De La Salle Soccer Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who attended the Camera West Photo Walk last night. We covered a great soccer match under the stadium lights of De La Salle High School in Concord.

I chose a night game for this photo walk to challenge the shooters. I think i succeded! Covering soccer in itself is challenging due to the fast, unpredictable action and size of the playing field. However at night, under dim stadium lights, it’s even more difficult. Long, fast aperture lenses are needed, along with a camera that can handle high ISOs. (For the action photos you see on this page, I used a Canon 1DX with a 400mm f2.8 lens. ISO was set at 8000 with a shutter speed of 1/640 of a second.)

Those photo walkers who did not have 2.8 aperture telephotos, practiced a technique called panning or what I like to call, painting with motion. When done right with a slow shutter speed, it can produce fluid, action photos.

A special thank you to De La Salle’s athletic department and Conrad Rowling for allowing us to hold this photo walk.

Photos will soon be published from all the participants on the Camera West Photo Walk Flickr site.

And as always, check out our Events link on the Camera West website for upcoming photo walks and events. On our next photo walk, we will be shooting beautiful waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County.

January Photo Walk : Shooting Soccer

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he shows us what it takes to shoot a very difficult sport : soccer. For this photo walk, we will visit the campus of De La Salle High School in Concord and have sideline access to shoot a varsity game against Richmond High.

Shooting soccer is a real challenge due to the fast, unpredictable action, the size of the playing field and in this case the lighting – or lack of it since the match will be played at night under the stadium lights. Michael will be on hand to help you set up your camera and give you valuable info to help you come up with some great action shots. What you learn in this photo walk, can be applied to any other action sport or just to capture images of your kids running through the park.

Although we will have sideline access, a fast telephoto lens is highly recommended.

Sign up early for this photo walk as it will be limited to just 12 participants.

Saturday, January 19
5:00 PM
Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.


Photo by Michael Maloney