It may look so easy but taking photos of a sporting event is hard. It is not impossible but it is definitely a challenge to any photographer. For most experts, a camera stabilizer is used to take clear pictures of a subject in motion. We all know that these types of videography or photography gear are quite expensive. So for those photographers who are on a tight budget, there are actually other photography techniques that you can use aside from camera stabilization systems like Glidecam or Hague camera stabilizer. Getting rid of pesky motion blur in sports photography is one the most common dilemma for sports photographers. The main goal in sports photography is to capture the drama in the game, like players frozen in mid-air, so you can feel the suspense in the game. The picture should also have more color contrast that will emphasize the subject and stand out from the background. How to achieve this? First, you need to always keep the shutter speed of your digital camera high. Most sports photographers aim for shutter speeds in the 1/500s to 1/1000s range. This is what allows you to freeze the motion. However, if the venue is not well lit then it is hard to shoot at a high shutter speed. Second is to use flash to add more light to the scene. In most cases, using flash in sporting events especially major ones are strictly prohibited because it might distract the athletes. If you have a professional camera that uses some kind of master/slave flash system on a camera mount, you can trigger the upper lights installed in the rafters without distracting the players. Another technique is to increase your ISO setting. This way you are effectively making your dslr camera process the light faster and get the motion freezing effect. But make sure to choose your ISO setting wisely because it can affect your camera’s sensitivity and image stabilization. Lastly, you need to increase the aperture and use a wide zoom lens. The only problem that you may encounter with this is that, as you increase the aperture, you also decrease the depth of field. It is really a challenging photographic opportunity but once you’ve mastered it, this will give you many opportunities to capture dramatic and vivid images that will last a lifetime.