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This book is a practical guide to sport photography and the chief of sport photography, Andy Hooper at the Daily Mail, acts as the perfect mentor leading the reader through every aspect. The focus of this book is on the London 2012 Olympics and using his knowledge of previous Olympic projects, Hooper sets out a clear and comprehensive methods to capture that perfect moment.
After the introduction, Hooper breaks down the guide into 6 main chapters headings which are, Photographing Key Events, Outdoor Sports, Indoor Sports, Taking Pictures in and around London, Techniques and Equipment and Legal Issues. In the outdoor and indoor sports sections, the vast majority of Olympic events are featured. Every event has 4 main topics that Hooper guides the reader through, challenges, camera setup, positioning and key technique. There are some sub-categories as well but not all of them are featured in each event. These are, compact camera, technical wish list, tips and ideas and winning shot. In each section a key image is printed and a break down of the shot is written alongside it. Hooper’s knowledge and understanding of not only the games but also the buildings, arenas and stadiums where the games will be held, really gives the reader an insight and superiority. The book also features a spectators angle sub - category so you already know what vantage point you will have before you've even stepped inside the building.
Even though this book covers a lot of information it never feels extensive or exhausting. There's hardly any jargon and furthermore, you don't have to read the whole book if you don't want to, just simply pick the events you're going to see and put the information into practice.
I think Capture the Moment is really helpful and perfect preparation tool. It's something to definitely keep in your photography library and an absolute must for anyone going to the London Olympics wanting to get the best out of their experience.