During the winter of 2015/16, I participated as an assistant coach to South Tahoe’s wrestling program. Between my junior high and high school years I logged seven years of wrestling experience, so it was nice to be able to give back through volunteerism. In addition to helping out by being a crash test dummy for the kids, I made a point to take photographs of them during their matches.
With smaller athletic programs and less popular sports like wrestling, it’s important to have quality promotion. And the key component to good promotion is through engaging visuals. However, the major challenge to capturing dynamic imagery in sports like wrestling is that they provide a worst-case scenario with regard to photography — indoor, low-light, and action. Those three elements conspire against a photographer like no other conditions. Although I don’t have a professional grade camera, I’m still able to capture decent shots since I am well-versed in the sport (i.e. timing of the movements) and composition. Until the day comes where I’ll be able to afford a camera with an exceptional sensor, I’ll make do with what I have and embrace the extra noise.