During the winter of 2015/16, I participated as an assistant coach to South Tahoe’s wrestling program. Between junior high and high school I had seven years of 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, particularly the less popular sports like wrestling, it’s important to have quality promotion. And the key component to good promotion is through engaging visuals. The primary challenge to capturing dynamic images is that fact that wrestling provides a worst-case scenario with regard to photography — indoor, low-light, and action. Those two elements conspire against a photographer like no other conditions. Although I don’t have a professional grade camera, I am still able to capture quality photographs because I am well-versed in the sport (i.e. timing of the movements) and composition. Also, the camera I use (Nikon D3300) does have a decent sensor, so I can boost the ISO up and still get some relatively clean shots.