This week's featured photographer is Kaufman County based Robbie Rakestraw. I have had the pleasure of meeting Robbie on several occasions at sporting events and can confirm he is a great guy. He was helpful with some tips on using strobes for basketball when I was first getting into shooting high school sports.
Shooting sports, especially high school night games, just getting a crisp action shot can be hard. Robbie added the following tips to get the best shots possible.
Like any good sports photographer, Robbie knows that there are great pictures to be had besides the athletes...
Sports photography naturally led to shooting portraits as well, but the sports influence seems to come through there as well.
While photography is his passion, Robbie manages to fit in another 'regular' full time job into his schedule as well.
As you might expect, sports photography requires a hefty bit of gear in the camera bag.
"I’m a Canon shooter, and I generally only carry one camera body, which is a Canon 1D Mark IV," he said. "If I’m lucky enough to get a day game, I will carry a Canon Mark IIN as a second body. My go-to lens for most field sports is the Canon 400mm f/2.8 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 on the second body. I will also carry a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for post game shots. For softball I will use my 300mm f/2.8. At volleyball and basketball games my primary lens is the 70-200 and sometimes the 300."
He also posts a lot of recent highlights on Facebook.