Photographing High School Lacrosse

Let us begin with the obvious fact; covering high school Lacrosse with the camera is a challenge because any of the following factors would lead to mediocre shots if you;

• picked a wrong place to cover the sport,
• forgot to set the camera at its optimum, or
• got a below-par camera


You’ll simply waste your time and effort. There are few things to consider. But before that, you need to know what the sport is all about.
Lacrosse has a lot on offer for the kind of people who like action-packed and fast-paced sport. It’s more like American Football when comes to speed and agility, otherwise you can spot the difference between the two fairly easily. For example:

• The ball used in Lacrosse is smaller than the one used in American football,
• The shape and size of the helmet is different,
• Changes in directions in lacrosse is much frequent as compared to football. Plus, players need to be more agile to move around.

There is a big difference in cleats used in the two sports, which obviously, wouldn’t be as noticeable for a layman. Here are some noteworthy differences.
Lacrosse cleats are meant for better movement and breathability, whereas football shoes have the basic purpose of giving protection against the opponent’s cleats. First off, check out this article –
Additionally, the cleats feature mesh vents that are meant to provide extra airflow.

They also have leather upper for better breathability as compared to synthetic uppers in football cleats. And finally, there are fewer studs in the football cleats as compared to lacrosse cleats.
Well, you’ll get to know the sport better once you start photographing it. So, here are a few tips you should follow while photographing high school lacrosse.

contact sport

1. Reach of Your Lens Determines the Quality of the Picture

That’s obvious, considering Lacrosse is a contact sport, you need to have at least a DSLR camera to shoot a collision (you wouldn’t want to miss the details, would you?). A 200mm lens is the minimum requirement and would give you some good snaps of half of the field. But if you have a 300mm or higher lens, it’ll give you perfect opportunity to cover the sport.

2. Choose the Spot Wisely

If you chose to stand at the middle of the sideline, you’ve made a bad choice. This position is far from the goal and there will be a fewer opportunities of shooting a player from the front. Interesting actions happen near the goalpost and creases, giving you a perfect opportunity to capture the action as well as the players.

3. Act Fast During Action

When the player is about to take a shot at the goal, the shutterspeed of your camera should be at least 1/350 seconds if it has a 300mm lens. A 1/500 sec shutterspeed would be ideal to capture the expressions of the player as well as the ball.

4. What to Shoot

Are you following the game or the player? It depends upon the level of the game you’re covering. Since you’re covering a school event, “following the player” would be a good strategy to make all the team members happy.

5. Set Your Camera

If it’s a DSLR camera (which I recommended earlier) keep it to 1/500 sec shutterspeed and it will pick the aperture itself. And if it’s a bright day, you can set it to Av with a large aperture (like f4).