EOS World member Eldridge Chang’s sports photos captured the spotlight in the local news recently. Find out more about his shooting passion expressed through his trusty Canon EOS 7D camera.

EOS photographer Eldridge Chang

When his grandparents got him an EOS 1100D for his 16th birthday, Eldridge Chang has been unstoppable since. “My photos give viewers a new perspective of everyday places and what it is like to freeze a fast-paced moment,” he explains. So it isn’t surprising that Eldridge’s favourite genre happens to be sports.

EOS 7D | F/4 | ISO 800 | 1/800s

EOS 7D | F/4 | ISO 800 | 1/800s

“Sports happen in a very fast paced environment so that if you should blink, you’ll miss the moment,” he explains. According to Eldridge, the challenge he finds in the sporting arena is the constant action. Due to that, there is no luxury of time to play back the shots captured. “So knowing the rules of the sport you’re shooting is really an advantage.”

He adds, “It allows me to know which athletes are the strong favourite’s to win and hence, my focus would be more on the person during the competition.”

EOS 7D | F/8 | ISO 640 | 1/80s

Although Eldridge does bowl and has participated in certain track events, he does not have any particular preference of which kind of sports he likes to shoot. “It does help to know how the game flows,” he tells us.

Eldridge generally enjoys capturing emotions of the athletes and pushing his equipment to its limits especially when shooting indoor sports. His most memorable shooting experience was capturing the SEA Games.

EOS 7D | F/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/320s

He enjoyed capturing Team Singapore’s fighting spirit throughout the Games, with the local athletes competing on home ground. “In my opinion, photography lets you get up close and personal with the action and athlete. I’ll feel accomplished if I can show both the action and athletes in the photos I take. That’s what sports photography is all about,” he elaborates.

Recently, the local papers published a few of his shots of our SEA Game athletes which got Eldridge very excited. When asked how he felt about that, he told us, “Not only being featured gets you recognised, but it also brings recognition to the athletes and the sport itself which is just as important.”

EOS 7D | F/3.5 | ISO 800 | 1/8000s

Currently, Eldridge is using a Canon EOS 7D for sports and EF-S15-85mm F/3.5-F5.6 IS USM lens for venue coverage and group photos, and an EF70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM for close-up intense sporting actions. The latter is his must-have lens for any sporting events. “The Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quick focusing and the Image Stabilisation (IS) definitely helps me to capture the fast paced environment that I am in,” he adds. “It’s also versatile and compact to fit in my photo bag.”

When asked what is on his wish list, Eldridge quips, “If money isn’t a factor, I’d definitely get a Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens that will provide me a better reach and also a prime that would help enhance the bokeh effect.”

For those interested in trying their hand at sports photography, Eldridge recommends reading up on the genre and the sport you will be covering before shooting.

Experience high-speed shooting with Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Packed with a superb 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO 16,000, and dual DIGIC 6 image processors. EOS 7D Mark II is ideal for sports with its impeccable imaging quality in changing lighting situations.

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