Liam Photography Podcast

Liam Photography Podcast


Episode 168: Replay: Jeff Harmon Talks Sports Photography

July 15, 2021

In this episode I talk Sports Photography with Jeff Harmon. You can find all of the Show Notes for this Episode at the show’s website. You will also find the full text of this episode as well as Jeff’s Beautiful images he shared for this episode. Check out Jeff’s work at https://www.jsharmonphotos.com Also check out Jeff’s two podcasts at https://phototacopodcast.com And https://masterphotographypodcast.com/ Liam: 1). For those who may not be familiar, tell us a little about yourself and your photography background

Jeff: I bought my first “real” camera for Christmas in 2011.  A little over 8 years ago now, can’t believe it has been that long.  I have three kids, who were 11, 8, and 5 back then, and they were all participating in sports, plays, dance and other things where my wife and I were trying to take pictures of them.  We had a little Canon PowerShot point and shoot camera we were using for most of this and it just wasn’t producing the kind of results we wanted so that Christmas we decided our big family gift would be a DSLR.

I had no idea what I was doing when I bought that DSLR.  I didn’t know anything about shutter, aperture, or ISO.  I didn’t know focal length of lenses.  I was totally uneducated with that and with camera brands.  I chose a Canon 60D camera that came with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lenses mostly because our little Canon PowerShot camera seemed pretty good and because I had seen a lot of advertising for Canon cameras.

Not knowing at all what to do with a DSLR, I tried using it on Christmas day with my kids.  Nearly all of the houses here in Utah have basements in them, and we had a little play room down in our basement that had these big bean bags that the kids could jump onto and have a nice soft spot to land on.  The camera came set to auto and I held it with one hand while on the other hand I tossed a little football to my boys while jumped to the bean bag and tried to catch it.

The photos were horribly dark and blurry.  Total disaster.  My wife looked at the photos and asked me if I made a mistake in the camera we bought.  I told her that I was sure it was just me not knowing how to use the camera and I would figure it out.  I dove in over that Christmas break and started my journey to learning everything I can about photography.  I had no idea it would turn into a serious passion of mine and be something I would enjoy so much.

All of my photography is a hobby.  It is a passionate hobby I spend a lot of time on, but I am not a professional photographer paying my bills with my photography.  I feel like I have made a lot of progress in learning how to get the very most out of my camera and create compelling images, and one of my favorite things to do is shooting sports, but I have a full time day job that pays the bills.

Liam: 2). What started your interest in shooting sports, and do you shoot only high school sports?

Jeff: There is a lot more to the story from there because I don’t just shoot sports, but with this episode focusing more on sports let me just finish up this intro here by saying that I learned a lot about shooting sports by shooting my kids in soccer and basketball games they were playing in.  I quickly figured out the 60D could do a lot, but the frame rate was too slow and I was missing the epic moment.  So I saved for a while and doubled the frame rate from 5 to 10 by buying a Canon 7DM2.  That new camera body,