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Sports photography master class: Tips for stellar shots

By Edward M. Pio Roda, CNN
July 31, 2012 -- Updated 1852 GMT (0252 HKT)
Use a fast shutter speed to stop action and a large aperture to create a shallow depth of field. If you prefer to use an automatic mode, use the "sports" program. Your camera will automatically select a fast shutter speed and large f-stop. Use a fast shutter speed to stop action and a large aperture to create a shallow depth of field. If you prefer to use an automatic mode, use the "sports" program. Your camera will automatically select a fast shutter speed and large f-stop.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In honor of the London Olympics, CNN helps you up your sports photography game
  • Check out the tips above, then submit your best sports photos to CNN iReport
  • The best images will be featured on CNN.com!

(CNN) -- Sports photographers from all over will descend on London for the 2012 Olympics to capture some of the world's best athletes in the heat of competition. You may not be headed to the games, but that doesn't mean you can't join in the fun! Welcome to the CNN iReport sports photography master class.

Check out the tips above from sports photography expert Edward M. Pio Roda. Then grab your camera, attend a local sporting event and submit your best shots to iReport by August 15. The best images, as selected by Pio Roda and other CNN photographers, will be featured in a photo gallery for CNN.com.

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