Capturing the free-spirited action of a children's football match requires quick reflexes and an even better zoom, as Canon Ambassador and professional sports photographer Molly Darlington knows only too well. Molly started shooting sports in 2015, while still at college. She then went on to shoot Premier League and Championship football, straight out of university.
Her strong sporting background meant she knew exactly the moments to capture at a football match. Armed with the pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, which packs a powerful 40x optical zoom in its compact body, along with the monocular-shaped Canon PowerShot ZOOM camera, she translated her pro storytelling skills onto the pitch at an amateur level. These two easy-to-use cameras are also ideal for capturing outdoor family activities or wildlife encounters, and will bring you closer to the action.
Explaining what she typically tries to create in her images, Molly says: "I hope to tell the story of the game, what happened throughout it, and show the highs and lows, so that when someone sees that image they can remember exactly the moment it happened.
"I always aim to capture memorable moments in sport. Usually at a football game, I would capture the goals, celebrations and important moments such as a red card being given. I also look for emotion in my images – whether that's excitement, frustration or dejection – from the players or the crowd."
Here Molly explains how you can do the same with a simple, compact set-up.