The thing Marc Aspland likes most about sports photography is that he has absolutely no control over the events unfolding in front of him. "I cannot ask Jonny Wilkinson to re-drop that goal for England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final because someone ran in front of my lens," says the Canon Ambassador. "That's part of the challenge of doing this work."
Marc has been rising to that challenge for the past 30 years as a sports photographer. He has been the Chief Sports Photographer at The Times newspaper in the UK since 1993. During that time he has photographed major sporting events around the world, including six summer Olympic Games and four FIFA World Cup Finals. He has won the Sports Photographer of the Year award four times.
Regularly shooting everything from football, tennis and swimming to horse racing, Marc also likes photographing sports that push him out of his comfort zone. For example, winter sports such as speed skating, curling and snowboarding challenge him to think afresh about what he does and how he wants to capture it. However, his enthusiasm for sports photography hasn't been fuelled just by the unpredictability of what he's photographing or capturing the moments that hit the headlines.
Here, Marc looks back at his work and offers the top techniques and approaches that have helped improve his sports photography the most.