9. Be prepared for bad weather
"Sometimes the best pictures are taken in the worst conditions. A rugby match where it's pouring with rain and the players are covered in mud is great – you can get lovely pictures of someone doing a diving tackle into a big puddle. But you have to plan for that and make sure you protect your camera, and yourself. I have Gore-Tex covers for my camera but they're quite expensive so I also bring lots of chamois leathers and cloths you can buy at garages. You can use them to wipe, dry or put over the camera so they absorb the wetness. I also have a decent waterproof coat, waterproof trousers, waterproof shoes and various gloves. You don't want to miss out because you have wet feet and can't concentrate."
10. Push your camera... and yourself
"You might be at a rugby match on a horrible winter's day with no floodlights, thinking, 'I can't photograph anything', but you can always try. Modern cameras have incredible sensors. They can sense better than you can see, so don't let dark conditions put you off. Knowing your camera and what it can and can't do is so important," Tom says. The full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has an ISO range of 100-32000 and accurate AF even in low light, while the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has an ISO range of 100-51200.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s successor, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, is engineered to excel in all areas, with dramatically improved battery life using the LP-E19 battery, new illuminating buttons and an all-new AF point selection control within the AF-ON button in addition to the multi-controller. All in a magnesium alloy weather-sealed body.
"At sports events I don't want to think about my camera, I want to focus on the action. If you're thinking about shutter speed or what different buttons do, you're not in the match or event. I'll change settings during a match but so quickly, it's instinctive. Take your camera everywhere and shoot all the time. Only then will you understand what it's capable of."