The whole point of this blog is to give folks advice on taking better pictures at their kids’ sporting events without getting overly technical. But here’s the trouble: some topics are just technical in nature. Blurring is one of them. Mostly because there are a bunch of things that can cause blur and many of them interact with each other which means it can be kinda tough to figure out what’s causing the problem. I’ll do my best to keep the conversation as simple as possible but if you get confused or don’t understand something, you can leave comments at the end of this blog post or you can email me directly. Either way, I’ll do my best to offer as much help as possible. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the basics.
When you bring your camera to your son or daughter’s game, you’re probably hoping to capture a great action shot, right? Ideally, you’ll get the perfect image of them swinging a bat, racket or club, crushing whatever ball was unfortunate enough to get in their way. Or maybe you’ll get a photo of them crossing up a defender on their way to the game-winning score (while proudly thinking, “That’s my baby”).
5 Simple ways photo editing software can transform your youth sports photos from ordinary to awesome
I know what you’re thinking “Yeah, I know there are programs like Photoshop that can do all kinds of amazing things but I barely have time to even download the photos off my camera much less learn how to use super complex software for editing them.” Fair enough. But what if the edits were super simple and quick to apply? Wouldn’t you have to at least think about it? Keep in mind, no one is saying you have to edit every photo. Maybe just pick out a few favorites to share with family and friends online, include in a holiday photo book or make a framed print. It’s completely up to you. My guess? Once you see the dramatic difference these simple edits can make, you’ll be using them on a regular basis.
About 8 years ago, my wife and I were planning vacation to Hilton Head Island and I talked her into letting me buy a new lens for the trip. I went with a Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Contemporary DC Macro OS HSM because it gave me a nice range of wide angle and telephoto options. I purchased the lens on Amazon for around $400. At the time, it was easily the most money I’d ever spent on a lens but, given the versatility of the zoom, I assumed it would be the only lens I’d ever need. And it was...until my grandson started playing sports.
You know those blooper shows on television where they play videos of people involved in funny accidents? It’s usually something like a dad trying to teach his young son or daughter how to swing a bat or throw a ball only to get hit in the groin when not paying attention. One of the reasons we feel okay about laughing at those mishaps is because we understand no one was seriously injured (or at least that’s what they tell us). When you’re photographing sports, the potential for serious injury is all too real and not the least bit funny. But don’t put that camera away just yet. I have a few suggestions for ways you can protect yourself and still get great shots.
I have a confession to make. Every so often, I get a little distracted and forget to bring my DSLR camera when we leave for my grandson’s games (my wife calls them my “senior moments”). On one of those “rare” occasions (more side eye from the wife) a couple years ago, I noticed a few parents using their smartphones to take pictures and thought “What the heck, it’s worth a try.” And boy am I ever glad I did.