By the time your kids are old enough to play sports, there’s a good chance you’ve figured out the importance of planning as a parent. Remember when they were babies and you couldn’t run to the grocery store without planning for every possible need, problem and/or catastrophe? Whether you knew it or not, you were developing strategic planning skills that will serve you well as the parent of a young athlete and as a photographer. Let’s face it, just getting a kid dressed and ready for a game—along with a cooler full of snacks and drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, etc.—takes a ton of preparation. The good news is that if you add just a few items to your pre-game checklist, you can also be prepared to take some truly awesome photos too. And the best part is that they’re all fairly simple. C’mon, let me show you.
Raise your hand if you’re lusting after a new camera (*raises hand*). No worries. It’s perfectly normal. Nothing to be embarrassed about. I’m certainly not. I mean, it’s not like I pathologically search eBay and Facebook for new camera deals multiple times a day or anything (you know...in case that’s what you were thinking). Ahem...anyhoo, camera gear lust has been an common affliction among photographers almost since cameras were invented. But before you shell out hundreds (or even thousands) of your hard earned dollars, there are three super important things you need to do first. I know, I know. You’re really anxious to get your hands on that awesome new camera but hear me out first. You’ll thank me later.
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.
Let’s start off with the good news: the number of high quality point and shoot cameras available has never been higher. The bad news? The number of high quality point and shoot cameras has never been higher. You'd think that having so many fantastic options would be great but it actually just makes it harder for the average non-photography expert to figure out which one is right for their exact needs. And if you have kids that play sports, your needs could be very specific. No worries though. We’ve taken a look at the latest round of point and shoot wonders and have put together recommendations matching up specific models with some of the most popular sports. It doesn’t get much easier than that. You're welcome.