I have a confession folks. When my daughters were in junior high, Clueless was one of their favorite movies and I actually loved it too. I know it's kind of juvenile but what can I say, there was something about the quirky humor that just appealed to me. To this day, my daughters and I still quote the movie to each other in conversations. Among the many iconic scenes, one of our favorites involved the main character, Cher, being scolded for running a stop sign while driving to school. Cher blew off the mistake by explaining “I totally paused.” Why am I bringing this up? Well, if you haven’t already guessed from the title of the post, avoiding blur in your sports photography often means “finding the pause” when you’re shooting your kids’ sports action. Wondering WTF I'm talking about? Let me explain.
I’m not gonna lie, football has some of the toughest photographic challenges of any sport you’ll ever shoot. Just to name a few: there are 22 players on the field, all of them are moving at the same time, the field itself is gigantic (which means the action often happens very far away), games are played in all sorts of inclement weather and depending on the age level, the games sometimes happen at night. Any one of these conditions alone would be tricky for any photographer. Combine them into a single event and you have a photographic nightmare. Sounds impossible, right? Nope. It just means you have to know a few tips and tricks to navigate your way around. Oh look, we have five of ‘em just for you. Must be your lucky day.
Let me know if this sounds familiar: After a long day of work, you haul ass back to your house, pick up your kid and race to the local ball diamond or soccer field because they have practice (AGAIN) where you’ll spend two hours NOT getting anything done even though you have a TON of stuff you need to get done. It’s the life of a typical sports parent and it can be frustrating to say the least. But rather than getting bitter, we have a better idea. Since you already have to be there anyway, why not bring your camera along? I know, it sounds kinda weird to take pictures at practice but it can actually be a perfect opportunity to capture some truly unique shots. Don’t believe me? Check out these ideas...
So, you’ve been taking photos at your kids sporting events for a while now and the results have been okay but you’re not expecting any job offers from Sports Illustrated either. Sure, you’d like to invest in a better camera and maybe even some awesome zoom lenses but the expense is hard to justify. What if I told you there’s a very good chance you can see immediate improvements in your photos without spending a dime on new equipment? How’s that possible? One word: composition.
We all know moms are the heart and soul of any family. That’s especially true when your family includes kids who play sports. She cleans and scrubs uniforms, manages practice and game schedules, helps with team snacks and organizes team fundraisers. In addition to all that, moms also tend to take on the role of family photographer (usually because everyone LOVES those photo books and calendars she sends out at Christmas every year, am I right?). So, in honor of sports moms everywhere, we have a list of five tips that will hopefully remove some of the stress from her hectic life, at least when it comes to taking pictures at her kids games.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from taking and sharing photos of my kids, grandkids and all their teammates over the years is that everyone—and I mean everyone—loves getting pictures of their kids or grandkids. (I’ve had grown women cry while telling me how much they appreciate the photos I took of their son or daughter.) Given how much people enjoy having these precious photos, you’d think every youth sporting event would be filled with people using cameras. Nope, not so much.
It’s been a long winter, March Madness is starting to wind down and opening day for MLB teams has arrived. In the next few weeks, thousands and thousands of kids will be pulling bats and mitts from the back of their closets in anticipation of hearing those two magic words, “Play ball.” As a parent, that’s your cue to get your camera gear gathered up. You’ll want to make sure you're ready to capture amazing photos that will not only make for lasting memories but also make the rest of the parents on your team intensely jealous of your skills. Lucky for you, we’ve got some suggestions that should help you achieve both goals.
When I first started taking pictures at my daughter’s softball games, I learned very quickly that sports photography isn’t as easy as it looks. I made all kinds of mistakes, wasted lots of money on expensive film and processing and even got yelled at a time or two (Turns out spectators don’t appreciate it when you block their view of the game. Crazy, right?).
The good news is that I learned a lot from all those mistakes and now I’m going to share some of that hard-won wisdom with you. I can’t promise Sports Illustrated results right away but with a little practice and a few key tips, you can learn to get action shots you can be proud of.