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.
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.
Let’s face it, not many people are polite these days. From road rage on the highway to pushy people at the grocery store, everyone seems to be out for themselves. While that sort of behavior may lead to bad Karma (not to mention some dangerous driving conditions) when you’re trying take pictures at a youth sporting event, bad manners can prevent you from getting the best shots possible. Lucky for you, we’ve broken all these rules at least once (um, some of them multiple times), learned from our mistakes (sort of) and now want to share our wisdom so won’t have to go through the same headaches (hopefully).
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve found your way to this blog, I’m going to guess you’re a parent (or maybe a grandparent) with a son or daughter who plays sports. I would further speculate that you’ve tried to take a few photos during their games and were disappointed with the results. Maybe you even Google’d up a few photography websites with articles about shooting sports. Unfortunately, you probably discovered that many of them use lots of technical photography jargon and recommend equipment that can cost more than your monthly mortgage. Frankly, it can be a little intimidating and a lot frustrating. All you want to do is take some nice pictures of your child playing a game. Seriously, does it really have to be so hard?
No. No, it doesn’t.
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.