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.
HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS
It’s not all doom and gloom. For one thing, the photography tools available these days are just crazy awesome:
Long story, short...there have never been more crazy awesome tools for taking, editing and sharing great photos than we have now.
BUT…(THERE'S ALWAYS A BUT, RIGHT?)
I know what you’re thinking. “All that sounds great but I don’t really want to learn about apertures and f-stops and I don’t want to empty my bank account to buy a bunch of camera gear, especially when I have no idea what to buy anyway. I just want to take a few nice photos of my kid playing sports. Can’t I just do that?"
Trust me, I get it. I’ve been where you are. Honestly, the first couple of years I tried taking photos at my daughter’s games, I got so frustrated I almost quit. In the end however, I’m glad I didn’t. Taking pictures helped me feel engaged and involved rather than just being an passive spectator. The photos I captured have been enjoyed by a wide range of family members, coaches, teammates and friends. There’s no reason photography can’t be the same positive experience for you too.
That said, I don't want to make it sound like super simple either. It really depends on your goals and expectations. If you’re just looking for a few simple techniques to improve the quality of your photos a bit, there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ll be sharing a range of quick tips specifically designed to help you improve your photos quickly without having to nerd out or empty your checking account.
On the other hand, if you'd like to go a little more in-depth but have been nervous about diving into the deep end of the pool, no worries. We’ll be your life vest. You can start out in the shallow end and slowly work our way up. Either way, the amount of time, money and effort you choose to spend is completely up to you.
Overall, the most important thing to remember is that youth sports and photography are all about having fun and learning. There's no pressure and no one is getting graded on their results (which is a good thing because I probably would've flunked a lot of my early tests).
If you have a specific problem or challenge you need help with or simply want to share some of the photos you’ve taken, feel free to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.