How to Photograph Children During Sports Activities

When your children get involved in extracurricular activities, you want to get photographs of them; both during practice and in the heat of the game. Read this article to learn how.

Steps

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    Get to know the coaches and other parents. This will reduce any uncomfortable moments. People tend to get protective and angry if someone they don't know is too concerned with photographing their children.
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    Check your camera to see if it has a 'Sports' mode. This will set your shutter speed, aperture, and other things to improve your photo.
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    If it doesn't, try these settings:
    • Metering Mode: Evaluative
    • Drive mode: Single shot or continuous
    • Shutter Priority (allowing for you to set up appropriate speed)
    • ISO setting: The lowest you can go for the current light conditions
    • Focus Mode: Continuous Autofocus (this improves your chances of getting a non-blurry image)
    • Focus point: Single autofocus point
    • Focal length: 100mm or more. Since you can't be that close to your child while getting the shot, you need a lens with a little range.
    • Image Stabilization: Use it if you got it
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    Wait until the children start playing. Let them forget you are there with a camera. In this day and age, that should happen pretty quickly. Most parents have cameras of some sort.
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    Wait for a stupendous moment: e.g. touchdown, goal, radical cheer, the ubiquitous blooper...
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    If your camera has the ability to take more than one photo at a time, try using that setting. You will be more likely to catch your shot that way.
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    Be sure to capture their emotions. E.g. Excitement, despair, intensity, etc.

Tips

  • See if you can get close to the sidelines so that you can be closer to any action that you might want to capture.

Sources and Citations

  • Information and idea from Digital SLR Settings & Shortcuts for Dummies, 3rd Edition
  • Tips For Photographers.com

Article Info

Categories: Parenting and Technology | Sports Photography