If you’re like me, you want to document the every day events in your child’s life. With my daughter participating in soccer and dance, I find myself carrying my camera to many practices and events. I have found a few tips to help me and my friends get the photos we want to preserve the memories of the sports our children participate in. Hopefully, these tips will help you as well.
- You will want to have a fast shutter speed to help freeze their motions. Since most sports are in the evening, I tend to use a speed of 1/500 or faster. This means I have to also raise the ISO to get good photos.
- You will want to shoot with a wide aperture in order to isolate your subject and blur out any surrounding players. It needs to be narrow enough, though, so your subject stays on the focal plane as they move. A great place to start is f/2 .8.
- Talk with your child about the taken photos beforehand. If you photographing them freaks them out, you need to either rethink taking photos or assure them you will not interfere with their play and be super discrete about taking photos.
- Photograph your child with confidence. Keep your distance from the action but shoot with confidence knowing that you and your child will enjoy having these images. If the other parents are watching you, don’t worry. Who knows, you may get some business from other parents.
- Carry along several lenses with different focal lengths. This will give you options as you begin to shoot, allowing you to tell the story more completely and thoroughly.
- Never shoot at the first practice. More than likely, your child will need the first practice to warm up some and feel comfortable in the sport. This is also a great time for you to plan out your photos by observing the location and the available light.
Documenting your child’s involvement in sports is a wonderful way to capture memories for a lifetime. Use the tips above to help you get the best photos.