3 Tips for Capturing Unforgettable Sports Moments

Kids playing soccerWhether you are the parent of an athlete or a live sports fanatic, you may be singing It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to yourself now that fall sports are beginning.


If you’re sitting at your child’s soccer, football, wrestling, volleyball or other fall sporting practices and games, you more than likely have several dozen shots during each event that are missing the main moment you wanted to capture.


The timing is too late, distance too far or you actually have no idea what you were even trying to document by the time you look at it later. Consider these tips before photographing action shots your next live sporting event.

 

Most of us are using our smartphones for the bulk of our photo taking these days. They are convenient, practically attached to our hands and let’s face it, the photo quality is great. The tips discussed are based on smartphone use.  

 

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The best way to prepare for catching the action shot of big scoring moment is to practice!

Plan and Practice

The best way to prepare for catching the action shot of big scoring moment is to practice! Every practice, warm-up or when someone else is the focus during a real game, play around with your camera and get your timing and settings right.


You can figure out how long of a delay there is before pushing the button to shoot and the capture, test the lighting and try out all of your presets before your kiddo or favorite team has the ball.


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Take Advantage of Phone Features

Think about which shots are the most important to you. Do you care more about seeing that score, the entire scene on the field or emotion on the player’s faces? How about an entirely different view – catch grandparent’s faces in the stands while they beam with pride watching their grandchildren playing well. Practice a variety of these type of shots as well.


Take Advantage of Phone Features

Nearly all smartphones have the functionality to capture the right moment for you. Shooting in burst mode is a great place to start. This is also sometimes called high-speed mode or continuous mode. Typically, if you just hold down the shutter button, your phone will automatically shoot many shots in a row. You have a much higher chance of getting the perfect action shot moment. This does slightly degrade the quality of the images, so that’s something to consider.


You should also test out the lighting presets on your phone to determine what’s best for the current game situation. Cloudy, night or bright sun all bring their own photography challenges. Before the game starts, play around with the lighting options on your phone so that the big touchdown isn’t ruined with glaring light.


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Fight the urge to have the perfect zoom and crop for every shot. Zooming on a smartphone degrades the quality of the image.

Worry About Editing Later

Fight the urge to have the perfect zoom and crop for every shot. Zooming on a smartphone degrades the quality of the image. It also limits everything in the frame. Maybe you could’ve caught a cool shot of the ball in the air, but it was zoomed too close. There may also be something really interesting happening on the sideline or outfield. It is very simple to do basic editing, such as cropping, within your phone after the excitement of the game is over.


Hopefully, you will capture that exact moment your child or favorite team scores using these tips for photographing action shots your next live sporting event. You will love being able to look back and see that exact moment of pride on their face.


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How to Capture Action Shots During Fall Sports and Activities

Kids playing soccerFall is the perfect time for hiking, biking, and playing sports. The weather is clean, crisp, and refreshing – and it’s our last hurrah before hibernation mode sets in. It’s also one of the most scenic times of the year to take amazing photos your family and friends in action. You’ll want to capture every dynamic moment fall has to offer, whether you’re heading to the big homecoming football game, hiking up a nearby mountain or practicing soccer with the kids.

 

There is one slight problem – capturing motion in photography can be difficult to pull off. To help, we’ve pulled together the following tricks and tips around how to capture action shots that you can use this fall:

 

Get in on the action

 

If you’re looking for interesting angles and unique expressions for an action shot, try moving with the players along the sidelines or lying down in the grass and aiming your lens up at the subject (preferably out of harm’s way). Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you place your camera—the result will make for some really impactful photos that you may have missed otherwise.

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