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Posted 4/6/2010 by Kim M. in General Photography
 

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**Woops! I just posted this on the General Scrapping Board! I feel like I just came out of the bathroom with my skirt caught in my underwear! **

Sports photography can be extremely rewarding and challenging. Whether you're looking to remember your child's accomplishments or work in event photography, there are some guidelines that will help you to achieve your maximum potential as a sports shooter.

Unlike many genres of photography, sports can be a challenge as you strive to combine the quality of the shot with the equipment you have available. The equipment can restrict what you can capture. And, there are times that you need to sit back and enjoy the game or event. To get a great sports photo, you need to capture a sharp, well lit, well composed shots that are at the height of action. Catching the emotion of the players or crowd also set the stage for amazing sports photography. It's really tough to get all of this with short lenses or narrow apertures. Low speed memory cards also can restrict how far you can push your gear.

One other thing, before we get into anything technical, is to have a good working knowledge of the sport you are going to photograph. Your equipment can not anticipate the play...that is up to you. By having a working knowledge of the sport, you can get yourself into position to catch the big play, no matter the sport. And the sports that you can practice with are going on year round. Don't limit yourself to the big ones. There's always action to cover, whether it is youth sports, middle school, high school...and it keeps on going!


The Camera
Probably the most important aspect of your camera is the ability to shoot in manual mode. You don't want to allow the camera to make your decisions when shooting sports. You, as the photographer, need to know when to keep the shutter speed up high, when you want a narrow aperture to make your primary object or person stand out, when you want a slower shutter speed to pan someone/thing (like a race car, so that you can show motion), or even to make adjustments for lighting.

The Lenses
Your lens will affect the quality of your photos in sports. If your lens is too short, you may nail focus but your subjects will look like tiny ants and it will be difficult to get a tight crop. Also, because of the focal distance, you will lose your subject into the background as you'll have very little depth of field. Therefore, the further you are from the action, the longer reach you'll need in order to capture the action. Also, unless you have multiple bodies for your lenses, you will probably want a zoom. This will keep you from missing action while you change lenses.

The rule of thumb is for each 100mm in focal length, you can cover around 10 yards. So, to shoot from one end of the basketball court to the opposite end (which is approximately 30 yards), you would want about 300mm of focal length. But, when they are closer to you (which can happen really fast in basketball!), you may want closer to 85mm to fill the frame. Now, you can see where a zoom lens would make this easier that switching off your lenses!


The other thing to think about when you choose your lens is the aperture rating. Is it a constant f/2.8? Or, does the aperture change as you zoom? Consumer grade lenses often have a variable aperture with f5.6 being the smallest when zoomed. Now, if you're shooting baseball or soccer where you're on a sunny field, you can usually work with these lenses. In a gym, though, f5.6 will be difficult to work with unless you have great lighting (which is not the norm in high school or grade school gyms!). Remember, the lower your "f" number, the more light you are letting in, allowing you to get the shutter speed up to freeze action and more shallow your depth of field which will help you to isolate your subject and have them in focus while giving your background the out-of-focus blur...which is great for disguising clutter or undesirable backgrounds.


Probably, the most popular lenses for sports are the 70-200, 80-200, 70-300 or 100-400 zoom lenses, with the smallest f-stop you can afford. The 70-200/f2.8 is a pretty standard zoom for many sports shooters.

A couple of things to make sure you have in your bag at sporting events are extra batteries (you don't want to run out of juice at the end of a big game!), extra memory cards (same reason), and a "rain coat" for your camera/lens (you don't want to be caught outside with your gear when a rain storm pops up!). I also have a monopod with me. I don't use mine all of the time (I prefer to hand hold so that I can move around more), but during a long day holding heavy equipment, it's good to have the monopod for some "wrist relief".

I also keep a flash with me, though I seldom use it. Always check with officials before using your flash. Some sports (like gymnastics or golf) do not allow flash photography at all. Also, sports with animals are very restrictive with flash. Rodeo is the first one that comes to mind. Flash just simply pisses off horses and bulls. Really, it does.

Learn the sport you're shooting.

You don't need to be an expert, but you should learn the fundamentals at the very least. You need to know how to anticipate what the key players are going to do so that you're at least one step ahead of the play. As long as you understand the mechanics of the game you're shooting, you'll know to be ready for a slide into 2nd base when there's a runner only on first, or you can anticipate a jump shot in basketball or a block near the basket. In football, by knowing fundamentals, you'll have a general idea on whether you have a passing play or running play coming up. Get to know your sport and you'll have a better chance of catching peak action excitement.
Put the time in beforehand to learn your sport and you won't be scrambling for the shot.


Tips

Before you hit the field, there are some techniques that you can learn and practice. A great way to practice is to photograph someone that is on their bicycle. You can work on getting your shutter speed up high to freeze the motion. Or, lower your shutter speed and pan the cyclist to keep your subject in focus with lots of background motion blur.

Keep your shutter speed at 250 minimum...500 is better...to freeze the action. Raise your ISO if you need to in order to keep the shutter speed up. You can get reduce noise if you need to. You can't reduce motion blur after the shot is taken.


Try to position yourself ahead of the play. Wouldn't you rather catch the face coming at you than to capture the back of the head?
Goal for each photo...eyes (or face), ball and context (have the other team somewhere in the shot). It proves it's a game and not practice or warm ups.


When I'm capturing an individual, I like to turn my camera vertical to frame the athlete, but when it's a group I tend to be landscape to get the entire group.


For shooting action coming toward you (or away from you), it's best to shoot in AI Servo or Continuous Focus. This allows your focus to adjust as the action is happening.


Practice your timing before the big event...it's critical. Know what the shutter lag is on your camera, allowing you to anticipate and shoot to catch the action you want.


Know what outcome you want before you shoot. Fast shutter to freeze, slower shutter to show motion and panning.

Leave room for your subject to run "out of frame". You don't want to cut off part of your subject nor do you want to make it look like they are running into a wall.



Don't cut off body parts. Do your best to keep fingers, arms, legs, feet, etc. in the photo. Just like with portraits, you don't want to cut anyone off at the joint when you can avoid it. Also, don't cut out vital equipment. If you're shooting a golfer or hockey, for example, you want to frame the shot anticipating the swing of the club to keep the head in the photo. Or, you want to make sure you have the blade of the hockey stick in a shot or a save at the goal. The exception is when you are getting a tighter shot on the player's face.


Speaking of which...get the face shots. You want to remember (and catch) the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, whether it's a t-ball player at the plate for the first time or the celebration of a championship game. And, don't forget the crowd! Especially in high school and college sports, the crowd shots show the enthusiasm that students, parents and fans have for their school! (Think face painting, students sections, etc.) Oh, and don't forget the coaches. They tend to show just as much intensity as the athlete, at any level of play.




Change your perspective. Get down low on the ground. Or, up above the players. Catch silhouettes when the opportunity presents itself. There are a lot of places or directions that you can move to in order to catch something different.



I hope this Two Peas class has given you some more insight into photographing sporting events and can't wait to see your results! I know we have a few sports shooters on this board, so I'm sure they can chime in with additional information! Thank you for having me and happy shooting!


Kim

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Posted: 4/6/2010 8:14:04 AM
Wow Kim thanks so much. I love how you write and how you have interspersed the photos into it as well. Reading your class really made me think what sports do I know and that DS is about to start soccer for the first time and whew lot to learn to capture him on the field!
Thanks again!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 8:22:37 AM
Kim...this is a very informative lesson. Too bad, I don't shot sports but who knows in the future...when my kids get older. I am definitely going to bookmark/print this though. Great tips and thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I really love your work and your silhouettes are amazing!

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Posted: 4/6/2010 8:23:53 AM
I can honestly say that I've never really wanted to shoot sports (unless it was the X-games) but man... after reading/looking over your interview, I think I've totally changed my mind. The challenge... the anticipation... the emotion. Hmmmm, that sounds like something I would eat up, although I think for now, looking at your shots and soaking it in will be plenty for it also feels a bit overwhelming.

I love how your interview flowed and your knowledge was so pertinent. You examples were perfect and really made sense.

So how long have you been shooting sports? Did you always enjoy it, or did you kind of stumble into it?


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Posted: 4/6/2010 8:27:33 AM
Thank you Kim for putting together a beautifully illustrated and very comprehensive lesson.


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Posted: 4/6/2010 8:36:40 AM
Kim, thank you for putting this together! So much great information! I've never shot sports and didn't really have much interest until a friend asked me to take some shots of her daughter (she's a twirler and will be performing during half-time at her school football games). I'll keep a list of notes from your lesson handy so I can refer back to it when the time gets closer for the season to begin.

Thanks again


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Posted: 4/6/2010 9:20:56 AM
Oh my! What a great lesson, and Kim your pictures our outstanding!!! Thank you so much for putting this together!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 9:41:00 AM
Kim, this was just fabulous! I love all your shots, especially the shilouette one, wow! I only shoot 5 year old soccer (not too fast moving ) but this has given me some great ideas to think about. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 10:33:21 AM
Kim, your photo's are phenomenal, you do outstanding work

thank you for the sports lesson

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Posted: 4/6/2010 11:20:25 AM
Wow awesome, Thanks Kim


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Posted: 4/6/2010 11:34:23 AM
Great lesson! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 11:46:17 AM
Thanks so much for this! It was great to read and LOVE the photos!!!



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Posted: 4/6/2010 11:51:39 AM
Thanks for your great post. My son is registered for his first soccer season. I feel better equipped now to capture it!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 12:09:00 PM
Man, woman, you are such a *fantastic* photographer. I mean, really, I should hate you, you're so good, but I can't, cause you're just too good. Thanks for sharing all of this info with us.

Have you ever shot indoor volleyball? I have a friend who keeps wanting me to go shoot with him. He thinks he needs a 1.8 to be quick enough to shoot, but I think a 2.8 should be good enough. What say you, oh great one?

I love your soccer photos. My littlest is a soccer fiend. He's on hiatus playing baseball right now, which I must admit, at this age (8) is more fun to shoot because a lot of the kids still do the swarm the ball thing in soccer so bball offers some great photo ops, but I *heart* soccer. I love how the three boys jumping for the ball are also all intuitively bracing themselves for impact.

Love it.

For some inexplicable reason, I bought the baseball photos for my son's team and I could cry they are so bad.


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Posted: 4/6/2010 12:18:26 PM
Thanks so much for putting together a well-written and well-illustrated lesson. It was an interesting read. I'll keep your tips in mind as I shoot at Wendy's softball games.

I'm intrigued by the idea of panning. Do you have any images that you used a slower shutter speed and panning to get the motion blur?

Thanks again!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 12:40:28 PM
What perfect timing Kim, what great info and fab. photos.
Two of my little ones sports are getting underway. Little League here, and soccer in Co.
This will be fun to try to put your lessons to practice and see what I can come up with, LOL
Thank you so much.


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Posted: 4/6/2010 12:49:34 PM
You are AMAZING!!! Simply amazing! I never get tired of looking at your work. How lucky are those kids to have you around, shooting their games?

I want to come out and just watch you in action at a game, okay? Deal?


I mean, really, I should hate you, you're so good, but I can't, cause you're just too good.


No, Sandra, it's impossible to hate her because she is such a wonderful person and way too much fun to hang out with!

Thanks so much for taking the time and for the fabulous advice!



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Posted: 4/6/2010 12:55:54 PM

No, Sandra, it's impossible to hate her because she is such a wonderful person and way too much fun to hang out with!


we haven't all had that great pleasure (despite living in the same city!)


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Posted: 4/6/2010 1:31:58 PM
Thank you very much for this. I have grandsons who are on the swim team, soccor team, baseball team, and football (just starting out). Now I know that at least I am on the right track as far as the lenses and the shots I have been getting. With my entry level DSLR I can't get the best shots at high ISO but you have shown me some shots to keep an eye out for. Thank you again.

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Posted: 4/6/2010 1:44:17 PM
Do you actually like sports? Are you athletically inclined, or do you just like shooting sports?

Thanks for the great lesson.


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Posted: 4/6/2010 1:52:59 PM
Thanks, Kim for a fantastic lesson. I am eagerly awaiting the start of our spring seasons this Saturday, and will be thinking of you (or should I say channeling you ) as I shoot.

Thanks again!!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 2:47:21 PM
Wonderful lesson! I will be bookmarking this for when my two young children start playing sports. Thank you for putting this together.

Also your photography is amazing. Your photo's make me feel like I'm right there in the moment!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 3:03:20 PM
Wow, what a great lesson! Thanks so much for all that info and for sharing your images. They are awesome and capture the feeling of the moment so well!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 4:10:49 PM

Reading your class really made me think what sports do I know and that DS is about to start soccer for the first time and whew lot to learn to capture him on the field!

Thanks, Jodie! The good thing about starting now, when they are little, is that you can grow in sports shooting as they grow. The little ones are slower and easier to catch (though they tend to group up!). As they get faster, you'll be experienced!


Too bad, I don't shot sports but who knows in the future...when my kids get older.

Well, TREZmom, the information on sports is really the same for events. These same tips and information applies to almost any event...dance recitals, plays, etc.


The challenge... the anticipation... the emotion. Hmmmm, that sounds like something I would eat up So how long have you been shooting sports? Did you always enjoy it, or did you kind of stumble into it?

Thanks Heather! You should try it! It's a double-rush. First, during the shooting, then when you see some of the details/faces when you process. I've been shooting for about 12 years now, but only being paid in the last 6 years. The first 6 years was all about my son.


Thank you Kim for putting together a beautifully illustrated and very comprehensive lesson.

Thank you so much, Nicki!


Very cool write up Kim! I loved shooting the rugby game I went to a few weekends ago, it's definetly addictive!

Thanks Rebecca! It really is addictive! I have not shot rugby, yet. There's a league here and I'm hoping to be able to shoot them one of these days!


I've never shot sports and didn't really have much interest until a friend asked me to take some shots of her daughter (she's a twirler and will be performing during half-time at her school football games).

It's funny, Carla. Sometimes that's all that it takes. A friend's child involved in something. It can be hard because you don't have control like you do with portraits. That's why you want to know what's going on before the first time you shoot. You may even want to go to a practice to have an idea on her routine!


Oh my! What a great lesson, and Kim your pictures our outstanding!!!

Thank you so much, Jami! And, once again, thank you for organizing the Photo Peas Classroom and for asking me to be a part of this!


I only shoot 5 year old soccer (not too fast moving ) but this has given me some great ideas to think about. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

Thanks, Steph! Like I told Jodie, you get to grow as a photographer while your little one grows in the sport!


Kim, your photo's are phenomenal, you do outstanding work
thank you for the sports lesson

You're very welcome, namechange! And have a good time next weekend!


Wow awesome, Thanks Kim

Great lesson! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

Thanks so much for this! It was great to read and LOVE the photos!!!

You're very welcome Yvette, Tiffany and Lindsay!


Thanks for your great post. My son is registered for his first soccer season. I feel better equipped now to capture it!

Thank you! The timing doesn't happen over night, but once you get it it's great to be out there!


Have you ever shot indoor volleyball? I have a friend who keeps wanting me to go shoot with him. He thinks he needs a 1.8 to be quick enough to shoot, but I think a 2.8 should be good enough.

Thank you so much for the compliments, Sandra! You make me ! You'll have to let me know when he's playing. After the middle of May, things slow down for me and I actually have a chance to breath and do some fun shooting! I do shoot volleyball. (I guess I did the soccer photo twice and didn't get any volleyball in there! I'll have to change that!) I use my 70-200/2.8 for that, sitting mid-court. Good reach for both sides. Since it's the same lighting (for me) as basketball, the 2.8 works pretty well. Now, in our gym up here, I do a custom white balance, which helps with the yellow cast...A LOT!


I'm intrigued by the idea of panning. Do you have any images that you used a slower shutter speed and panning to get the motion blur?

Thanks Rebecca! I do have some panning immages..just need to find them. I've done panning at car races, bike races and did some of downhill skiing a couple of years ago. Panning works when the action is fast and moving across the horizon in front of you. I won't be on to look for them til this weekend, but will post as soon as I do!


What perfect timing Kim, what great info and fab. photos.


Thanks Sharon! Have fun with it. Little League is near and dear to my heart, since that's how my son came up in baseball.


You are AMAZING!!! Simply amazing! I never get tired of looking at your work. How lucky are those kids to have you around, shooting their games?

I want to come out and just watch you in action at a game, okay? Deal?

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I mean, really, I should hate you, you're so good, but I can't, cause you're just too good.
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No, Sandra, it's impossible to hate her because she is such a wonderful person and way too much fun to hang out with!

Thanks so much for taking the time and for the fabulous advice!


Carolyn, you are just far too kind!!!! You know there's always room on the sidelines for you! I still want you and Anne to meet here in the middle (since Phx is kind of close to the middle!) for a shooting weekend! Maybe the end of summer before all the kidlets head back to school? Then again, why desert when we can beach, right? lol


we haven't all had that great pleasure (despite living in the same city!)

HEYYYYY, I've mentioned meeting up! But I don't have the swim-practice-baseball-playing-casino-hopping-weekend-camping-not-including-regular-work-schedule that you have! I think I peamailed my number to you awhile back! We really should get together some time soon!


With my entry level DSLR I can't get the best shots at high ISO but you have shown me some shots to keep an eye out for. Thank you again.

You're welcome! Great to hear you're going in the right direction with it, because it sounds like you've got plenty of years coming up with sports! With the lower ISO, look for your brighter areas of fields (especially for soccer and football). For my field, it's in the center and the light fades off toward the goal/end zone. For some fields, it's brighter corners.


Do you actually like sports? Are you athletically inclined, or do you just like shooting sports?

Thanks for the great lesson.

You're welcome, Molly! I have always enjoyed watching sports (live), but shooting is different. You feel it different and capture the excitement of it in a different way! I'm not really athletic. I played softball until about 7 years ago when I had knee surgery. The one thing I did well, though, was swimming. I was a competative swimmer into college. I was a Jr. Olympian in the backstroke and swam backstroke on our relay team. Still have my medals, though the ribbons are now dusty and dirty! That was 35 years ago!


Thanks, Kim for a fantastic lesson.

Wonderful lesson! I will be bookmarking this for when my two young children start playing sports. Thank you for putting this together.

Wow, what a great lesson! Thanks so much for all that info and for sharing your images. They are awesome and capture the feeling of the moment so well!


Thank you very much Karen, Amar and Shauna! It was my pleasure to be a part of our Classroom series!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 4:15:38 PM
These pictures are amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us


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Posted: 4/6/2010 4:48:35 PM
Thanks for your time! Great job and examples.


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Posted: 4/6/2010 5:07:08 PM
What a fantastic lesson from a fantastic teacher!!!

Thank you so much for this wealth of information. That baseball/sliding/tagging out shot is TO. DIE. FOR. I mean AMAZING! You have such a talent---thank you for sharing it!

Sports are my absolute favorite thing to shoot. I don't know what I'll do when my kids are all done. Maybe I'll go into business to feed the thrill. Ha!

I do have one question, though. What focal point do you generally use? I've been using the center point, then cropping for compostion later because I'm not quick enough to change that as well as keep my eye on the ball, get exposure correct, etc.... so I'm just wondering if that's something to aspire to, or should I stick with the center point?


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Posted: 4/6/2010 5:23:17 PM
OH MY GOSH! You are SOOOOO talented! Holy Cow...I WISH I could shoot like you! My 7 year old plays hockey...I would LOVE to have some amazing shots of him like you have here! You said to get level with the action...any tips for doing that in hockey? Do you just shoot through the glass or are you lucky enough to be able to sit on the players bench?

I LOVE the "OUT" shot (baseball)!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 5:51:41 PM
Kim, thanks so much for sharing with us!! You have an amazing talent. My son is starting to play t-ball, and I'm starting to realize the challenges of shooting sports. It's a whole different ball game (he he) than shooting portraits. I can't wait to employ some of your wisdom!

Love the soccer shot, and how the players are all braced for impact. And I love the baseball shot---if anyone disputed that call, we know where to go for proof of the out!

Thanks again!


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Posted: 4/6/2010 6:49:01 PM
Thank you so much Kim! Great class!
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Posted: 4/7/2010 8:23:34 AM
OMG OMG OMG... what great stuff... thanks! I have been away from the board for a few months focused on other things and I come back to this! WOW!


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Posted: 4/7/2010 8:56:27 AM
First, I want to tell you your sense of humor is WONDERFUL! I cracked up laughing when you said:

I feel like I just came out of the bathroom with my skirt caught in my underwear!
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Your sports photos are awesome as well! I love how you capture such emotion on their faces. My daughter use to do dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling, but at the ripe old age of 20, she has retired. I really really wish I had had my camera and this lesson when she was younger! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!


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Posted: 4/7/2010 1:16:08 PM
Great lesson My kids aren't in school yet or playing sports but your lesson was so inspiring that I'm excited to get started

Thank you!
Sarah


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Posted: 4/7/2010 7:32:42 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with us! I loved your examples. My oldest son has been a swimmer for the last 3 years and it has taken me that long to finally learn how to get a great shot. The only thing I would add would be to take lots of shots! I would guess 3/4's of my sports shots get dumped.

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Posted: 4/8/2010 3:57:23 PM

HEYYYYY, I've mentioned meeting up! But I don't have the swim-practice-baseball-playing-casino-hopping-weekend-camping-not-including-regular-work-schedule that you have! I think I peamailed my number to you awhile back! We really should get together some time soon!



Dang, you also have a good memory to remember what my days consist of! I don't think that I have your number. Yes, we should get together some time soon. That would be lovely.


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Posted: 4/9/2010 5:13:52 PM
Ok, silly question -- have all these shots been cropped and edited/processed? I'm just starting down the sports track (7-year old boy/girl twins), and I am constantly wanting "closer" shots where the subject really stands out and you get that "in the action" feel. Looking at these shots and the focal lengths on them it has dawned on me that I'm always just looking at the SOOC shots on the computer and being disappointed --- so, maybe I need to do some editing? Thanks so much, really helpful!

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Posted: 4/9/2010 6:17:20 PM
Great read Kim! I just love shooting sports!


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