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Never miss a shot with Shutterfly Share sites for youth sports. Below are suggestions to help you capture all the wonderful memories. See a photo checklist below.

Sports Photography Tips

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Understand your camera. Taking great shots may require fast action so having solid knowledge of the features and functionality of your camera is essential.

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Know the game. Understanding the game will enable you to anticipate where the action will take place so you can be there before it happens.

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For action shots, use a fast shutter speed. On many cameras, you have the option of using a sports mode. For long shots try a fast (f2.8) autofocus 80 to 200 mm zoom lens.

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Choose a background that will offset the action in the foreground. This will avoid photos that look too busy.

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Experiment with different angles and different perspectives. Don’t forget hello hugs (be sure shoot from the shoulders up), packing up and waves goodbye.

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If you don’t have a digital SLR, plan for the shutter delay. This is because your camera has to focus and react after you hit the shutter button.

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Bright sunlight puts hard shadows in your shots. If you’re shooting in noon sun, take advantage of mottled light by shooting under trees, or use your flash or a reflective surface to redirect the light onto your subjects’ faces to reduce shadows.

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Cameras are often set to AWB (auto white balance). Try turning the setting to “daylight,” which will capture more colors. The summer sun tends to wash out photos.

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Don’t be afraid to get close to people or place yourself near the action. Your photos will be more personal and creative if you do.

Photo Check List

Pre-Season •  Take a fun group shot unique to your team.
•  Take headshots of individual players for the team roster.
•  Get a shot of the team banner to use on the home page of your site. Photograph the coaches and volunteers for easy identification.
•  Capture exciting pre-season events like the first practice.
During The Season •  Get action shots on and off the field—in the dugout, on the sidelines, during warm-ups.
•  Capture interactions and relationships—team huddles, high-fives, coach and player interactions.
•  Capture moods—the anticipation before a big game, the joy after a goal, the fans’ excitement, the intensity while listening to the coach.
•  Get scene shots of the equipment, scoreboard and field to help tell the story.
•  Capture details like the players’ numbers, shoes and uniforms for added richness.
Post Season •  Take photos of trophies and awards.
•  Bring your camera to post-season celebrations.
•  Take shots of the players with their families and friends.
•  Capture a final team photo at the end-of-season event. This along with the pre-season group photo will make a great before and after comparison.

Quick Start Guide   Download a team photo checklist for ideas on what to capture throughout the season

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