Here is a beginners’ guide to photography for parents who wish to capture all the wonderful game moments as everlasting memories. This beginner’s guide will walk you through very basic tips and suggestions to help you take better pictures.
- Understand your camera
- Understand the game
- Change camera setting to “daylight”
- Take shots from a low angle
- Try to create a frame in every picture
- Use natural light your advantage
- Go where the action is
- Create a story
Whatever camera you have, you must know it inside out because during the game the action is would be so fast that there barely would be time for experimenting with settings and perspectives. If you know your camera well, you’ll be able to use all the right settings for the right moments, putting a whole lot of vigor into the photographs.
Knowing the camera is important but knowing the game is equally important too. If you know the game, you would know the game moments and when exactly probable action would be. This way you’ll never miss a good shot.
For most cameras, the default setting is ABW which means “automatic black and white” balance. Changing that setting to “daylight” will make the colors appear more vibrant and the pictures life-like.
Pictures taken from a lower angle seem to capture more drama and detail. You must bend to the height of the players on the field or lower. You might want to use a folding chair or a tripod or monopod to help you keep the camera at a certain angle. This will help you hold the camera steady and capture action from a low angle.
An ideal frame would be where in there is focus in the picture, unnecessary clutter is not there. To get such a frame look for up-close shots. Create a focus and refrain from making the picture too busy.
Bright sunlight can be both a bane or a boon for photography, depending on how you use it. Have your back towards the sun to be able to capture naturally lit targets. Facing the sun while clicking would make the pictures too bright, full of life.
Do not shy away from going close to people and places. Going close to action is going to get you great shots in better frames without the pictures being too busy.
Don’t just concentrate on the game. Take pictures of the stands, people meeting and greeting each other, right before the game the dressing room action, players warming up, post-game shots like fans rejoicing, disappointed fans, players reactions, trophies and so much more.