Let’s talk about how to take great pictures at your kids’ soccer games. That nice camera in your hands (or the one you really have your eye on!) is a fabulous tool, but you know you can create better photographs than the ones you’ve been getting recently. You’re not giving up your day job to pursue a career as the next great Sports Illustrated or ESPN Magazine photographer — you just want to capture great shots of your kids and their teammates.
Your frustration is about to end, my friend! I’ve shot for ESPN, I make a living at professional photography, and I’m here to help. Prepare yourself to be a hero to your fellow soccer moms and dads!
TIP #1: THE CAMERA
You need a digital “SLR” camera.
A “point and shoot” camera will not get the job done.
SLR cameras, like the one on the left, do not have the infuriating shutter delay that comes with a “point and shoot” camera, plus the SLR optics and quality just can’t be duplicated in a “point and shoot.”
The top SLR manufacturers are Canon, Nikon, and Sony (there are others, but those are the big three). You can’t go wrong with any of them. Most professional sports photographers use Canon, and so do I, but you can get great images from a Nikon or a Sony as well. SEE MANY CHOICES HERE. You can spend as little as $500 or you can drop thousands of dollars. Spend as much as you can afford and still have money left over for TIP #2: …keep reading…
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