Lots of parents would like to take better sports photos. Youth sports photography can be challenging without some guidance. A great photo not only captures the moment, but also provides a valued keepsake. Now, there’s a photo guide to help you from Scott Quintard, who has over 30 years experience in sports photography.
Being a Sports Parent
Having a son or daughter playing sports is a special time for a parent. Your kids put in a lot of time and effort, whether it is a T-ball game or a fast paced, high school soccer match, and it’s fun to see them perform and compete. The energy they put into the game spills out each time they step on the field in the form of laughter, excitement, intensity, and yes, sometimes even tears.
Think of all those games you sit and watch from the stands and all those moments that come and go so quickly. The problem is that it all goes by so fast and before you know it they are graduating from college and on with their own lives. Don’t you wish you could bottle it up and save some for later?
Our Youth Sports Photography eBook is going to give you some tips for how to capture these special times within the world of sports photography, and also learn a skill that you can transfer over to the rest of your life as well.
Tips and Techniques for Capturing Great Photos
In most cases, sports parents have high quality cameras in hand; they just need to know how to use them. Within the following pages, we will cover a variety of tips that will give you an advantage when you step onto the sidelines with your camera and help to make sense of the seeming chaos of action sports photography.
So why don’t you just sit back and watch the game and hope someone else captures the moment? Because, no one on the field is watching your child in the same way you are. Even if you had a professional photographer at the game, chances are they are trying to cover all the kids, not just yours. While they are taking pictures of the quarterback, they are missing the photos of your son who is battling in the trenches of the defensive line. You have the ability to capture all those emotions each and every game. It doesn’t even have to be that much work. You are at the game anyway. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk away with some amazing photos you can all enjoy?
In this book, Quintard gives you some quick tips about the psychology of anticipation, the dynamics of the game and ways to start thinking like a sports photographer. While he’ll refer to some technical elements of photography, he’s more interested in giving you ways to start capturing those special moments right away.
The chaotic activity associated with photographing sports can be a challenge. But, this book will show you how to achieve fantastic looking action photos, and also teach you to start anticipating what might happen next. Quintard shares tips about specific things you can do to make sense of the game, give yourself an advantage, set your camera up for success. You’ll have the confidence to pull the trigger as the action unfolds.
Youth Sports Photography eBook Details
Author: Scott Quintard – 30 years of sports photography experience. See Scott’s note below.
Length: 67 pages and 27 photographs. The photographs show you various tips and techniques to capture the the best photos.
Content: A series of tips beginning with information about how to think like a sports photographer, and then slowly introducing some camera basics specifically targeted towards capturing action sports. The goal is to capture the beauty of sports photography on a personal level, not as a career choice per say, but more on a family level to help you capture your kids, friends and family members in action.
Table of Contents:
1 – JUMPING IN
2 – AUTO MODE
3 – WHICH GAME SHOULD I SHOOT
4 – FRONT, BACK AND SIDE LIGHTING
5 – STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD
6 – WHEN TO SNAP AND WHEN TO CLAP
7 – IT IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE ACTION
8 – BEST PHOTO ANGLES FOR YOUR SPORT
9 – CAN I STAND HERE?
10 – AVAILABLE LIGHT OVER FLASH
11 – HOW TO CONTROL YOUR MOTOR DRIVE
12 – BACKGROUND NOISE
13 – PULLING THE TRIGGER
14 – MAKING THE MOST WITH YOUR LENS
15 – TEAM AND GROUP PHOTOS
16 – GET A LOAD OF THOSE EYES
17 – WHAT MAKES A GREAT SPORTS IMAGE
18 – PHOTO VOLUNTEER
19 – THINK LIKE A PHOTOJOURNALIST
20 – EDITING
21 – SHARING YOUR IMAGES
22 – POST SEASON CELEBRATION
23 – SECRET WEAPON 1
24 – SECRET WEAPON 2
25 – TAKING OVER MANUALLY
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Note from the Author Scott Quintard
I am a husband and father of three athletes. I have two main passions: my family and sports photography.
My adventures into photography started at an early age while sitting next to my Dad in the film darkroom he built into our garage. Bathed in a red light, I would watch my Dad make beautiful B&W prints moving from the enlarger, through the different chemical trays and ultimately into the water bath before turning on the lights to reveal what I considered magic; an image that had blossomed from a white piece of paper. Although my Dad never made a profession of photography, his love spilled over to my brother and I and we would eventually both go on to become professional photographers.
By the age of 16 I was working with my brother in his photo studio where he not only photographed high school seniors, but also was contracted to photograph sports action for all the yearbooks under our umbrella of schools. I was given the opportunity to become the sports photographer for the business. I spent lots of time on the sidelines of high school sports learning my new trade. My next step was to gain internships with a few southern California newspapers that allowed me to begin shooting collegiate and professional sports.
My love of sports photography continued to blossom until eventually I was hired by UCLA to be their official staff sports photographer capturing portraits, teams and action for all 22 men’s and women’s sports. While working as the team photographer I also freelanced for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, trading card companies and a variety of sports themed businesses.
After 12 years at UCLA, I turned my love of action photography towards youth sports and started my own business photographing kids in action. As the owner of Qshotz Photography, I hired a team of photographers and editors to cover a variety of sports such as baseball, football, soccer, hockey and much more.
As time went by, I started to notice that the quality of amateur cameras starting to improve and become so much more advanced. In addition, the prices dropped to the point where the average parent could own a DSLR camera that allowed for some pretty amazing photos. Being a lover of sports photography, I was always anxious to share my knowledge of photography and sports to help out the hordes of parents now standing next to me on the sidelines.
The one thing that became clear was that these parents had the tools to capture the same sort of photos I was getting. The only thing that was missing was a few camera basics and more importantly, the mindset for anticipation and sports photography basics all of which can be taught fairly easily. Most parents were simply hoping the action came their way. That is the moment that Qshotz Photography turned from a “gun for hire” company to an educational business.
Now I run workshops and work with parents online to help educate them on the simple steps they can take to capture a higher percentage of keepers and be at the right place at the right time. My website can be found at sportspicpro.com where I help sports photographers like you with their images through personal one on one mentoring.
Let me speak to you as a parent now. My family is my life, but I also love to expand my horizons creatively. Learning the art of capturing action photos of your kids gives you the ability to learn a new skill while maintaining your focus on your family. Make creative use of your time at the field and help to capture those moments that you, your kids and their kids will be able to save for years to come.
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