Just like so many of you, we have three kids in sports, so we were interested in taking better sports photos (my portrait skills did not automatically transfer to the volleyball court!). My older two both played a few seasons each of soccer, volleyball and basketball before they settled on their sport of choice (figure skating for my oldest, track for my middle). My little one prefers gymnastics but is also known for joining the big kids at track practices. Being the documentarian of the family, of course I wanted to capture great photos of them in action (even if that action involved them tripping over a soccer ball or missing a basket)!
Here are the steps I take to get great shots of my kids.
- Put your camera into S/Tv mode
- Set your ISO to 800 (outdoors) or 1600 (indoors) – we are trading grain/noise for a non-blurry shot.
- In S/Tv mode, you get to pick the shutter speed and the camera will do the rest, so use the dial near your pointer finger to set the shutter speed to 1/250 or faster (remember that the bigger the number, the faster the shutter speed)
- Put your camera into burst mode, get as close to the action as you can and start taking photos!
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to adjust your ISO back down to 400 once you’re finished. 🙂
Go try it out and let me know what you think!