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Tips for Capturing Great Youth Sports Photos

Spring sports are just around the corner! To help you capture the perfect action shots, we’ve teamed up with AP sports photographer, Jose Yau, sports and portrait photographer, Shannon Rowell and portait and event photographer, Dawn Fanara to share some inspiring tips for pro and amateur sports photographers. Also, be sure and check out our Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow. It turns your photos into dazzling sports videos, complete with customizable animated player stats cards, sporty transitions and tons of high-impact sports-themed effects. Watch the sample video featuring Jose, Shannon and Dawn’s images below!

Tips for capturing great sports photos:

1. Anticipate the Action

Learn a little about the sport you’re shooting. Follow the ball. Follow the action. Be ready. Look at a scenario from lots of angles and be willing to move around so don’t have the same picture as everyone else. – SR

2. Get to Know the People You’re Shooting

I don’t mean go introduce yourself. I mean watch and learn. Who responds dramatically? Who shows focused determination with body language. Sometimes you can get to know the participants when working closely with a group and they get comfortable with you. – SR

3. Get on Their Level

If you’re shooting kids sports, get down on their level for nice, tight action shots. You can see the emotion in the children’s faces as they hit, run and field a ball. – DF

4. Action and Reaction

Two things that make a great sports image are action and reaction. The pitcher throwing the ball or the batter taking a swing – both of these are examples of action images. The emotion on a player’s face after a triumphant home run or teammates celebrating immediately after a winning point – these are examples of reaction shots. Try and capture action and reaction in your shots to help tell a story with your photos. – JY

5. Position Yourself For the Shot

Move and position yourself to capture the best shots ahead of time. If you know the ins and outs of the game, you’ll be able to move yourself to a location where you can get the best shot before the action happens. – JY

6. Eyes and Expressions

Pay attention to where a player’s eyes are focused and use that to help tell a story with each image you capture. And don’t forget about the fans and their colorful expressions. Some of my favorite shots are of the dramatic reactions on fans faces as they root their team onto victory. -JY

Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow

Once you’ve captured all those awesome sports shots, show them off in a video slideshow. Our Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow comes with tons of pre-made animations and effects designed to highlight your sports photography. Watch the sample video above and get it today for $19.95. Works with ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer and ProShow Web.


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Amanda works in Photodex's marketing department and heads up the company's pr and events efforts. She loves photography, living in Austin and making slideshows.