Thursday, August 19, 2010

Things to Learn Thursday! Lights, Camera, Action!

Since it is "Things to Learn Thursday", I thought I would post something that I wish I would have found out a long time ago: Camera tips. I am constantly in a battle with my camera over settings, lighting, etc... I found this nice little article in the May 2010 issue of Parenting magazine under the "Ages & Stages" section: 7-9 years.

Lights, Camera, Action!

You've been capturing every step of your superstar's growth, but now, as he steals a base or goes in for a layup, you're left with blurred images of something that might have been your kid. How to get your picture-taking game back on:

Upgrade your camera. A digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera is more versatile because you can change lenses. it has higher-quality image sensors, and there's less lag time--essential for action pics. most have a pre-set sports mode, but the following adjustments can improve your shots even more.

Freeze the action with a fast shutter speed of 1/250 of a second or faster. If it's set below that, you're unlikely to stop the motion and get a clear shot.

Manage the light of notoriously dim gyms by raising the ISO sensitivity--the camera's ability to capture light--to 1600 or more, says Jim Miotke, author of The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children. Avoid using the flash, as it might be distracting to the players (or even be prohibited).

Get close. Ask the coach if you can stand on the sidelines, or rent a super telephoto lens from a local camera store. Then shoot and shoot some more until you're happy with what you see in the LCD monitor.

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