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To span the distance University of Virginia special lenses are required; long, Upper Deck Vindigo telephoto lenses that bring the action Virginia Commonwealth University closer. Volleyball Magazine Wake Forest University WireImage Woodward Academy World Council Of Churches World Journalism Institute Yamacraw Georgia Tech's #2 Isma'il Muhammad slams one early over NC State's #11 Gavin Grant during play at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. Another little trick that can make the photo of your little athlete look like it belongs in Sports Illustrated—a low perspective. The lower you are to the ground the more the players look as if they are flying when they jump or are run. The low perspective makes the distance from their feet to the ground appear greater than it is. If you watch the sidelines of the college and professional games you will notice most photographers Tennessee's #19 Luke Hochevar pitches against Georgia Tech during play at the Russ are sitting or are on their knees. We Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. like to see our athletes like Greek Gods. They are super heroes and The PGA requires role models we lift up in our society credentialed professional for all the effort they demonstrate. photographers to have at least a Before photographing the telephoto lens that are at least next game look through the 300mm. That’s the equivalent of 6X newspaper sports pages or browse binoculars. Sports Illustrated. Don’t just look at So, the first thing a parent the professional sport photographers needs to photograph their child pictures, note where the pros playing a sport is a SLR (single lens positioned themselves. reflex) camera that accepts Watch a team for a while and interchangeable lenses. The next you can anticipate what they will need is a long lens such as a 300mm probably do next. or 400mm. If the sport is played Often great sports outside during the daylight hours the photographs are made by amateur amount of money for this long lens is photographers, simply because they a few hundred of dollars. If indoor or don’t know the tricks of the trade. night time sports are the subject the That’s right. They are not locked into same length lens can cost thousands. a formula of how to cover a sport. No matter how advanced the This leads me to my last suggestion. camera nor how long the lens just While it’s usually good to know the pointing and pushing the button will rules, don’t be bound by them - be a get only a few good photos. The risk taker. outstanding photos are made by Be a storyteller. Get to know those who are able to anticipate the people and let them know you. action. One of the best sports to start Telling a visual story through your practicing sports photography is pictures is fine. But don’t be locked baseball. into thinking only visually. It is when When your child is at bat you you immerse yourself into the should position yourself near the third situation (a sport, in this case) that base line if you child’s a lefty. Be you begin to move outside the box near the first base line if they bat right and tell the story you feel and not handed. Watch the pitcher to merely see. anticipate the batter’s swing. You could almost put the camera on a tripod and wait for the right moment, however, unless you are behind a fence don’t use a tripod. It can be dangerous to the athletes. You can use a monopod. This helps eliminate camera movement. If there is a runner on first focus on second base for the possible steal. Pre-focus and framed the photo just wait for the shortstop or Georgia Tech's #45 P. J. Daniels leaves the second baseman to run to the bag Samford players in the dust during second with the ball while the runner slides quarter play at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. into second. If you’re shooting from the first base side straight down the path of first to second base line you Give Stanley a call for your next project at can might get a double play when the 770.998.3504 or email him at defensive player tags second and firstname.lastname@example.org . throws the ball to first.