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Savina
Date Posted: Jun/25/2014 5:39 PM
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My Caleb is #19 - Mr. QB!

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Savina
Date Posted: Jun/25/2014 5:40 PM
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Running the ball

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Savina
Date Posted: Jun/25/2014 5:40 PM
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The hand-off!

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Savina
Date Posted: Jun/25/2014 5:42 PM
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Been so long since I was here last! Caleb has always played football - he has moved into the QB position...starting 10th grade in the fall! More football pix will come, but also basketball(yuk!) after that...gonna need a lot of pointers on taking pix of that - I tried to shoot a game at "basketball camp"...it was HORRIBLE!!!

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Steve
Date Posted: Jun/27/2014 1:27 PM
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I hear a proud parent who wants to make sure there is a representative image to match that pride! Good going!

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swanseamale472003
Date Posted: Jun/28/2014 5:46 AM
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It might be the camera angles but there seems to be a big difference in the size ofsome of the players, is it just the angle or have they got different ages and sizes in the teams? (doesn't seem fair to me)

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Savina
Date Posted: Jun/28/2014 10:21 AM
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No they're the same ages. My Caleb is 15, he's very tall for his age - over 6 feet already! Some of those boys just aren't very big yet. Yes, Steve, I am extremely proud of this guy! He get's good grades, plays several sports, he will be on the year book staff this coming year and all his classes are college prep. He is kind, caring and friends with anybody that needs one. An all-around good guy! It's great to see you guys again!

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Alice
Date Posted: Jun/28/2014 7:49 PM
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Savina - my advice is going to be the same as I was given when I first started shooting sports. That advice is to shoot tight and crop even tighter.
My biggest problem with football is at night games. My longest lens is the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 lens which is great for day games but totally useless at night games. I have to switch to the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 lens at night. This is not ideal but do-able if I wait for the action to come to me. And, yes, I do shoot as tight as possible and then crop tighter.
Alice (formerly photolady)

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Savina
Date Posted: Jul/03/2014 9:59 AM
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Alice, thanks! I do not have a problem with football photography, mine is with basketball! Oh goodness! I do NOT like basketball, but my boy will be playing so I will go in support of him. And he loves his pic to be taken - so I need to learn to shoot basketball soon! He always asks after his game if he can look at my pix: need to be able to get some good ones...Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks for the football shooting advice too! Please do not take my first statement as a cocky attitude - there's always room to learn if you're willing and boy am I willing to learn!

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Alice
Date Posted: Jul/05/2014 8:35 AM
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Basketball can be tough to shoot. I typically set up on the baseline and use the 70-200 f/2.8 lens as the action is coming down the court towards me. Then I switch over to the 24-70 f/2.8 when I want shots under the basket. An f/2.8 or faster lens is essential for indoor basketball. One caveat - the baseline is often restricted to media photographers, especially during tournaments/playoffs. If this happens, set up along the sideline near the baseline.

As with any sport, shoot tight and crop even tighter. Plus, remember the 3 essentials of a good sports photo - face/eyes, peak action and the ball. Of course, you can't always get the ball like when you are focusing on defense.

I shoot tight but keep in mind the need to be able to crop for various size prints. But I then crop in tight for publication. Sometimes I'm more successful getting the face/eyes, peak action and ball than at other times. I find it is more difficult with younger athletes because they haven't developed the muscle memory so have to think more about what they are doing so tend to look down more.

Just keep shooting and examining your photos. You can learn a lot by becoming your own worst critic. I think I'm more critical of my photos now than I when I first started shooting sports.

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