I really believe you should use a professional to get memorable photos of your favorite athlete. Sure, I am biased because it is how I make a living, but you will enjoy your high school or college athlete’s games much better. It’s tough to watch your kids life pass you bu through a viewfinder. If you insist on taking your own photos because of budgetary constraints or you simply enjoy taking photos, here are a couple of suggestions that should improve your ability to get tack sharp images.
First of all do not buy anything but a Nikon or Canon DSLR. Sure lots of other cameras take very good pictures, but there are numerous reasons virtually all sports photographers use Canon or Nikon. To get sharper images, my suggestions for the amateur using a Nikon or Canon SLR are as follows: 1) Be sure the camera is set to continuously track your subject, 2) increase your depth of field when possible; and most importantly, 3) be sure the camera has locked on to your subject before releasing the shutter.
As in previous years, I have opted to take it easy this summer in order to stay fresh and maintain my perspective for the upcoming 2008 – 2009 high school and college sports season. However, I was recently talking with someone who has never seen one of the true classic baseball skits by Abbott and Costello. We found the clip on YouTube so I have to share it with you. No matter how many times I have seen this skit, it still cracks me up. I hope it does the same for you.
We took some time off for a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation on the Jersey Shore before the start of fall sports. If you need our exclusive sports photography and video services for the fall, please contact us as soon as possible as we fill up quite quickly with our regular customers.
10 July 2008, Surf City, NJ : A lifeguard watches the patrons on the beach at 21st Street as hurricane Bertha swirls far away causing nasty rip tides on sandy beaches along the Jersey Shore, including Long Beach Island where this photo was taken. A male tourist on vacation contemplates entering the ocean despite less than ideal conditions. Photo Credit: Alex Cena
14 July 2008, New Egypt, NJ: Lax For The Cure was the initial concept of Jessica Shoulberg, Mendham High School Coach, Director of STEPS Lacrosse and Director of the Lax By The Sea tournament. During the summer of 2007 The STEPS Lacrosse club had 3 mothers fighting breast cancer. Jessica’s concept came from the notion that with the growth of girls lacrosse and summer tournament circuit, that an opportunity presented itself to start a tournament that would meet the ideals of players, parents, clubs, and college coaches. The goal was to ultimately find a way to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Here is a video clip from one of the games from the tournament that was done by our videographers on behalf of F8 Images.
Video by Steve Cena