CAPTURE THE MOMENT

PHOTO TIPS FOR SPORTY KIDS

Not to worry, you can avoid blurry pictures of your active kid kicking a goal or hitting a home run. Here are eight quick tips to help you get crisp, fun, clear pictures of your favorite sports star.

GET THE SHOT WITH BURST MODE

Capturing the perfect moment of that game-winning home run is easier than you think. By selecting burst mode on your DSLR or GoPro (also known as continuous or high-speed shooting modes), you're automatically taking an entire series of shots — from the pitch coming across the plate, to the moment the ball flies off the bat, to the batter starting to run toward first base. With burst mode, you take lots of shots with one press of the shutter button. And the more images you take, the better your odds of getting a great shot to admire after the game.

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GET CLOSE, THEN ZOOM IN MORE

When it comes to taking the best shots of your child trying hard and having fun on her team, the closer you can get to the action, the better. And make sure there's nothing obstructing your view (like a fence). Now use a telephoto lens with built-in image stabilization for the sharpest shot of your superstar. Even though you're on the sideline, your pictures will feel like you're right on the field.

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A NEW POV

Try attaching an action cam like a GoPro to the back of the goal post or close to the hoop. A unique camera perspective helps amp up the interest and variety in your videos and pictures. Just be sure to ask for permission before placing your camera near the field, court or pool.

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KEEP YOUR FOCUS

Concentrate on composing the best shot of your child by minimizing your camera duties. For example, let your camera handle focus adjustments by selecting continuous focus mode. In this mode, the camera is always focusing on your subject as they change their position on the playing field. Now you're free to snap great shots with one less thing to think about.

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SPORT MODE

Want to take images of your athlete that are crisp and feel like they pop off the screen? Select your camera's sport or action mode. It automatically adjusts your DSLR's shooting speed, focus and shutter speed so every head fake and high jump looks sharp.

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DIY COLLAGE

To create a totally new kind of shot, shoot from multiple angles at your child's next game. Then, using the photo editing software of your choice, arrange the images all together to create one large print of game day.

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GET LOW

Taking shots of little kids? Get down to their level for the best shots. To better the quality of your shot, try to include a foreground element like blades of grass or an extra soccer ball. A DSLR with a vari-angle screen makes getting this shot easy.

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