Take Better Photos Of Your Kids’ Sports

Aug 29, 2022Children, Families, Photo tips, Photography, Seniors, sports, teens

by Candace Miller Photography, Montrose CO
It’s almost Fall, school has started, and we are getting back into our comfy and cozy routine. For a lot of us, that means that youth and high school sports are starting! My kiddos play soccer in the Fall and Lacrosse in the Spring…they are still young and are trying out different things. So far, these are the two favorites. We all love watching our kids do things they love and taking better photos of your kids’ sports couldn’t be easier!
  1. A long telephoto lens is the best lens for this job. It allows you to take really up close photos like you are standing right next to them, when you are actually really far away.

2. If you can take photos during the day, fantastic. Set a high shutter speed on your camera to stop movement and adjust the rest of your settings to balance for sharper images. Low light images can easily have motion blur. So if you are shooting at night maybe use a tripod and you will definitely want to turn up your ISO and your shutter speed.

3. Cloudy days are actually better than bright sunny days! I know, this sounds counter intuitive. But it’s true! The clouds filter the harsh light of the sun and give a more even light, soft light so there are no harsh shadow. But you can’t really control the weather so that’s not on you.
4. If you are using a phone for photos, find out if your camera has a digital zoom or optical zoom. An optical zoom will take much better photos than a digital zoom. It’s better to not zoom at all with a digital zoom and just crop your photos later. Otherwise you will get a lot of noise and pixelation.
5. If you child’s sport is an indoor only sport, like gymnastics or dance, be sure to bump up your ISO higher than you would outside on a bright day to keep from getting motion bur.
If all else fails, you can always hire a professional to capture some of those special moments .
I hope this helps and if you have questions, you can email me at candacemillerphotography@gmail.com or leave your question in the comments!


  1. Brandi

    Great tips for parents who are wanting to capture their children playing their sports!

  2. Michelle Robertson

    It’s hard to get good pictures of kids playing sports! Thanks so much for the great tips!

  3. Jodi Major

    Great tips to take better photos of your kids sports. I think many of us parents will benefit from these tips.


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