Tips on Recording and Sharing Your Kids’ Sports Games

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Written by Alison Stanton

As a mom, you are understandably proud of your children’s involvement in sports. To capture your daughter’s first soccer goal or your son’s amazing 30-yard run in football, you probably take as many photos or videos as you can during the game. I

As a mom, you are understandably proud of your children’s involvement in sports. Learn a few tips to help you capture their special moments so you can look back and appreciation their achievements.

To capture your daughter’s first soccer goal or your son’s amazing 30-yard run in football, you probably take as many photos or videos as you can during the game. In addition to being a great memory, you also like to share these amazing moments in sports with grateful grandparents and on social media. Unfortunately, getting crystal clear shots of fast-moving kiddos can be challenging. To get the best shots possible, check out these tips:

Invest in the proper equipment

Point-and-shoot cameras might be gentle on the budget, but they typically don’t do a great job of capturing focused shots during soccer games or swim meets. But don’t think that you have to run out and buy an expensive camcorder or camera to get the pictures or video that you want. Thanks to advances in cell phone technology, many smartphones do an incredible job of taking high quality photos. For example, the HTC One M9 smartphone from T-Mobile is a terrific option; it includes a 20 MP high-resolution camera that features a Sapphire Glass Lens. Unlike bulky camcorders, the HTC One M9 fits in your pocket or purse and you can use it to upload your videos or photos directly to social media, or email them to grandparents.

Look for specific and interesting shots

Shooting kids’ sports games can be difficult because the fields are large and the players are constantly on the move. In the case of soccer, if you follow the ball with your smartphone camera you will end up feeling nauseated; plus, this is a difficult way to get great shots. Instead, focus on capturing specific shots during the game that are still visually interesting. For instance, snap a few pics when your daughter throws the soccer ball back in or when your son has a free kick. Another shot we like: when your child is resting briefly and talking with his teammates. And If you see that your child has the ball, focus the camera slightly ahead of the action and shoot some video as they run and roll by.

Avoid using the zoom feature

Although it can be tempting to use the zoom lens to get a tight shot of your star basketball or softball player, SmartReview notes that it will only end up narrowing your point of view. In addition, if you are using the video camera in zoom lens mode any movements you make will be more exaggerated, leading to shaky and blurry video. Using the zoom lens also reduces the amount of light that is getting to your camera’s sensor, so if you are shooting video or pictures on a dreary day or indoors, the shots will look extra dark. The best time to use zoom is when action has stopped on the field or in the pool and you can stay focused on your child for several seconds.

Sharing your pictures

Once you have the video or photos of your child’s game, there are several ways you can share them with friends and relatives. Besides the aforementioned social media option, check out this list of the best video sharing sites from SocialCliff.

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1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I have accepted that I might not always have a home that will qualify for a photo spread in a Martha Stewart magazine–there are toys spread around and plenty of other evidence that a family with pets lives here, but that is okay. I appreciate the fact that I’m a loving and caring mom, wife and “pet parent” who focuses more on my family’s happiness and being there for them, rather than always having a dust-free piano.

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

One of my most rewarding achievements has been working as a freelance writer for the past 16 years; I love the fact that I work from home and can schedule my work around my family.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

I guess like many women I’m hoping to find ways to use my daily 24 hours as productively as possible; I love getting out to walk with my family and at least one dog at a time but too often I run out of time.

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Probably my silly sense of humor about a lot of things–my kids roll their eyes when I’m putting away groceries, spot a bunch of bananas and start talking into one of them like it’s a phone. My dependence on caffeine and love of Starbucks is also fairly well-known.  

My not-so-perfect way is that I sometimes forget to take care of myself because I’m so busy taking care of others.

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Easy. I love my family. Every day.

About the author

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Alison Stanton

Alison Stanton has been a freelance writer for the past 14 years. Based in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Alison enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, but especially loves meeting interesting people and telling their stories.