A youth sports photographer shoots individual and group photos for everything from sports and gymnastic teams to ballet and martial arts organizations. Then the images are sold to parents, coaches, schools, and more to commemorate the game and capture the child's experience. This may sound like an easy way to make some extra money, but it does have its challenges. For example, lightning-fast action, limited access, less-than-ideal lighting conditions, and harsh weather can conspire to frustrate even the most experienced photographer. Not only must you be fiercely observant and know the game in order to anticipate the action, but you should have the proper equipment to capture the moment with technical proficiency, and know the optimum places to position yourself for the best shots. This chapter includes tips for overcoming some of these difficulties, suggestions for taking great photographs, and the inside information required to market and sell compelling youth sports images.
76 lessons from a part-time sports photographer
80 essential gear
83 before the shoot
85 at the shoot
87 general tips
90 q&a with a working pro
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Whether you're related to the child playing the game or simply a sports enthusiast, you've probably found yourself in a situation where you've taken photos at a youth sports game, have been asked to take photos, or you have photos ...