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Old Nov 6, 2012, 9:45 PM   #1
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Watching my granddaughter play soccer gives me an opportunity to shoot some moving subjects, and a chance to use my big lens.

I love the face expressions you get and they are getting very competitive at this age.

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3. This is just one of those unusual kicks you see at a kids soccer game.
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4. Defending the goal at all cost.
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6. Aggressiveness.
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7. Their a lot of fun to watch and photograph. I'm guessing that some of the girls are gonna hate these when they see them. But some of those faces they make are priceless.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 10:08 AM   #8
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Yep, kids really provide great expressions - it makes it fun to photograph them. Here is some feedback on your shots:
shot 1: nice timing. Shutter speed is too slow at 1/160 - the most important part - the face is blurred due to motion. If you can, you need to open the aperture - if you can't you need to raise your ISO to 1600 (from 400) to get faster speeds.

shot 2: Nice timing - but too much in the photo. Try to frame tighter and shoot in portrait orientation - the ref and player at the right don't add to the photo. A big part of sports photography is trying to eliminate distracting elements from the photo.

shot 3: timing is nice but it just doesn't work for me. First it's just an odd contact - The background is extremely distracting - this is where shooting with wide apertures help. If you can't open your aperture then select your shooting angles so you don't have parking lots as the backdrop. This is a big part of the difference between taking snapshots as a family member and taking sports photos - sports photography takes a bit of planning. no different than taking portraits

shot 4: nice shot - timing is good and framing is good -background distractions are not an issue.

shot 5: timing is good -but framed too loosely - needs to be tightly framed around the two players involved.

shot 6: timing and framing are good - deep depth-of-field is still a bit distracting but not nearly as bad as the shot with the cars.

shot 7: timing is a bit late but expression is good. Again the low shutter speed causes a problem with the blurred face in the defender - photo needs a little straitening - again the background is an issue - portapoties and cars really are a distraction - it's why wide apertures are SOO important in youth sports

You've got some nice expressions and you've got some well timed shots. You just need to work on your shutter speeds and watch your backgrounds and use a wider aperture. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for taking the time to critique John.
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