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shooting youth soccer team and individual

Leonard Forte , Jul 15, 2008; 09:04 p.m.


I will be shooting youth team photos and individual posed photos. This is my first time doing this. Any advice on posing lighting, lens selection, f/stop...etc would be appreciated. I will be making very little but This could leafd to much more work.

I will be using a nikon D200 and I have 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 85mm f/14, 50mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/2 . Should I use fflash for catchlight in the eyes.


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William W , Jul 16, 2008; 03:26 a.m.

50mm Lens for Individuals:

Take them Half Shot, slightly 1/4 profile (slightly) Right shoulder to the camera (i.e. to camera Left). Ensure the team Emblem is in Clear View on the Jersey.

35 mm lens for the Team:

Arrange them in the traditional Three Rows: Sitting; Kneeling; and Standing, Officials at the each End, Standing

Lighting for both Individual and Team:

Sun behind The Subjects, High and slightly to Camera Right for hair light. On Camera Flash Fill.

Read up on Flash Fill Technique beforehand, and have a Practice Run with live models. Noting especially your Flash Sync Speed and the power you have available.

You are looking to work at F8 to F11, though this is flexible and you must understand what you are doing that is why you need to research Flash Fill Techniques . . . AND PRACTICE. ' NOTE: If the Sun is better coming from behind the Subjects and Camera Left, then swap the 1/4 profile of the Individuals such that their Left Shoulder is slightly Forward (i.e. shoulder is closer to you at Camera Right).


Joseph Leuzinger , Jul 16, 2008; 11:00 p.m.

Posing will vary on ages generally a 3/4 standing or f/l kneeling with ball on hip or knee/ground respectively. If children are very young and unstable, seated holding the ball often works.

Lighting I would agree with backlighting with a fill-flash.

Youth sports shoots are very disorganized! Have a clear spot for the coach to organize the team, keep parents out so there is less people in the way. Expect kids to be late!

William W , Jul 16, 2008; 11:16 p.m.

Ah! good point about the ages, and the poses for younger children, Joseph,


I read the post literally, (and technically and legally).

`Youth` (here) means (by all three definitions) 12yrs to 18 yrs.

I did not stop think that the word `youth`, could be being used in a broader sense.


Leonard Forte , Jul 17, 2008; 06:03 p.m.

Joseph, what do you mean "seated holding the ball" ? Seated on the ground ? Thanks

Ron Laxton , Jul 20, 2008; 11:31 a.m.


My pose for soccer. I shoot the local league, 350 kids. If the older teams have a designated goalie I shoot them kneeling and holding the ball. I shoot before practice, 5-7 p.m. Four to six teams per night, it takes two full weeks to do the league. A single "Photo Day" is out of the question, all three age groups play at the same time at three field locations.

Ron Laxton , Jul 20, 2008; 11:34 a.m.

Don't know why the first link didn't work, I'll try again.

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David Amberson , Jul 21, 2008; 11:07 a.m.

Heres a link to some of mine. http://www.amberbrookephotography.com/PG%20Soccer%20Pics/

I let them do their own poses as well. Got them loosened up and happy about having their picture taken. Then, when it came time to do the shots I know the mothers wanted, smiles were easily achieved. I personally dont like the standard shots, but some do.

The moms liked and bought all poses. The kids really liked the creative stuff. And when I told them they could do whatever they liked, they were soooo happy. The other photographer wont let us do anything but sit on the ground.

Leonard Forte , Jul 21, 2008; 03:07 p.m.

Thank You all. David what about the younger kids 4-7 years of age? Can you ask ythem to pose as they like or do a traditional pose?

John Puckett , Jul 30, 2008; 12:14 a.m.

Young kids like 4-7 are hard enough to just make sure they look at the camera. A simple pose for them would be the least stressful and time saving. Davids shots are great and the simple poses on his site are ball aon ground on a knee, ball in hand. These are traditional and do sell. If time is a consideration I would rely on these shots.

One thing you might want to take into consideration is time bugeting..if you have a pretty good size organization to shoot then try not to get too fancy and creative you will find your self getting behind and huffing parents waiting for their kids to finish and a line of athletes and parents waiting to get done...can make you nervous and your mind will start to freeze and begin to stop thinking logically.

Remember to make sure you have plenty of charged batteries for both camera and flash..If digital..plenty of flash cards and a dump for pictures, like a laptop or some other portable storage device.

Have an assistant if possible to help you pose so you dont have to go back and forth from posing to shooting..especially with the little ones...once you pose and move to shoot they will most certainly have moved completely. And if you keep your posing simple you can show someone how to pose the few poses in a few minutes.

Main thing to do is to keep a list of equipment needed, make sure you have everything double checked..and practice some of the poses with a friend or an assistant. Look at Davids poses and print a few samples out...look at other sites for pose ideas..


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