Children who participate in sports create memories that last a lifetime. They learn teamwork and discipline and hopefully develop exercise habits that will remain into adulthood. I myself was co-captain of my high school track team, an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. If your children participate in a sport there is a good chance you photograph them during their game or match. If this is the case, you may be asking yourself how do I get good at sports photography and what will I do with them?
To get really good sports photos, you should use an SLR camera (also called DSLR, the D signifying Digital). This is a camera with interchangeable lenses and an optical viewfinder that looks through the lens. The reason an SLR is better than a point-and-shoot camera is that an SLR has virtually no shutter lag. When you press the shutter button to catch the peak action, the camera fires immediately. With a point-and-shoot camera (or a cell phone camera) there is a noticeable delay between when you press the button and when the camera fires.
Since I am not a sports photographer myself, I will look to others for advice. Matthew Attard has a great article called 10 Sports Photography Tips for Beginners. The article focuses on camera settings and can be found here: http://www.digitalrev.com/article/10-sports-photography-tips-for/MzA3MzA1NTI_A. Jim Colton was the photography editor for Sports Illustrated, so he obviously knows his stuff. His article focuses not on camera settings, but on practical matters such as where to stand and how to frame a shot. Check out his six tips here: https://nppa.org/page/shooting-sports-tips-pros.
Once you have that prized shot of your young athlete, what will you do with it? Jones Photo offers a selection of specialty sports products. Faux magazine covers let you turn your child into a star. Simply choose the cover you like, select the color and insert the photo. Covers are printed on 8×10 photo paper for easy framing. Other sports products include magnets and trader cards. Personalized sports products are one way to show your child just how special they are.