volleyball time!

by Ed


As most of you probably already know from Amy’s previous posts, Helen is our volleyball player.  She is in her second year of playing and we think she’s pretty darn good at it (and not because we’re her parents)!  She’s played one year of middle school volleyball, one year of high school volleyball, and two years at Memphis Metro, a competitive volleyball club.  We love going to watch her play and cheer her on, and since we just so happen to have our cameras handy, we also love taking photos of her and her team.

This past Sunday was a day full of volleyball games.  Helens team ended up playing five games, and although they didn’t win the championship, they played hard and had a good time.  I decided to take my camera and my telephoto lens and try to get some good action shots.  I learned some very important things that day:

1.  Volleyball players don’t stand still

2.  Focusing on those volleyball players that won’t stand still is a huge challenge

3.  Settings and techniques that work for wedding photography fail miserably when shooting sports

4.  There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to photography (pick the right tool for the job)

5.  I have a new found respect for those that shoot sports photography.  It’s hard!

Talk about something that takes hours and hours and hours, and a few more hours, of practice!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Wedding photography does take hours and hours of practice to perfect your craft, but we’re talking about subjects that are standing still, and, in some cases, you do get more than one shot at them.  In sports photography, the subject is only in that position for a split second.  There is definitely no going back for that one!  I will admit though, I’m ready to do it again 🙂

This one is almost in focus.



These are getting closer.



This one is dead on!  Ok, ok…  I cheated.  They’re not moving.



Trying to take photos of things you don’t normally do will certainly teach you a lot.  I know I learned quite a bit during the couple of hours shooting these volleyball games.  Step out of the box.  Get out of your comfort zone.  You will be amazed by how far that will take you.  And I’m not just talking about photography.


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