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On practice fields all over America future NFL Hall of Famers are getting ready for their youth fall football season. It’s time to get back into the swing of shooting your favorite home grown athlete. Here are a few tips to get you back in the game:

1. Check out your equipment, clean your lens, charge batteries and clear off your memory cards.
2. Use your monopod with heavier lenses.
3. If you are not familiar with the sport you will be shooting, learn some of the rules and watch the big boys on TV know what to expect.
4. Stay out of the way of the action and the referees.
5. Look for moments of jubulation or disappointment.
6. Try different angles, low or high.
7. Watch your backgrounds, easier said than done with youth sports, but try to keep the background clean.
8. Work with the light you have, early morning and late afternoon games are great, the light gets under those helmets.

Technical touches:
1. Set your focus to the center point
2. Set your camera mode to Sports or Aperture Priority depending on your comfort level (if you decide to use aperture priority, set your aperture wide open).
3. Make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/300 sec to freeze the action.
4. If you want multiple bursts, be sure to set your camera accordingly.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger