Commack Middle School 8 Football vs. Candlewood
Caught a slightly abbreviated football game at Commack Middle School on Thursday afternoon. Congratulations to the Commack team's win over Candlewood.
Photographing middle school football requires a different approach in comparison to high school and college football. In some ways it's easier because the play is a bit slower and more predictable. In other ways it's more difficult because the players' sizes vary greatly and the shorter ones can easily get lost in the pack. So how do you approach it?
First, there's no sense getting too far from the line of scrimmage. You won't see any 40 yard passes in middle school. Most of the plays are runs or short passes. Staying 10 yards in front of the line is plenty when shooting offensive plays. Next, you have to really pay attention. Due to the varying sizes of the players you're going to lose sight of the player with the ball, guaranteed. Also, since their tackling skills are still coming along you'll see large clumps of players surrounding the ball carrier, which makes it difficult to isolate him and the ball.
There's really no solution to this other than to pay attention and take lots of photos. Your camera's drive and autofocus should be on "continuous" and it should be smoking by the end of the game. Shooting from higher in the stands can actually help isolate shorter players. Shoot your defense from 5 yards behind the opposing QB. This will get you a better percentage of faces in your photos and you'll be in position to capture the slightly-more-than-occasional fumble and sack. Short QB? No problem. Get him before the ball is snapped and the offensive line still has their heads down.
Finally, if you're shooting on Commack's field and your photos are over-exposed, it's because of the dark woods in the background. Just dial in 1/2 to 1 stop of negative exposure compensation and you should be fine.
Practice. Take lots of photos, 'cause when your kid gets to high school things are gonna get a lot faster.
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