Charles – I have 30 years

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Charles – I have 30 years experience in shooting sporting events everything from game film to player evaluation film with many game films that have been used to put the player into a college program. One of the things I have found is that at many of the basketball games I film it is hard to use a tripod in the stands. The last few years I have been using a mono-pod with much success.

The one thing I tell those who want to film their child’s games is that you actually don’t really get to watch the game like you think you will. You need to be watching the camera monitor while recording (i use the monitor rather than the eyepiece). You need to be able to anticipate the action of the game. Following a player many times will miss the actual action – you need to become very good at leading the player and anticipating the game. No need for continuous filming unless you like cutting in post production. No need to film timeouts or if the ball gets knocked out of bounds (except for the throw in). Keep the shot wide enough to see the play that is being run but tight enough to see the players numbers – this will come with practice. SO keeping this in mind you want a camera that has a wide-to-zoom rocker that is easy to get to and easy to use. You want to be able to gradually zoom in and out without having the zoom or open to wide be a distraction in your recording.

Something else to consider is depending on the equipment you use, what format you record in battery life becomes an issue. You want to make sure you have a backup charged battery with you. Don’t plan on being able to plug in to a power source. Also make sure you have plenty of media to record to, not only enough to cover the game but a few backup media cards. The worse thing that could happen is your card goes belly up and no extra card. I learned this very very early on with tape. I brought two cassettes certainly enough to cover a football game – sure if one of the tapes don’t go bad. So make sure you have both backup charged battery and extra media cards with you.

Feel free to drop me a PM if you have questions.

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