Capturing the Flavors of Fall

Sure, the vibrant autumn leaves are stunning and the portraits of kids in their Halloween costumes are delightful, but there are other signs of fall that also yield frame worthy shots.

Are you ready for some football?

More importantly, are you ready for some football cheerleading?

Not for nothing, but I have daughter, and unless there is some cataclysmic event that suddenly allows girls to join high school football teams, then I will likely be focusing my camera lens on the sidelines in order to snap action shots of my girl being thrown in the air, all in the name of school spirit.

If you are planning to document your daughter’s (or son’s) best moves during the fall football season, make sure you are shooting with a DSLR camera. You will need the continuous shooting mode it features in order to capture the cheerleaders’ action-packed moves. Most decent DSLRs snap 2.5 frames per second which means you can capture five successive photos in two seconds.

For those of you who don’t have the budget to purchase an advanced DSLR camera, planning is extra important. If you know a cheerleading routine like the back of your hand, then you have a better chance of capturing high-flying moves with a standard point-and-shoot camera. For example, if you are poised to document a specific jump, lift, flip or basket toss, you can make the necessary adjustments to your camera’s settings ahead of time, and press the shutter button at the exact moment in the routine that your cheerleader is in the air.

Location is also key when you are photographing cheerleaders. Try to get as close to the action as possible. By scoring a prime locale, you will be better able isolate your subject. If a railing or fence is in the way, then try to employ a blurring effect in order to make the shot work.

Finally, just keep shooting. The more pictures you take, the better the odds you’ll find one that is worth framing. With digital cameras, you have the luxury of deleting unwanted photos, so feel free to go crazy clicking that shutter button.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.