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Be a hot shot this summer
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Students are out of school and on to the fields this summer playing at the Covington Y, the Boys & Girls Club and some of the many sports camps offered in Newton County.

Before you know it, they'll be back at school and look completely different having grown so quickly by the time the fun of summer 2013 rolls around. Now is the time to get out that camera and capture the skill, determination and enjoyment of Newton's active youth.

The Covington News takes pride in bringing top-notch sports photography to its reading public, however today's technology makes it easier for everyone to have cameras that can bring high-quality photos.

These cameras are used daily in taking posed pictures of birthdays, graduations, family vacations and other still photos of our daily lives.

But sports photography brings a different challenge.

You can't stop the action in the middle of the game to keep your picture from being blurry. You can't pose your subject, and give the traditional "say cheese" command. However, you can take simple steps to use today's cheaper, easier-to-use digital SLR cameras to bring the game back home.

The Covington News' resident photography, videography, social media and all things technological expert William Brawley has graciously helped to put together a few simple steps in order to take pictures worthy of all those newfangled Canon and Nikon cameras becoming so prevalent in households throughout the country.

Even cameras without an expensive telephoto lens can still take quality sport pictures.

"Having a telephoto lens (200mm or longer) helps a lot, and many of the included lenses with entry-level DSLR kits reach that focal length," Brawley said. "Just make sure you're in good lighting conditions."

Brawley has been using these steps to photograph football, basketball, soccer, baseball games and other community events throughout Newton and deliver them to your front door every Saturday.

No matter the conditions your photos can turn out almost as good as the professionals.

"Be mindful of the sun," Brawley said. "If you are trying to shoot subjects that are between you and the sun, there's risk that subjects will be very underexposed. You might have to change your angle, to get you in between the sun and the subjects."

Taking pictures of young athletes in action is as easy as taking the camera out of the box, and with plenty of practice, your photos, which you're more than welcome to share with the Covington News and its readers, will be running alongside of Brawley's.