Creative Sport and Ac­tion

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With ad­vice from the in­dus­try’s lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, dis­cover the tech­niques for shoot­ing en­gag­ing images of sports ath­letes and ac­tion-packed events

Fast-paced and adren­a­line-fu­eled, sports pho­tog­ra­phy is an ex­cit­ing genre. Learn how to cre­ate unique shots with our de­tailed guide

Sports pho­tog­ra­phers of­ten say that the genre is in­fu­ri­at­ing, stress­ful, ex­haust­ing and ad­dic­tively good fun all at the same time. Its ul­tra-fast-paced na­ture means a great deal of cam­era skill is re­quired to cap­ture a per­fect mo­ment of or­der in an oth­er­wise chaotic en­vi­ron­ment. The main chal­lenges re­late to cor­rect ex­po­sure, short-enough shut­ter speeds to freeze move­ment, com­po­si­tion and ac­cu­rate fo­cus­ing of er­ratic sub­jects. It’s vi­tal to know your cam­era in­side and out, so that you are able to recog­nise where it will ex­cel and where it will strug­gle to de­liver the re­sults you re­quire. Even the most ad­vanced cam­eras can find it chal­leng­ing to lock on fo­cus and hold it, while track­ing a sub­ject at high speed. Add into the mix the need to pro­duce clean, noise-free images at the very high ISO sen­si­tiv­i­ties that are indige­nous to the genre, and a sports shooter’s kit is truly pushed to its lim­its. Yet on top of these chal­lenges, a pho­tog­ra­pher work­ing in this area needs to be as creative as those shoot­ing any other sub­ject mat­ter. Sim­ply freez­ing a foot­ball player in mid-air by set­ting the high­est vi­able shut­ter speed is un­likely to be enough to draw in a viewer and in­spire their imag­i­na­tion, just as a well-ex­posed shot of an empty land­scape will fail to at­tract at­ten­tion. In this guide we’ll walk through all of the best tech­niques for cap­tur­ing creative and in­no­va­tive ac­tion images, fol­low­ing ad­vice from some of the in­dus­try’s lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phers.

Creative Sport and Ac­tion

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Stro­bo­scopic com­po­si­tion

By cor­rectly tim­ing your sub­ject move­ment, flash fre­quency and count, an eye-catch­ing, bal­anced com­po­si­tion can be achieved

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