Cre­ate Com­pelling per­spec­tives

Digital Photograper - - Creative Sport & Action -

Pro­duc­ing dy­namic sports com­po­si­tions is de­cep­tively chal­leng­ing, but with these pro tips you’ll dis­cover lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties

In the heat of the ac­tion, as you’re try­ing to cap­ture a cor­rectly ex­posed, in-fo­cus im­age, it can be all too easy to for­get about the usual rules of pho­to­graphic com­po­si­tion, to say noth­ing about ac­tively seek­ing creative and unique per­spec­tives. It is a per­fect ex­am­ple of when a pho­tog­ra­pher’s artis­tic skill is of greater im­por­tance than the tech­nol­ogy in their cam­eras – ad­vanced AF sys­tems can aid any­one in pro­duc­ing a tech­ni­cally cor­rect shot, but the pho­tog­ra­pher’s vi­sion dic­tates the en­gage­ment of the viewer. A com­mon mis­take is to for­get about or ig­nore the en­vi­ron­ment in the com­po­si­tion, tak­ing the sub­ject out of the con­text of the scene. Ex­treme close-ups of an ath­lete can be in­ter­est­ing, but por­tray­ing them in ac­tion, within the greater con­text of their sport, tells a more en­gag­ing story. Surf­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Karl Lund­holm (kallelund­holm.com) al­ways aims to make the most of his dra­matic work­place in his com­po­si­tions. “I don’t think I see surf­ing as a sport when

I’m shoot­ing, rather a com­ple­ment to the beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment that [the surfers] are in,” he ex­plains. “When I am out in the wa­ter, it is hard to get the com­po­si­tion 100 per cent cor­rect be­cause of all the fac­tors the ocean brings. Ev­ery wave and surfer is unique and in con­stant mov­ing wa­ter you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. I am al­ways try­ing to get a depth in my photos by stay­ing close to the sur­face, so I get an out-of-fo­cus fore­ground, then the surfer and the wave in fo­cus and last the sky or land in the back­ground. I think this draws the viewer into the photo and makes it more pow­er­ful.” Choice of ori­en­ta­tion is also an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion, as the frame shape de­fines how view­ers see the sub­ject. Lund­holm prefers to shoot in por­trait ori­en­ta­tion – “I shoot mainly ver­ti­cally when I shoot surfers be­cause I like to get a lot of the ocean and sky in my photos. This for­mat is also re­ally ef­fec­tive when shoot­ing sun­sets or sun­rises be­cause you get a nice gra­di­ent in the sky, which al­lows for more colour and im­pact in the photos.”

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