- Category: Photo Craft
Sports Action Photography
There’s another hot button for getting great digital images of men – sports. Whether he plays or just watches, you can bet on a relaxed, stress-free photo shoot when his favorite sport is the backdrop. Is he a jock or a weekend athlete? Great!
Now just toddle along to the game, scrimmage or practice session and you’re all set for some action images of your male subject. He doesn’t have to be storming up and down the court or playing field either. Be sure to catch your subject before the event, at halftime and at game’s end for a broader range of photos.
Again, don’t be afraid to fill the frame with your subject to capture greater detail but don’t neglect good composition either. No cutting off of heads, arms, legs or other body parts, unless you’re Henry the Eighth.
Sports Action Photo Shooting Tips: When there’s plenty of action, shoot fast with a fast shutter speed of 1/500th second or faster. Focus on zones which are close enough to you for you to capture good detail in your images. Don’t try to cover the whole playing field, you most likely won’t be able to do a proper job of that anyway. By shooting in a close zone you can focus on when your subject approaches without worrying about too much else. Depending on the team position played, you might have to position yourself near a particular part of the field or court for a consistent supply of “photo opps” of your subject.
Things to Avoid When Photographing Men
In addition to the suggestions above, you should try to avoid the following photographic faux pas. In this image, note the pole “growing” out of the man’s head – oops! Now where did that come from? Check for obstacles like poles, trees and other artificial appendages suddenly sprouting from your subject.
Move your subject if possible. Another problem with the photo on the left is that the background is far too cluttered. An unavoidably “busy” background can be thrown out-of-focus using a wide lens aperture (f5.6, f2.8 or wider usually works). Alternatively, move back from the subject and zoom in to tight-focus the shot to blur a “busy” background. Have your subjects interacting if at all possible to help to personalize and liven-up the picture.
They’re not about to be executed by firing squad so don’t “line them up” to be "shot" (pun intended). If, however, you've already taken the photo and find there are undesirable objects growing from your subject's head, there are some post-processing edits you can make.
Photograph Men Using Variety and Imagination
When photographing men, use a healthy dose of variety in settings and situations along with an open mind and imagination in composing digital images, shooting angles and other photo dynamics.
You can then be assured that your efforts will be amply rewarded with outstanding photographs of men of all types.