Action Photography

Tips for taking good action photography.

katrina

 

1. Capture the moment of action.

It takes a lot a practice and many, many photos to capture the best moment of action. At a game or event I may take over 200 photos and end up with only five photos like the one above.

alvin

shot

by Rosanna Garcia

rosy

by Keith Panana

swish

by Rosanna Garcia

 

Your timing needs to be perfect for the best action shot.

tooearly

Too early.

 

missed

Too late.

 

caught the moment

Just right!

 

 

Make sure you get action, not just a photo at a game.

no action

This photo may have been taken at a game, but there is no action in the photo.

still action

This is an action shot, but there is not much action. They could almost be posing.

 

good action

Much better action. She could not pose for this photo.

 

 

2. Get Closer.

Move in or zoom in, but don't get too close. You don't want to become part of the action.

toofar

Too far away. You cannot see anyone's face.

 

 

closer

Better. You can actually see his face.

 

closeenough

Even better.

 

in close

Get in close without being run over.

 

 

3 Faces.

Action shots are better when you can see the people's faces. Back-of-the-head shots are arms-in-the-way are too common in action shots.

arm in the way

The all too common arm-in-the-way.

 

back of the head

Back-of-the-head.
The action is good, but I cannot see who this is.

 

faces
by Garret Madalena

Much better with the faces visible.

 

 

4. Interesting Angles

As with all photogrpahy, don't always take your photos from a standing position at the side of the action. Find an interesting angle to shoot from.

hurdles

Shoot while looking down something.

 

hoop
by Garret Madalena

Different perspectives are always interesting.
Just make sure not to get hit by the action.