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Action Photography

January 8th, 2012 No comments

Of all the kinds and styles of photography being practiced today, sports photography is probably the most exciting—not to mention the most difficult—of all. Since this kind of photography involves so much speed and action, photographing the subjects or players would require more than the usual knack for good angles but also the strength to endure physical limitations during the shoot.

Sports photography usually include shots that are taken during the game or while the subjects are in their respective field. Aiming to “freeze” moments during the actual event, sports photographers should be equipped with the right photography equipment, trained with enduring tenacity, and fueled with an overwhelming desire to capture each moment and emotion at their best.


The best thing about sports photography is that the photographer can freeze a single moment that contains pure and raw emotion and share it with the public in print. If you’re into photography and quite interested in taking adrenaline-pumping shots, you should familiarize yourself with different kinds of sports first. Since each sport varies, the styles and techniques used in capturing and freezing each moment also vary.

If you are already in the field taking photos, it is a must that you have a brief background about the sport you are covering. Knowledge in the fundamentals of coaching style, sport rules, and players will help you identify their most interesting angles. It is also a must to identify your “safety” (a shot that is easy to shoot and can be published if you don’t get good photos all throughout).

Here are some basic sports photography guidelines fit for common sports:

1. Baseball. Most seasoned sports photographers would agree that baseball is one sport that is hardest to shoot because of its unpredictability. Make sure that you get your safety first before getting experimental shots.

2. Basketball. Unlike baseball, this is the easiest sport to shoot because you only have to focus on two subjects: the player who handles the ball and the net. But its simplicity limits you to different angles, so make sure you get plenty of shots to choose from.

3. Football. This is another easy sport to shoot but it is considered as the most equipment intense sports because it would require waiting for the perfect shot. Although it’s easy to get safeties, it’s still up to you to produce action shots that would be a stand up.

4. Soccer and Hockey. Because of the speed and sudden movements involved in these sports, auto focus cameras are recommended.

5. Volleyball. Although it is one of the rarely covered sports events, volleyball is also one of favorites because dramatic shots can be derived all throughout. Since moves in the sports are quite tricky, make sure that you turn your camera’s auto focus on.

6. Golf. It’s hard to shoot photos during the game due to the nature of the game itself. What you can do is to camp at one location and take shots as players pass by or use a cart to follow the individual players.

7. Track and Field. Though access can be limited, this is one sport that is fun to shoot because movements are predictable and easy to shoot. All you need is good timing.

8. Gymnastics and Figure Skating. One basic rule in these sports: NO FLASH. Since they involve individuals performing, the use of flash is restricted because it distracts the players. The major problem you’ll encounter is lighting but this can be solved once the venue is lit up.

9. Motorsports and Racing Events. These are fairly easy to photograph because you can get away with slower lenses. But since you’re far from the track, you need longer lenses for the shoot.

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Oblique Aerial Photography – What is it and How is it Used?

December 4th, 2011 No comments

Oblique aerial photography is usually undertaken using a high-wing light aircraft and a photographer with a hand held camera. A high quality digital SLR is best, not only due to the quality of the images but the weight of the camera body will aid the photographer in providing a sturdy platform from which to take photos.

Construction photography will usually use oblique aerial photography to some degree as it can provide a variety of angles from number of different directions. Where a large building is being constructed this type of photography will allow the customer to visualise the building in its surroundings before it is finished. Computer Generated Images (CGI) can also be used for this. A construction company may also commission progress photography which will use oblique images to show the progress of the building work at regular intervals.

Oblique aerial photography has several advantages over vertical photography:-

  • It can show the front/vertical aspect of buildings.
  • It can show a greater area of the ground looking into the distance.
  • It can give a better perspective of height in surrounding terrain and buildings.
  • It provides a more dramatic platform for CGI.
  • It is more aesthetically pleasing for display event aerial photography.
  • Keith McGregor

    Landscape Photography – Catching The Professional Look!

    November 28th, 2011 No comments

    Getting a professional look to your landscape photographs then, is as much a challenge as it is a pleasure when the praise starts coming in: realistic, awesome or inspiring results can be achieved with the right lighting and angles but it does call for patience and some amount of dedicated practice to learn the use of basic equipment and techniques of outdoor photography.

    The techniques of outdoor landscape photography differ vastly from indoor or studio photography techniques and so does the lighting and equipment needed to get good results. Once, the hobby photographer has learned the importance of using the right equipment in the correct manner, landscape photography is no longer a mystery to someone who applies the knowledge of art and a passion for capturing a landscape in a way that it speaks to the observer.

    You too can learn to deliver artful messages to the viewer through your work, the way in which you present a shot or series of shots so that it moves your viewer to feel something for the work. Whatever message you want to portray should be clear to the viewer through the mood setting dominant in your landscape photograph and so the main details you need to pay special attention to are the kind of lighting you are focusing the camera angle in, existence of any shadows (sometimes even shadow-plays give great results for a dreamy, fantastic or even mystical mood setting, but this requires a lot of practice to achieve – and sometimes, just weather-luck) besides necessary equipment.

    If you choose to use B/W film for landscape, this is a really demanding medium for the photography of nature since true artistry is difficult to attain through this as there is little reliance on colors beyond black and white and so the dependence of the picture looking eye-catching is mostly on any shadows the image creates. This is why composition is an important part of landscape photography: the picture should have certain sharp edges, tones and textures to alleviate the sense of lacking colors but still having character.

    The foundation of B/W photography is getting the camera to capture what the eye actually views in color and also to highlight a definite portion and let shadows play on another section; varied angles of buildings and water have made for great black and white photography in the past and you can try your luck with this aspect too.

    On the other hand, even trees and rocks, bridges and natural ridges, land formations and man-made buildings against a natural backdrop make for an interesting contrast say, like contradictions existing peacefully alongside and so draw the eye to this play of opposites.

    A photographer can use various angles to give a sharp or even soft contrast to the effect one desires and evoke definite emotion in the viewer simply by allowing for a touch of color play, if taking to color photography in subtle tones. Natural lighting required for landscape photography makes for easier candid shots to be captured by color films and thus, many hobbyists prefer taking up Digital photography that allows them to evaluate the quality of the picture before committing it to print as the LCD screen shows them most important aspects of the picture’s focus, which goes a long way to ensure a perfect picture.

    So, as an amateur photographer, you need to put in some amount of practice with your basic photography equipment and learn best angles, focus points, time of day and spots to pick out for getting consistent results each time – to breathe in life into your landscape photos!

    Abhishek Agarwal