As some of you may know from reading my bio on my About Me page, I am a runner on the NC State University Cross Country and Track team. This gives me a rare opportunity as a photographer to know what my “clients” are looking for. Many runners want kick ass lighting, a cool setting, and some great running faces. I can tell you, no runner wants that awful picture where their form is all out of wack and they look like a tired slobby gorilla (no offense to the gorillas of the world).
Getting the perfect running/ athletic shot can be extremely difficult and you need to be prepared to work for that great location. While I was at the Nike Cross Country Regionals at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, I thought it was a great opportunity to take pictures of a very successful local team while I was there. These girls were tired and exhausted by the time they got to me as they led the team race up the final long hill so getting a good picture where they still look fresh and great is harder than you might think. The best angle for taking these types of pictures is from down low, so squatting on the sideline would be best. Also, do not go all rapid snapshot on them; take your time and “pull the trigger” only a couple times. A professional photographer out of London once told me the best photographers only take 20-30 photos per session which includes sports mode session like these.
Understanding how to take sports session pictures is hard and will take years to perfectly master as I am still trying to learn this type of art. If you want any more tips on sports photography, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org:)