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Photographing Action ~ Action Photography

Action: 1. the state or process of doing something or being active; operation. 2. movement or posture during some physical activity.

“Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history.” Cornell Capa

Seagull checking me check him out 2011

A great photo tells a story without words. Photographing your subject in action is a great way to visually tell a story.  In addition to being artistic, action photos are about documenting life precisely as it happens in a given moment.

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“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” Ernst Haas

When I talk about taking action photos I’m not only referring to sports or nature but to life in general.  For example, when photographing a child’s birthday you may want to capture their reaction upon seeing or tasting the cake. Something that made them laugh, a kiss or hug, etc.

Four tips for better action photos:

Aim the camera at a spot where the action is likely to occur

Take lots of pictures. Sometimes it takes many clicks to capture the perfect shot.

Anticipate when and where it will occur.
Zoom in to capture a detail.

“When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!” Ted Grant
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Brandon Boyd

During live musical performances you can count on a spectacular moment during the chorus or guitar solo.  In both these examples the camera is zoomed in on it’s subject eliminating the unnecessary.

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Michael Jackson & Slash

Capturing movement such as dance requires anticipation.

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Rita Moreno

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“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” Paul Caponigro

Capturing people interacting can be tricky.  The photographer should make the subject feel comfortable and at ease.  Your goal is to have them forget the camera is there.

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Coretta and Martin Luther King

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Jay-Z And Beyonce

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” Aaron Siskind

Sometimes the photographer can provoke a reaction becoming part of the story.

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Anna Paquin And Stephen Moyer
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Joan Jett

In the next photos life is documented through the eyes of the photographer.
We see what the photographer is seeing.

I could look at these pictures over and over and not get tired of dissecting them.

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Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette, being arrested outside Buckingham Palace, London, May 1914.

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A woman is struck down during a suffragette demonstration in 1903.

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Arrests on September 24, 2011 Occupy Wall Street

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” Ansel Adams

If you enjoyed these tips here’s a post with tips for taking Fabulous Portraits.


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