Every take a picture and right behind your subject is a hard black shadow? In the image to the right, compare the shadow behind the subjects head to the one by his shoulders. This is an example of close up, close to walls shots, causing hard shadow contrast. Professionals deal with that by using off-camera flash and use →
Most people when they start doing martial art or any sport photography, start shooting a subject they are familiar with. You've done some classes, you've been on the floor a bit, so you kinda know where that kick should go, how that swing will transition, and just where the 'snap' is in that punch. Switching to covering an →
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TvwUz9EcuE In this episode Mark talks about using a fast shutter speed to freeze motion. This is a great technique that can be used to capture sports or even kids on the move!
When Shooting, look for the colorful personalities, the goof balls, the hams if you will. They will often play to the camera creating some interesting and often comical moments that you'll want to capture. In the shot at right, the subject was helping me do some white balance checking and for a laugh grabbed the shorts in question. When you →
When framing your shot, pay attention to what else is in there. Look for distracting clutter in the back ground, as well as "weird growths". These are those things that look like they are growing out of your subjects head. Can you move those items out of the way, or change your position to move them to the side? Horns →
Camera: Canon 50D Lens: Canon 18-200mm Focal Length: 50mm ISO: 1250 Shutter: 1/160 Aperture: F/5.6 Flash: Canon 580exII Post processed in Photoshop for balance.
In this shot from the 2009 Buffalo Martial Arts Expo we combine a number of different techniques to achieve a balanced shot. Here I used a wide view, combined with bounced diffused flash for softer shadowing, mid range ISO and wide aperture to grab more light, and a moderate shutter speed to freeze the action while allowing enough light in →
When composing your shot, don't be afraid to turn your camera on it's side. An amateur move is to shoot while always holding the camera the same way, then cropping in. When you do that you waste alot of usable image space. Turn your camera, get in close and get the shot right when you take it, not later in →
Camera: Canon 50D, Flash: Canon 580II, Lens: Canon 18-200mm @ 100mm, ISO 1600, 1/200, F/5.6
When shooting martial arts shots, you need to know when to show motion, and when to freeze it. Freezing your shot will capture a moment in time, but often leads to the "posed" look, while too much motion can look amateurish. In this shot, PG Scott is working a Tapi-Tapi drill with PC Todaro. The look on his face shows the →
Not quite Martial Arts, but many ideas also apply. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p7M588M9Qs "Mark Wallace talks to Gene Lower, the official photographer of the Arizona Cardinals. Gene shares some of his tips for shooting sports."
Shot back in 2007 with a Nikon D50 and a Nikor 55-200mm lens with Nikon SB600 flash unit.
What can you suggest if my camera doesn't have an "ACTION" or "SPORT" mode? Queen City Laban Laro VII Question What can you suggest if my camera doesn't have an "ACTION" or "SPORT" mode? It's got "CLOSE UP", "PORTRAIT", "LANDSCAPE" and a couple of others. (I think one is designed for the beach/snow where the background is very bright, for →
Tips on Lenses – Sharp Images at a Budget Price, the 50mm Answer. -Bob Hubbard For anyone shooting portraits with a DSLR, which lens is best is an ongoing question, with most photographers having differing opinions based on their shooting style and goals. Good portrait lenses can run into the thousands of dollars for high end pro-glass. Thankfully →
Who owns that picture? by Bob Hubbard There is a great deal of misunderstanding over who owns a picture. The common myth is "It's a picture of me, so I own it.". Wrong. Unless you took it with your own camera somehow. The owner of any photo under US Law, is the person who took the photo, ie the photographer unless they are doing →
Tournament Shooting without Flash, a primer. -Bob Hubbard Traditional thinking says to use flash to freeze action. But what do you do if the venue won't allow flash photography? Shooting in a low light situation is tricky, even for pros. Where our eyes may think things are well lit, the average karate school or gym just doesn't put out the level of →
Advice for Photographers By Bob Hubbard From http://bobhubbardphotography.com ============== Advice As I continue to study and learn about the art of photography, I am amazed at both it's simplicity, and it's complexity. What follows are a few nuggets that I've learned so far on this journey. Lighting is key * Having the right amount and the right type of light is crucial →
Taking Better Action Photos By Bob Hubbard Ever been at a martial arts or other sporting event and taken pictures and not been happy with what you got? Were the eyes red and demonic looking, or did the subjects look like blurs or whispery ghosts? Here's a couple of suggestions to help you improve your shots. 1 - Know your camera settings. Most people →
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