• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 5. Action Photography > Taking a Position

Taking a Position

One of the keys to taking great action photos is getting a favorable vantage point. Some locations just lend themselves to better viewpoints and improved photographic opportunities. Gain access to the pit at an auto race, and you’ll not only get incredible photos of cars on the track, but you’ll be able to capture the excitement of the crew servicing a dusty, steaming hot vehicle that pauses just long enough for a picture or two before peeling back out to the competition. (This assumes you know how to stay out of the way of the professionals!)

Of course, at professional sports events you probably won’t have much choice about where you position yourself unless you have press credentials. College games are big business, too, so you may run into restrictions there as well. (An amateur photographer doesn’t have a prayer of getting down on the field at a Big 10 football game.) However, once you lower your expectations a notch, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to gain a prime location (again, remembering to stay out of the way of the press photographers who are covering the event professionally). I’ve taken pictures at women’s professional fast-pitch softball games, grabbed next-to-dugout seats at AA-class minor league baseball contests, shot lower-division college football, basketball, and soccer, and the whole range of high school sports with nary a problem.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint