Basics to Have a Good Sports Photoshoot
As we know the sports, the athletes and mostly the brands, such as; Nike, Adidas, Puma, or another important company are ruling the world of the creative industry. Nowadays, what you show is what you are, that’s why publicity has become one of the most important things when we talk about business and merchandising.
Here we go, I’m going to show the things you have to keep in mind when you’re doing sports photography; everything is possible in this type of photography.
1. Rule number one, you need to use your high and low velocities of your camera. This is really important if you want to create an original photo, everything is about movement, whether you want to show the movement or you just want to capture the moment. It’s up to you, but you need to play with these parameters.
2. Always try to find a real athlete, a fitness model or a fashion model, but in any of the cases you need to guide them through the photo-shoot to have the photo you’re searching for.
3. The lights in this type of photography are very strong; we’re talking about high contrasts. This will help you to see better the muscles of the model and also to create an impact and a mystery on it.
4. Always make a real sport set if you’re shooting in the studio, but I recommended if you have all the equipment it’s better to move to a bigger location where the model and the theme of the photo-shoot are highly synchronized.
5. Take the picture when the model is doing THE EXPRESSION in this type of photography everything is about the feeling; what’s transmitting this photo to the public.
6. If you’re highly passionate for this type of photos, you should go pretty often to the websites of the different brands to have an idea of what do you want, examine the light, the expressions, the clothes, and everything you find important on it.
7. Play with the post-production in Photoshop; this is a competitive industry, so all you’ll need is to be creative.
This type of photography is more fashionable and aggressive at the same time, when we talk about sports there’s a huge difference in shooting a championship (photojournalism) and doing a sports set (fashion/commerce industry), two very difference environments in the same theme.