Five (non-technical) lessons in action shots

Do you know what type of photography I don’t get to practice nearly as often as I’d like? Action shoots.

Usually, my only opportunity is my family’s annual street hockey game each Christmas. I’ve gotten somewhat okay at shooting it; I know who’s most likely to move quickly, who I can most easily get an in-game portrait of, that sort of thing. I still have a lot to learn, though.

So, when I had the opportunity to photograph a round of fetch… well, I wasn’t going to pass it up.

Between a new camera and a quick dog, however, only a handful of the photos I took turned out half-decent. But I did learn a few things. I thought I’d share five of them with you today, along with the photos that inspired them.

A German shepherd-border collie cross dog playing fetch
  1. While photos taken from behind your subject can make for a really cool perspective, you might end up with a… less-than-appealing focus point.
A profile portrait of a German sheperd-border collie cross dog
  1. Sometimes, you capture everything in focus perfectly. Unfortunately, it’s all too far away to make for the perfect photo.
A profile portrait of a German sheperd-border collie cross dog
  1. Eventually, you get the hang of it all and capture the perfect shot. (Or you just get lucky.)
A profile portrait of a German sheperd-border collie cross dog
  1. But sometimes, you still can’t figure out how you ended up with something like this. I mean, yeah, it looks really cool, but I’m not entirely sure I can use it anywhere.
A profile portrait of a German shepherd-border collie cross dog
  1. Finally, when your subject gets tired, you get the perfect opportunity to take a portrait shot. Don’t waste it.

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