Shooting a moving target: This phrase certainly has more than one connotation, especially coming from an ex-military combat photographer. While I’ll be using examples from my time in the U.S. Air Force, we are specifically talking about photography. I’ll be sharing my top six Action Photography Tips for run and gun photographers.
If you’re into action, adventure, and sports photography or videography, here’s a contest you’d not want to miss. The world’s largest contest for action and adventure sports photography, Red Bull Illume Image Quest, is back in action for its seventh edition. You’ve got a month left to submit your photos, and folks from Red Bull want to inspire you with some stunning photos!
With so many ways to be creative in photography, I get really excited with many ideas for a photograph. One area I find very interested is sports action photography, but with a twist. It’s great to capture that split-second moment and have that frame frozen, but I wanted to explore capturing the motion and freezing the action all in one go. Above you can watch the video of me using this technique with some karate students.
In their new short film series Masters, Frame.io asked the world’s master filmmakers: “Why do you do, what you do?” In the first episode of this inspiring series, award-winning director Mark Toia shares his experience that will motivate you if you ever feel you’re creating art in vain.
Toia came a long way from a steelworker to an appreciated and paid artist. A teacher once told him that art doesn’t pay… But he couldn’t have been more wrong.
The usual advice is to keep the camera as steady as possible when we attempt to make a photograph. But sometimes adding movement can create great and interesting effects. One such technique for that is to pan with your subject. Whether you shoot action photography or not, learning to pan with your subject is a valuable skill to learn. It can make your shots feel very dynamic and exciting.
This video from YouTuber Josh Katz offers an introduction to panning photography in plain English. It’s aimed at those just starting to try panning photography for the first time. He even includes some suggestions for shooting them with your iPhone. But the video also includes some great tips to help troubleshoot your shots if you’ve already given it a try.
When it comes to chimping, it seems that photographers are divided into two groups: those who cry against it, and those who can’t get rid of this bad habit. It’s especially bad if you photograph sports, events, concert and other fast-changing environments and events. If you look at your screen after every few photos, David Bergman gives you three main reasons why you should quit it as soon as possible.
We posted a review on this just earlier today, but here’s the full specs and info on the new Profoto D2 Monolight. Here’s the short version, though. Up to 20 flashes per second, action freezing flash durations as fast as 1/63,000ofh of a second and high speed sync with all shutter speeds all the way up to 1/8000th of a second. Oh, and it also does TTL, if you’re into that kind of thing.
With competition from companies like Godox hitting some flash manufacturers pretty hard lately, Profoto isn’t running scared. The new D2 flash basically stomps all over them. Of course, with great power come great big price tags, and these certainly aren’t cheap.
Usually we see Parkour artists being shot with gimbals, I think this is the first time where we are featuring a parkour artist which IS the gimbal. Steadycam operator gimbal ninja posted a behind the scenes showing him taking a complex shot while following a cyclist getting ran over.
The Twist? The camera operator jumps through two car windows to get the shot.
That moment when your favorite lens meets an untimely death as your subject matter smashes into the front of it is a painful moment to have to experience. As camera lovers, most of us will probably find this video clip at least slightly painful to watch, but let it serve as a PSA for those of you who like to shoot up close to the action–you should be willing to accept things like this unfortunately occur from time to time.
Perhaps a UV filter would have added a barrier of protection between the handlebars and the glass, perhaps it wouldn’t have been enough. But, looking at the bright side of things, I suppose one may find solace in the fact the photographer didn’t get a black eye or broken nose from the camera hitting them in the face upon contact with the bike, which has also been know to happen from time to time–ouch! Plus, it appears the cyclist came out of the wreck okay, too. (So long as you’re not counting the guilt of having accidentally just broken a lens…)
I’ll admit, I love a good Jackie Chan movie. I think he is one of the only artists who can make Kung-Fu funny and painful at the same time.
One of Chan’s fighting trademarks is his ability to use everything and anything around him as combat tools and studio gear is no exception.
In this epic fight sequence from Armour of God: Chinese Zodiac Chan is running away into a studio while fending of a full gang of ‘bad guys’. The scene ends with the mandatory selfie. (Weirdly that studio uses light stands as tripods, but we will this one go…).