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    5 ways to compose an image for supreme impact: easy tips to train your creative eye

    | Photography Tips | 08/04/2014 00:01am
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    Compose an image with impact: 03 Shoot close for sports

    Compose an image with impact: 03 Shoot close for sports

    For really dramatic sports images, get in on the action with a wide-angle lens

    What’s the angle?

    Rather than using a long telephoto lens, and shooting from a distance, for this technique to work you need to get as close to the action as possible – that way, you can use a wide-angle lens, which will help you include all of the action, and a lot more of the background than a shot taken with a long telephoto lens.

    When it works

    With a wide-angle lens you need to be able to get really close to the action for frame-filling shots, so this isn’t a suitable technique for all sports – you’ll find it easiest to get close to the action at sports such as motocross, mountain biking or running races rather than, say, motor racing or most team sports.

    Why it works
    Getting in close will really emphasise the sense of speed and action. It can also make the viewer feel much more a part of the action than a telephoto image taken from a distance.

    SEE MORE: How to get composition right every time

    Things to watch out for
    Getting close to any action can be a risky business, so never put yourself in an area that could be dangerous.

    Most organised sporting events will have rules only allowing you access to reasonably safe areas, and marshalls to make sure that you adhere to these rules.

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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