How to Improve Your Sports Action Photography

When it comes to sports portraits and action photography, employing a bit of artificial light can make a huge difference by giving you the ability to shape the look of the frame and add a lot of drama to the image. If you are ready to get started working with artificial light in your sports action portraiture, check out this excellent video tutorial that will give you a range of helpful tips and advice sure to put you on the right track. 

Coming to you from Matt Hernandez with Westcott Lighting, this awesome video tutorial discusses the ins and outs of working with artificial light for sports action photography. The beauty of adding a bit of artificial light to this sort of portraiture is that you can overwhelm the sun, making it easy to control the drama in the frame. While you might normally think that it is easier to work in a studio in this sort of scenario (and from a technical perspective, it is), working outside allows you to photograph your subjects on the tennis court, the baseball diamond, the football field, etc., lending your images a much higher level of realism. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hernandez.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Start front to back with lighting. Excellent!