Took some pictures at my daughter's soccer game the other day. I caught one of her teammates scoring. I think it's a cool picture but it's lacking something.
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#1. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 06-Apr-06 12:24 AM
Well, you sure caught the peak of the action! And the interesting players are crisp and colorful. Red, blue, yellow, green - it's a colorful picture, without being overt. I think that's what makes the picture cool.
What's lacking is that I think there are at once too few things and too many things!
Too few: there's not enough context. The post says "Score!" but I can't see the goalie, which I think is partially just bad luck as to the relative position of the players at the peak moment of the action. If we could see the goalie (yellow jersey, right?) defending the goal, we'd have more of an idea that this is about to be a goal! goal! goal! Similarly, we also lack the goalposts. The net is there, but because we can't see the goal posts, it's hard to realize that it's the goal area. The image without a title looks like it's just a kick.
Too much: I doubt you could have done much about it, but artistically, the background is, uhm, not strengthening the image. The red truck draws attention like a magnet, yet it does absolutely nothing to tell the story. Much less of a problem, but still in the same vein, is the chain-link fence, or at least the post and runners thereof. You didn't give shooting info - could you have opened up the aperture a bit more? I suspect that even if this is at f/2.8, the red from that truck is going to be hard to ignore. The white edge of the building at the top right is also distracting - at least that can be cropped out without much trouble.
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#2. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 1medimond Registered since 14th Nov 2005Thu 06-Apr-06 02:25 AM
I've played soccer for many years so I understand generally the message that your trying to convey.
The photo lacks a few things, but what sticks out the most to me is the interaction between the goalie and the player with the ball. I'd also like to see the games intensitiy in one of the players eye's or face expressions.
I think that "blw" provide some great comments!
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#3. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 0
You've already received good advice. But faces are key. The goalie is almost completely obscured, and we can't see the face of the girl about to scored. The only face we can see is that of the least important person in the shot, the traling defender.
When you arrive at a field look at the background. It will probably change depending on where you position yourself. Since your daughter plays I'm sure you know something about the game. You know what type of shots you can get at certain times and certain places on the field. Position yourself for those shots so that you have a good background. It's hard when they're running up and down the field, and sometimes ALL of the backgrounds are ugly, but you should at least start thinking about these things.
Looking forward to your next shots.
#8. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 4jrp Charter MemberWed 16-Jan-08 12:50 PM
The advice above will guide you well for future shots.
Considering this shot as precious (moment-occasion and subjects-characters), in the meantime you may try to add blur to it in the background, preferably using layer masks and not a quick and dirty lazo tool selection.
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#5. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 8SteveCA Registered since 23rd Jun 2004Sun 09-Apr-06 12:39 AM
This is a nice photo, especially if it is of your daughter.
I would move (if possible to your right) so that you have a better side view of the goal (post and goalie), hopefully with a background that is more muted or at least further away than the truck so that your depth of field would not include a sharp picture of the background. That way you'll have a better chance of capturing the goalie and the kicker in the same photo. If you didn't shoot at a wide open apeture, I would try that next time to limit your depth of field to draw attention to the subjects and away from the background. Lastly I would try to time the photo release for when the kickers leg is in forward motion to give the pciture more action (although I realize that can be quite hard to time and is luck half the time).
I used to shoot soccer with a camera that shot 15 frames a second which allowed me to capture that precise moment. I have since switched to digital SLRs and will have to see if 8FPS will capture that precise moment...
#6. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 0
Hey, Great advice in all aspects here. I would like to add one more thing for you. I do some sports and a lot of wildlife. I will say pre-planning is best in both fields. In sports I look for the stronger side IE: she is right sided so you need to be on the right side of the defending goal. This provides the most chances of getting a great shot with the face (As mentioned above) and with the most intense actions of the game. Pick your players and their strong sides to get the best images. Pre-plan and out-think your situation. You can always move if you feel like it. Out of a single game I would pull about 20 nice images and 5 outstanding shots out of a total of 300-400 images. Now, with that said, You always can pull faces, close-up, little action, and interesting images for a family no matter how many bad images you have: crop and save for family’s (They seem to love any image of their child).
Take care and be safe,
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#7. "RE: Score!" | In response to Reply # 6Almass Registered since 22nd Jan 2006Sun 09-Apr-06 03:06 PM
The common mistake in sport photography is high shutter speed which freezes the action.
You need to place the viewer within the action and not as a mere spectator.
You achieve this as follows:
1- Lower shutter speed to show the blur of the fast moving element.
2- Shoot at peek of action. (Remember Marvel comics)
3- Do a "follow" shoot. Don't simply freeze the action but follow and anticipate the shot with a hip pan. In hunting you can either follow the bird flight or anticipate where he will come across the visor. You need to follow and shoot. (sorry for the analogy but for the record I am against hunting - fishing - bird shooting...etc)
4- Another technique is to pan and zoom at the same time which gives fantastic results but tricky to master.
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