Tip of the Day: Add motion to your sports photos

Try cropping your shots so that the only upper body of the subject is in the frame. Because you need to freeze the action, if the entire body of the person was in the frame, it may look like they were walking to first base instead of running.

Whether you are watching a major league baseball game or catching your child’s summer league soccer game, there is always a great photo op. Sometimes, sports photos lack the appearance of motion, but it’s easy to add motion to make your sports shots stand out.

Try cropping your shots so that the only upper body of the subject is in the frame. Because you need to freeze the action, if the entire body of the person was in the frame, it may look like they were walking to first base instead of running.

Another way to create motion is to experiment with panning. Try setting your shutter speed to 1/30 of a second, and pan your camera to follow the movement of the subject. The background will blur, but your subject won't. Panning may take a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love what it does to your sports photos!
—Kaitlin Tambuscio
Editorial Intern