8. Sports and Composition

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A Totally Different Animal

By Rick Rickman

I’ve been a sports photographer for 33 years now. It’s one genre of photography that I truly love. It can be (and it has been for me) one of the most challenging genres to try to master; all the demands of photography come into play at such a high rate of speed.

When I was asked to write about sports and composition, I was a bit dubious at first. I wrestled with how to best describe the processes involved in making the decisions that affect the outcome and determine the success of the pictures produced. The compositional elements are all the same; we still have to think ...

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