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Sports Portraits: Tips and Techniques for Capturing Athletic Photographs by Alan Hess

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Shooting Portraits Outdoors

The Perfect Time, Setup, and Settings

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Photographing a sports portrait on location can produce stunning images. The combination of the athlete, the field or arena, and the natural light can add a real sense of the sport to the image. Photographing on location also presents some real challenges to overcome, such as the changing direction, intensity, and color of the light, as well as distracting backgrounds and uncooperative weather.

Shooting Time

The best time to photograph this type of portrait is during the golden hour, that is, the first light in the morning or the last light in the evening. This is not always possible, ...

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