Photographing People In Stride

I’m very excited about a guest post that I’m putting together about street photography tips on a friend’s blog, but in the meantime I thought I’d share this quick tip about capturing people in-stride without having them look awkward.

The key is to frame your shot in advance, and wait for your subject to hit the right spot with their front leg full extended. By doing this, your subject is in balance, looks strong and has a sense of purpose about them, and it prevents them from looking like they’re about to fall over.

To capture that perfect moment, you can try to time it so that they’re hitting their stride as you click the shutter, but an easTier method is to snap two or three frames in succession.

That’s it! Just a simple tip to help you capture better images of people in motion… or perhaps your son or daughter at their next soccer game. Good luck!

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12 comments

  1. This is a fantastic tip, Shane!

    Having read your explanation and seen your example images, the techniques seems kind of obvious now. It’s a tip I’ll use for future shots. Thanks for the post.

    1. Hey Tim, glad you found it helpful. It’s a little thing, but it’s one that I stumbled on through taking hundreds of photos of people. It just seems to give photos that little bit more umph!

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