I wanted to take this opportunity to show some good and bad examples of sports photos in terms of composition and interest. These are photos taken in both amateur and professional levels, which shows that anyone with a good eye, a quick shutter finger and a little luck can take some amazing pictures.
Here are some good examples of the various traits I discussed in the previous post.
This shows a great level of interest in that they set the frame around the subject and the words printed on the door. It shows a good part of the story that otherwise it would just look like two men walking. Instead, you can see that it is a man leading a younger man that by the story you would find out is involved in a scandal involving a well-known college. Plus there is great framing with the use of the doorframe.
This shows great interest of the subject. The head and ball line up in the right places so that the picture is very interesting and shows where the player intends to hit the ball.
This is a great angle. The players' faces are not visible but the action is very interesting and exciting from the low point of view that the photographer took from almost under the players.
(Photo by me)
This is another picture with great interest. The subjects are lined up well and the picture is balanced with the action in the play and expressions behind. I would have faded the background out a bit more to make it a more simple shot.
This picture is a good example of what I was taking about on the previous picture only by fading out the main subject, this photographer is highlighting the fans behind the normal interest of the action of the subject, in this case, the runners.
Interest and emotion portray a lot of what is happening in the world of the picture. This captures the subject's expression and it is obvious without words that this is a runner who is exhausted.
And some great examples of how the aspects I have considered could have been used better.
(By Sam Upshaw Jr., The Courier-Journal)
This picture would have been better and a lot more interesting if the cropping would have included more of her body. It could have been the photographer who zoomed in too much, but I believe this to be an editing mistake. It just cuts the body off too short and make the picture seem incomplete with the pitcher floating somewhere in mid air. Also the subject should be placed on an intersection of point demonstrated by the rule of thirds.
This picture should have been great. It is very expressive and yet the movement and interest s taken away because the runner is positioned in the middle of the picture. It shows that this person is no longer moving, which may help showing that the runner is finished, but normally the rule of thirds makes the picture much better.
Again, this is a very interesting shot but it would be helped by the rule of thirds or maybe even by using the field lines to lead into the action.
This picture is okay but too blurry and neither the bull nor the man is completely visible in the shot. There should be a definite subject and here it is difficult to tell exactly what is being portrayed.
"There are two major pieces of advise I can give: good equipment and experience are the best things to invest in," Michael Malbacher, Photo Editor of Bellarmine University's Concord commented.