Fall sports are just around the corner! Many photographers are going to be shooting sports action shots as a way to break into the sports photography market. Many photographers offer action shots in addition to their traditional team and individual sports business. Taking good action shots requires attending a practice or game with the right high-speed equipment and a little bit of luck! Many times, it is more realistic (and fun for the participants) to conduct a simulated action shoot.
When selecting simulated action shots, think a little outside of the box. Players should simulate the action of the specific position that they play. For example: A kicker on the football team may not want to “simulate” a pass in his photos. You can use drills such as dribbling down a basketball court one-at-a-time or taking a shot on a given mark to help re-create that game-day look! Use cones or tape on the floor to help organize the activities. Younger players have more posing limitations. It’s better to keep the poses simple, but offer several varieties for mom to choose from!
Candid Color Systems has a series of videos with tips and examples for posing and simulated action sports shoots.