3 Essential Tips To Take a Good Race Photo

Saving you from a slew of bad race photos


Words Estelle Teo

PSA to all #instarunners out there: We are finally here with some advice that might just save you from a slew of bad race photos.

Position matters!

More often than not, we tend to capture photos at eye level, making the photos taken look flat and uninteresting. Try exploring different angles for a more dramatic composition.

A tip or two we can give is to take your photo from below so that your legs look longer. This works exceptionally well while you are embracing a stride. You may also explore shooting from higher ground.

A photo taken from above allows the photo to take on different perspective, making the photo a unique one. You don’t even need a ladder. Just stand on a bench or something.

Natural Lighting!

Most races tend to be held in the mornings or the evenings. These are the best times to have your photo taken because the sunlight isn’t harsh.

Not only do you avoid looking horrible in the heat but it’ll also prevent your photos from being overly contrasty. Get your photo taken with the photographer standing against the direction of the light so that the runner stands out in the photo.

Good photos are also taken during sunset, also known as the Golden Hour. You’ll get about 20 minutes of usable light before it gets too dark. This is the prime time where photographers are out and about scouting for the perfect picture. That means runners look great when having their pictures taken too!

Thanks for the memories, 2015

A photo posted by Veronica Shanti Pereira (@v_shantipereira) on

Focus on your object!

We understand that it is difficult to focus with so many runners running the race but there is a solution to that. Try having your picture taken up close! Not only does it help to focus on you as it allows the other runners appear relatively smaller but also creates a unique photo that stands out from many race photos out there that often has its runners look tiny.

Share this article with your family and friends! They are your best bet when it comes to capturing a great race photo of yourself .


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