Last night, I attended the Action Photography Workshop at R.O.X. (Recreational Outdoor eXchange), Bonifacio High Street.
It was a free 2-part workshop with professional photographer Benjamin M. Chan of Blacksheep Photography. The topic was Action photography 101 and was co presented by Canon. I’ve been wanting to learn this as I’ve been unsuccessful with my action shots. I know I’ve been doing something wrong and would want to get tips from a professional action photographer. So this was a good opportunity.
I arrived 30 minutes after it started because of traffic. I missed the introduction and I felt that it was the most important part of the lecture as the speaker defined what action photography is. Anyhow, I was still able to catch lots of tips from Ben Chan. I feel though that this workshop was more suited for advanced photographers or at least someone who already took basic photography.
Here are some of the things I learned from the event:
3 types of Action Shots:
- Static Shot – camera in a static position, subject moving towards the camera.
- Panning Shot – camera in a static position but panning along subject’s perpendicular direction.
- Tracking Shot – camera moves alongside subject’s direction.
- Conceptualize – get inspired by reading, watching, imagining, daydreaming
- Visualize – make doodles, sketches, snapshots
- Organize – call, meet & plan
The secret to good pictures are lightings. Ben showed us the difference between using just 1 light, 2 lights & 3 lights. Now I know, I need to buy a flash for my Canon G10.
Ben also showed us his recent photo shoot for a magazine, Bull Runner. Pretty cool pictures! We loved it! I took pictures of the slides so you’d get an idea what I’m talking about.
Once again, I would like to thank Canon, R.O.X. & Blacksheep photography for this opportunity. Too bad, I won’t be able to join tomorrow’s workshop as I have a seminar to attend this weekend. I don’t think I’ll be able to join the contest as well. I had work today and tomorrow I have a whole-day seminar to attend. So assignment fail for me huhuhuhuhuhu :'(
Blacksheep Photography Team
More pictures here.