Sport photo review: all about balance, movement and weight

By Samuel Ogunlaja

Getting Started by Andy Collins

Initial Thoughts

This photo has...

  • Perfect exposure

  • Rhythmic movement of the yellow team

  • A balanced camera position and angle

When a photo is properly exposed, as it is here, it creates interest. The photographer did a good job balancing the exposure; so well that every single color comes out looking realistic.

Another thing that makes this photo interesting is the camera position and balance. The photographer positioned him or herself very close to the centre of the two teams and the camera is balanced (not tilted forward or backwards) to create a fantastic triangle (see below) between the spectators and the two teams which greatly improves the composition of the photo.

The rhythmic movement of the yellow team as they advance towards the other team calls the viewers attention too, this introduces a strong story into the photo, one that complements the photographers title - “Getting Started”.

However, despite the above points, there are a few things the photographer could have done better. Let us go through them one by one.

Visual Weight

This is a principle in photography that suggests that a photographer should... Read more

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