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Running Photography Tips with Peakography’s Colin Perkins

We are all taking photos for social media, to show our friends or just to remember the runs you have been out on right?

But how do you capture that perfect shot?

with the launch of Accelerates #RunSolo photo competition we thought what better time to get a professional to show us how its done.

Here to give you an insight and some of his top tips is Accelerates very own community member, Coach, Runner and professional Photographer Colin Perkins, read on as he shares how to capture those amazing views and stunning scenery you see out on your runs. 

Colin Perkins

So how is it done?

Accelerates very own community member, Coach, Runner and professional Photographer Colin Perkins shares some of his top insights on how to capture those amazing veiws and stunning scenery you see on your runs. 

Peakoghraphy Photo tips

I’m quite often asked what is the best camera and my reply is “The one you have on you.” And, thanks to ever-progressing technology, that usually means a camera phone. It’s the one that’s usually in my running pack whenever I’m out in the Peak District or bobbing around Sheffield’s many hills. Here are my 5 top tips on how you can get the most out of it and other cameras when photographing runners:

1)      Height.

Change it. Generally, people shoot from head height, it’s where your eyes are after all, but between phone screens and flip out screens on cameras it’s never been easier to get the camera lens down low or up high to get a different perspective that can really make your images pop. This counts doubly so if your capturing kids or animals!

2)      Background. Background and framing

Whether out in the Peak District or in a city centre think about how you’re placing your athlete in the environment. Are you showing where they’re going or where they’ve been? Are they moving into frame or out of it? Is the horizon line cutting through their head or is it solidly above or below? Getting down low so you can get the horizon through the hips usually works well as this lets your subject dominate the frame.

3)      Framing.

Whilst positioning your subject in the centre of the frame draws your attention to them it can lead to less interesting images. Try and think about your frame in thirds like a stretched noughts and crosses grid placing your subject on the lines and intersections.

Leading Lines

4)      Leading Lines

Having something in the frame that leads the eye to your main subject can really make an image sing. Footpaths, railings and rivers can work great for this.

5)      Editing.

99.9% of the images we see every day have been edited. Your phone does a lot of tweaking completely on its own. Whilst we all endeavour to get the image as good as possible at the moment if you do find yourself wanting to tweak things after the fact remember the old adage: Less is more

If your interested in Colins services head over to his website linked below for more information and what he has to offer.

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