Blogging is serious business these days and a lot of bloggers go the route of getting professional photoshoots a few times a year. That gives them nice high quality images for their blog and social media but not all bloggers can afford professional photography and not all bloggers actually enjoy being in a photoshoot type of situation.
Also, professional running photos all kind of look the same. Nice, clean, super high resolution but still sort of the same…
Now if you are a food blogger, it’s so much easier to take your own photos than if you are a fitness blogger. Food doesn’t move and you can pretty much get amazing shots with just your iPhone. Fitnessy people want action shots though and my iPhone definitely cannot handle those. There is the timer option but geebuz, who’s managed to actually get a decent shot of movement this way?
I run alone so I’ve had to figure out a way to get some action shots once in a while and I thought I’d share my method.
You need: a GoPro (it’s not too late to write to Santa yet), yourself and either your phone + a photo editing app OR your computer + image editing software.
- Set up the GoPro in video mode
- Run, jump, stretch, etc. while it’s filming you
- Download video into your phone or computer
- Slowly scroll through the video and take screenshots of the best moments
- Edit photos with an image editing app (I use Snapseed) or software (I use Adobe Photoshop Elements). I normally just crop and amp up the colours a bit.
Things to keep in mind when taking the GoPro videos:
1. Pay attention to where the sun is shining from
The general rule is to have the sun behind the camera but I like to experiment and I find that sometimes ignoring all the rules still gives good results.
In Australia I get decent shots even when the sun is beaming straight into the camera.
And here in London, sometimes sun-in-the-camera gives a nice silhouette type of photo
2. Find an interesting background
I live in London but not in the city centre so I don’t run past the Big Ben or have other cool backdrops available for my running pics. Usually nature & interesting walls or fences or architecture will do though.
Next time you’re out running, look around and I think you’ll be surprised at how many spots you notice that would be a good backdrop for a photo.
3. Experiment with angles
Sometimes you have a bench or a fence to put the camera more or less at waist height but sometimes you don’t and that’s when you can play with angles and these are actually my favourite kinds of photos.
4. Accept that 50% of the time you won’t get a nice clear screenshot
On some days the light is all wrong or you can’t get a good angle and your photos end up like this:
You will have MANY days like this and they used to frustrate me but I now think that a photo like this is still more authentic than what I would get out of a professional photoshoot.
So just keep experimenting and exploring your neighbourhood and let me know what you discover ;)
Do you take photos of yourself running? What are your tried and tested tips and tricks?