How to shoot a Trail Run?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Corbin Lane, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Corbin Lane

    Corbin Lane TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Well this Friday, a friend is going to go on a 5k trail run and he wants me to shoot some photos, What would be the best advise on how to do it? Should I set up on the start line, Should I setup somewhere in the middle of the track? or should I wait at the finish line? Basically what I'm asking what would get me the best photos while he is running?
     
  2. Rogan

    Rogan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    416
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    will you be able to shoot the start, jump in a car then shoot the end?
     
  3. Corbin Lane

    Corbin Lane TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I don't think so. I might be able to though.
     
  4. Rogan

    Rogan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    416
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    well im sure a starting shot or an ending shot is better than a mid run shot

    both is much better though :D
     
  5. Peanuts

    Peanuts TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,905
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I wouldn't at the beginning - you might not even be able to see her. If anything at the end, but if you could get both the middle and end that would be ideal :)
     
  6. macdsean

    macdsean TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Start could be difficult depending on how many people are running it. But I agree, if possible, start and finish pictures would be ideal.

    Oops- Posted this at the exact same time as the one above and it says pretty much the same things, so...what she said. :)
     
  7. Corbin Lane

    Corbin Lane TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Alright everyone, Thanks for the help.
     
  8. nynfortoo

    nynfortoo TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    352
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Chester, UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If you're really fit and your friend isn't, out-run him and stop every so often to get some shots in when he catches up ;)
     
  9. Corbin Lane

    Corbin Lane TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I thought about that but he does 6 min miles and I only do 8 so I'm out of luck there.
     
  10. gpimages

    gpimages TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Oregon
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I shoot Cross Country in the Fall. The key is to get there early and get a map of the course. The start and finish are probably very close together. The course probably loops around to where you could get to several spots along the route. I wear tennis shoes and I am not in terrible shape so I move a lot. Finish line always has some good expressions as the runners are tired and giving it one last effort. If there are any obstacles on the course then those are good spots also. I shot this event last year, what a blast
    http://gpimages.smugmug.com/gallery/3571508_4n28j
     
  11. reg

    reg TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Messages:
    1,487
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Stuck inside of Mobile with the GTFO Blues Again
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    When they see the title, one could be tempted to say "With a camera, of course!"

    Other than that, know the trail and know any shortcuts you can take to get from place to place.
     
  12. RyanMillerPhoto

    RyanMillerPhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2008
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southern California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    May seem obvious but sometimes isn't when you are standing there. Take as many shots as you can when your friend is running up to you. Fill up your card. hehe

    Unless you are a pro with continuous focus and great at panning with the subject, most of the images will end up soft or all out blurry. With a good number of pics, you will end up with several keepers.

    Good Luck!
     

Share This Page