With so many races providing photography services or even free pictures, the art of taking great race photos is one to be explored. Now, race photos aren’t for everyone: some runners look amazing on the course no matter what they do, while others just don’t care about any of it, but for me, I love good pics. Today, I’m sharing tips for how to get the most out of those race day photographs!
Pin Your Bib On The Front Of Your Shirt
Your bib is primarily to track you during your race, but also to identify you in race pictures. In order to make the most of those photos (especially in big events with professional photographers), pin that bib on to the front of your shirt so it can be clearly seen.
Wear Bright Colors or Black
Colors are so important to great photos. Bright colors really show up in the images, while dark colors and black look great on everyone. I also love that sweat doesn’t show up as much on black as it does other hues. You’ll stick out from the other runners in more crowded shots in either of these combos, or you’ll pop on your own.
Consider Matching The Theme Or Colors Of The Race
Fun outfits can be really great in race and post race pictures. You can choose gear to match the colors of the race, or you can go all the way and wear a costume or themed fit. This is one of my favorite outfit selections: I went with a St. Patrick’s themed tank in honor of the March race, and the color looked awesome against the blue of the Main Street Bridge, and later, the green of the Hart Bridge.
Pick Up Your Knees
If you spot the photographer, remember to pick up your knees. It may feel a little silly, but it will get you moving faster, and it also looks amazing in the capture. When you lift those knees, it makes you look leaner, longer, and stronger, and that really comes through in the end result.
Take Advantage Of Your Venue
Before and after your race, use the scenery to your advantage. Maybe you’re just at a normal road race, with little visual interest, but maybe there s more going on. Use the beach or a water view, or a cool landmark to set up your victory or medal shots. It will bring some really cool perpective to your shot, as well as create unique memories.
Put on Your Best Smile
No matter what else is going on, a big smile makes every photo incredible! If and when you see the course photography, put on your best grin and let that be the focus of the snap!
What are your tips for great race photos?
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Smiling is a big one! My husband often takes running photos and the one thing I always need to work on is smile, ha!
I agree with Catrina–smiling is key! I always wave at the photographer if I spot them too, lol. I have been known to do something goofy as well, lol
Darlene S Cardillo says
Your tips are perfect.
No matter how I feel, when I see a photographer, I smiles and make sure my form is perfect and I am actually running.
I do goofy things too like waving, thumbs up, victory sign, etc.
Of course, I don’t always see the photographer. LOL
These are great tips- I especially like the one to pick up your knees. I’ll try to remember that. I’ve had some terrible race photos! Of course, that’s usually when I didn’t see the photographer.
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
My race photos are always hit or miss. Usually I just try to smile and that helps. But if I am caught off guard they can turn out pretty horrible!
I “Kneed” to do the knee tip. I generally know they will be weird so will then stick my tongue out. Usually flashing peace signs if I’m happy.
Smiling is important. Though sometimes my smile looks more like a grimace depending on where we are in the race. 🙂 I also try to separate myself from other runners if I see a photographer ahead. I want my photo to be all about me! lol