TIPS FOR BEING PHOTOGRAPHED IN COMPETITION
First off, congratulations! You have decided to enter a Crossfit competition! Not something for the faint of heart but its time to put all that training to the test.
If the event hired a professional photographer to cover the competition here are a few tips to make sure you look your best in the photos:
People with long hair, try and tame those locks! You’re going to get sweaty, very sweaty and your hair is going to go wild! Do what you can to pull it back or tame it. Use pins or bands, whatever so you don’t look like a wildebeest in the final photos (unless that’s your style then by all means…).
Don’t smile, You’re on Camera
Personally, I prefer candid shots and like images better when people don’t look directly at the camera in the middle of their workout. Most people are suffering through their workouts and don’t even notice when a photographer has moved in, but if you do, try and pretend we’re not there. Unless it’s a group shot that calls for eye contact.
All colours photograph well, however in my experience, blue, red and orange really pop.
Focus on your workouts and the photographer will capture your grit and highlight how awesome you look. Your number one priority should be having fun and performing well and keeping yourself and your neighbours safe when you find yourself dropping barbells. Don’t worry about the photographer, chances are they have been in that spot hundreds of times and will anticipate when the weight will drop and make sure to be out of there.
Now What ?
The workouts are over, and the podium is complete … you wait. Most photographers will publish some preview images within a couple days of the event and then send all the edited images to the event organizer that hired them within a week or so.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Do’s: Like and tag yourself and your friends and share on your social media sites. Give credit and thanks to the event and photo credit to the photographer (because if it weren’t for them you wouldn’t have so many cool images to share!) If the photographer offers prints and enlargements, go on ahead and get your shop on, when else have you looked so jacked?!
Don’ts: Don’t crop the photos and cut off the watermarks, (Instagram usually crops the image but you can pinch it to shrink it back to original size). The photographer had something in mind when they sized it like they did, don’t be a hero and re-crop it the way you think it should look. Bank on their experience and the photo you re-post will have its full intended creative meaning, and therefore make you look great.
Also, don’t add your own filter to the image. Again, this comes back to the photographer having a vision and this is usually in line with the events. Please don’t alter the images the event shares with you, hours have already been spent editing the images to look just right.
But what about that time … You remember the photographer taking a photo of you and you don’t see it in the final album… Sometimes it didn’t turn out, maybe your eyes were closed or your hair was covering your face or a bunch of other reasons. Don’t be that guy/girl that asks if there are any more images of you. The photographer has hundreds of images to sort through and does their best to ensure everyone gets in the photos. They only send the best back to the event organizer and on occasion someone does get missed…. sorry! We’ll get you next time!
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Keep on being amazing people. You all inspire me each and every event. Don’t be a stranger at the next comp, come say hi.
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