Sports photography relies on quick thinking and quicker reflexes. Learn what it takes to seize the moment and snap incredible images of extreme sports.
“Don’t forget to protect your equipment from dirt, dust, and water.”
Image by Artur Didyk. Gear: Canon 5D Mark II camera, Canon EF 17-40/4 L USM lens. Settings:Focal length 17mm; exposure 1/1250 sec; f7.1; ISO 400.
What’s the story behind this photo?
One of my latest shoots was downhill cycling, and it was spectacular! I had to lie very close to the point where the athlete—my friend Nikita Slipchenko, a super-professional World Championship medalist—was due to pass. There was a lot of dust, and it was a little bit scary, but I think we made it work. I’m truly inspired by people who have succeeded through persistence—people who, after falling, always have the courage to stand up and try again.
Image by Artur Didyk.
Sports photography - spirited, emotional and incredibly energetic
Arthur, tell us about your work that you love so much. What makes you experience strong feelings?
People through my camera make me experience such strong feelings. After all, each of them has achieved significant success in a particular sport – he or she became a champion or a master of sports, and such a title is not easily obtained. Working with such people is my distinct pleasure! The sense of an incomparable energy and wild emotions prevail when you’re nearby them.
There are plenty of people who can take reportage shots, but not every photographer can boast about taking shots that are the combination of artistic and sports photography. After all, there are many factors that you should take into account: color, composition, perspective, dynamics, and the most important one – the appropriate angle. This is a very time-consuming process, the result of which is achieved only with the good teamwork of an athlete and a photographer. But the result is worth this effort and is definitely priceless!
Which are the three photoshoots that have been the most incredible in terms of emotions and drive?
Each photoshoot is special,though. But I would probably mark out motocross, horse riding and freestyle motocross. These sports really affect you and stir up your emotions. My task is to convey these emotions through the photo as much as possible.
What is the most difficult in the process of taking photos?
Understanding is. After all, athletes are accustomed to working out the movements correctly, but there aren’t always suitable conditions for capturing a particular sport. Therefore, some tricks need to be imitated and this could be difficult for people of that kind.
What were the most extreme working conditions in your career?
Perhaps they were the weather conditions in Kiev during kite surfing and tennis photoshoot. As luck would have it, this day turned out to be the coldest, as it was -20 degrees centigrade. It was quite the extreme!
What do you think is the key to success for a photographer?
First of all, you should love what you do. Personally, photography is not just a job, but, first and foremost a hobby.
Well, constant development definitely plays a big role. For example, I am always in search of new solutions regards to post-production. And such an approach is the key to success in any profession.
Are there any sports disciplines that you haven’t captured yet, but would like to or athletes with whom you dream to work?
I wouldn’t mark out any particular athlete. Working with each of them is a pleasure. As for the disciplines, I would really like to shoot sailing and aerial freestyle Red Bull, as they are a spectacular sight.
Arthur, are you good at sports?
I am only amateur, I just go to the gym. But my wife is the master of sports in rhythmic gymnastics, and that makes me very proud 🙂