When photographing moving subjects there is always lots to think about – things like:
- Do I want to “freeze” the action?
- Do I want to “motion blur” the background?
- How will I keep it in focus?
Today let’s look at composition and how it affects movement.
In photo #1, I captured our dog Morgan in one of his crazier enthusiastic moments. Notice where he is in the image. The space in front of him is referred to as the “Active” space – giving him somewhere to “move into”. When there is motion your eye instinctively wants to move with it and it likes to have somewhere to go.
In photo #2, I cropped the same image but left less room for Morgan to run into. Notice how there is almost a feeling that he is going to “bump into” the edge of the picture.
So remember – leave some active space for your subject.