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Taking The Best Photo

Use Your Own Phone Or Camera To Take The Photo

Got a big brand phone you brought in the last 2 or 3 years? You are good to go! The cameras on them are pretty awesome these days.
Make sure you select the highest quality image possible. Or you can use a DLSR camera.

EMAIL THE PHOTO
When sending photos you may need to, especially with iphones, download the image off your phone to your laptop/PC and then email the original photo.

The better quality image you provide to us the better your poster will be.

Essential Tips

1.Take Photo Before The Game 

Players and uniforms are fresh

2.Shadows Are Your Enemy!

Take the photo with the sun behind you 
Or Better Yet
 Put the team/subject in a nice shaded area

3. Keep Background As Clear As Possible

No mesh fences , No goal nets

4.Take the photo from the front square on

(not to the left or right on an angle)


5. Take 5 to 10 Photos

Someone will blink, look away, laugh or look funny.
By taking 5 to 10 photos you should
have 1 photo were everyone looks good


Take Photo Before The Game

Players and uniforms are fresh before the game, no red faces or dirty jerseys. This is the best time to take a photo in our opinion.

Daylight – Please take the picture outside in normal daylight.

If It Is Overcast,
There Are No Shadows and You Are Good To Go

Is The Sun Out?
Make Sure The Sun Is BEHIND you
  

Take the photo with the sun behind you. If the sun is behind you, the person/people in your photo will be illuminated from the front, ensuring that your subject is evenly and well lit. and there are no shadows across people.

Is The Sun Out?
For No Risk Of Shadows
Find A Nice Shaded Area

To be 100% safe find a tree to go under if the sun is out. Rather than having people squinting in bright sunlight. A nice evenly shaded area will work fine. You are aiming to have even lighting across the whole team. Hats under bright sun will cast a shadow over faces

Bad Light 
The sun is to the right of the person taking the photo and
half the team is in the shadows.

Good Light
 Everyone in the team
is well lit with no shadows.

 Keep Background As Clear As Possible  

No Mesh Fences, No Goal Nets

Remember the background will be "cut out" so it doesn't  matter. What matters is a nice high resolution clear shot with good light of the individual or team.

Posing For The Photo 

You are no longer bound by the traditional and boring line ups. Now you can get creative and have some fun at the same time!

Some Inspiration For You

For Large Squads 

for 20 plus players this staggered line up will work well. (You don't have to all have arms folded)

Relaxed Line Up
single straight line, team in different poses

The V

The Reverse V

 

Here is a great short video on posing and photo angles to get a great photo of your team to make the best team poster possible.

We Highly Recommend You Watch This Video!

 

Types of Photos

1 Portrait photos - As it sounds get your subject or subjects to pose for you. Get creative! You are no longer limited to a standard team line up photo of 2 or 3 rows. Stand in a V, stand with arms linked. Get individuals to stand in a variety of positions as a group. The options are limitless.

2 Action Shots (for personal posters) - Take lots of photos during a game. These photos are often the best posters we make. Subjects are natural and have their game face on! They can be tricky to get without the right camera equipment, but don't worry you can always stage a shot instead.

3 Staged Shots (for personal posters) - Finding it hard to get the perfect in game action shot? Create a staged shot instead. Set your camera phone or camera to burst shot (it takes lots of photos at once). Get your subject to run past you, swing the bat, kick the ball or whatever action your sport requires. Another option is to get the subject to hold an action pose. Either way have some fun and we are sure you can get a great shot that will make a great poster.

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