In this article Neil “Rupiado” Shearer, one of the Capoeira Vibe Team and the photographer behind The Capoeira Vibe App, gives us all some advice about how to take fantastic pictures of our beautiful game and shows us some of his favourite photographs.
My love of photography started around the same time as I first discovered Capoeira, purely coincidentally though, and the two hobbies have mirrored each other pretty much the whole way! My first roll of film (it’s what came before digital for the youngsters) was hastily shot and turned out pretty badly… My first Capoeira roda I got knocked out!
Over the 10 years I’ve been practicing Capoeira, I’ve had the privilege to train with some amazing students and teachers, capable of performing some fantastic moves with precision timing, but for a long time I would come back from a batizado weekend and look through the several hundred shots I’d excitedly taken to find that most (if not all) of them just did not do justice to what I had seen and had in my head. I began to realize that taking good photos of Capoeira was not just a case of pointing the camera in the right direction and hitting the shutter… it required a combination of skills, much like Capoeira itself. So here are some of my top tips for shooting a good Capoeira roda photo.
1) Know your camera! Mastering the use of ISO, essentially the speed of your film in pre-digital days, will make a big difference to your photos. Increasing the ISO will allow you to shoot at faster shutter speeds making your photos sharper, but beware! Any increase in ISO will lead to noise in your shots, most modern digital SLRs can safely go up to 800 with little problem, some can go up to 12,600, but I wouldn’t advise it unless you’re shooting in the dark! I usually start shooting at ISO 400, knowing that if needed my camera can be pushed up to ISO 1600 if it is really bad light.
2) Watch the game. When you’ve been training for a while you will have a much better understanding of when something big is about to happen and then you can be ready for it. Read More…