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Torch Relay Photography Tips

Torch Relay Photography Tips - Why not photograph the Olympic torch as it comes through your area?

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Sports and Action

Words By Emma Kay.

The Olympics are on their way, and the torch is currently touring most of the country. This gives you the fantastic opportunity to get out there and photograph it as it makes its way through your area.

To help you out, here are some tips on capturing the Olympic Torch relay.

olympic torch relay
Photo courtesy of LOCOG. London 2012.


Generally a lens with a longer reach will be better, especially if you are going for a high vantage point shot or will be far away from the torch bearer in the crowd.


The torch is covering most of the country – it is not only visiting most of our cities but also passing through villages and countryside too. For a less crowded, more scenic photo, why not take a look at the route of the torch and pick a destination where there won't be as many people to contend with?

On the other hand, though, crowds can add to the image by giving a sense of spirit and togetherness, especially for a once-in-a-lifetime event such as the games in this country. Your focus, though, should always be the torch bearer, as they are the main subject you came out to capture.

Cityscapes and views down streets from height also work well for this. Try to get something that represents your area in the shot – even if it's just a signpost. Signature buildings and statues help to represent your area clearly to other viewers.


More than likely the torch will be moving quite quickly past you – at jogging speed or higher. For sharp images, use a high shutter speed and consider the sports or kids and pets settings if you have a compact – both of these are ideal for capturing sharp images of moving objects. Continuous shooting will also increase your chances of capturing a good shot of the torch bearer as you pan to follow their path.  To give the impression of movement / speed, you can try adding a little bit of blur with a slower shutter speed.

To find out where the torch is and when it will be in your area, take a look at the Olympic Torch Relay website.

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