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GENERAL THOUGHTS
Broadly defined, Action Stock is any photo-reference in which the subject is doing SOMETHING. That 'something' does not need to be extreme or particularly kinetic, it just has to show the effects of various forces on the bodies (or other objects) in the image. Perusing an artifact, sitting on someone's knee, even enjoying the aroma of a cup of coffee are great examples of actions that, when explored as stock images, can be of great value to artists.

Bridger Mehmood (9) by anyman82 ~ Lovers 8 by kirilee ~ Hot Cuppa Sitting Preview by Null-Entity

Of course, there is nothing wrong with extreme, kinetic, over-the-top actions, either...

Weapons Wench 40 by kirilee ~ A Gentleman's Last Act Dive 13 by Null-Entity ~ Finish Him - Pose Reference for Drawing by SenshiStock ~ Street Fighter 11 by syccas-stock

It's worth stating the obvious: if you are interested in exploring the more "kinetic" end of the action spectrum, know your limits. Don't work beyond your skill level and observe all necessary safety precautions; no shot is worth getting hurt over.



BODIES IN MOTION
Consider the visible effects of forces on objects when designing the shot. Clothing, hair, and body position/tension are the things that most clearly show gravity and motion.

WUC13 - 3 by jademacalla ~ The Stick 2 by DaeStock ~ Sci-fi Geisha 45 by kirilee ~ Otherworld Remix 9 by lindowyn-stock

Sometimes you may have to hack gravity a little but...

Melted Wings 6 by PirateLotus-Stock ~ Traveller 11 by dazzle-stock



AN ADDED DIMENSION
As with any photo-reference image, action shots can benefit from the addition of interesting/unexpected angles and foreshortening.

Operator Soldier Stock - 53 by Nemesis-19 ~ Pose Reference stock 1 - Falling by charligal-stock ~ RTA_Preview by jademacalla ~ Staff Perspective - Pose Reference by SenshiStock

Likewise, subject orientation gives the artists who use action shots more options...

Apoc-Survivor (33) by anyman82 ~ Treasure Hunter-50 by Nemesis-19 ~ F2_AA_03 - Preview by jademacalla ~ Alanna41 by faestock



LIGHT
The subjects of gear and technique are too broad for this forum, but it's probably worth mentioning that you should understand your gear well enough to get the result you want. If you want to freeze your subject in mid-flight you need enough light to allow for the appropriately fast shutter speed; generally this means the use of either strobes or daylight.

REQ13_mr_boom3 by jademacalla ~ Jump 21 by DaeStock ~ Chandar 4 by b-e-c-k-y-stock ~ MAT_05 by jademacalla




If you've never played around with action-oriented stock images I hope you'll give it a try; the main thing is to have fun and be careful.  The sky's the limit.

hawaii exclusives 6 by magikstock ~ Forest Queen 22 by kirilee ~ Ascend And Reach - Eye Level 03 by Null-Entity ~  Southron Archer 4 by lindowyn-stock

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jademacalla
Jade Macalla
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United States
Current Residence: USA
Favourite genre of music: Anything but country and/or western
Favourite style of art: Well, I suppose it\'s all of them.
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Skin of choice: Mine; whole and intact
Personal Quote: No, it's Jade. Jay. Ay. Dee. Ee.
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LeahcimSnow Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
YES! Now, I'm gonna draw dudes shootin' stuff!
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jademacalla Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Haha. :salute:
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gph-artist Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on my Daredevil piece.

And kudos on all your brilliant stock.
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alan1828 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Used your stock here , alan1828.deviantart.com/art/TA… , thanks for sharing it  :)
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Altair-E Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the fav, I'm really glad that you like this work! Wink fella (Smileys) by Ehsan-m

Stories of a hero by Altair-E
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're coool, Jade! Love your stock, man! La la la la La la la la Hug :happybounce: 
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
:salute:
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:brofist: big bro 2 
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SammyJackles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Kawaii Wink) [V6] thanks for the +fav 
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SilvieT-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your stock is really awesome! Bravo! :clap:

(original and funny poses to take... and obviously useful ;) )
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