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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.

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

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

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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Jade Macalla
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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Zahrah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm not really sure it will be poster or the title they will be using for the promotion. It's funny cause the one on IMBD is the one that won 3rd. It was the other one I did (using your stock) that won grand prize. 
Seadre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your Stock Images are fantastic! :D :heart:
jademacalla Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thanks very much!
Azifri Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool images, as usual hee~
Haven't used one "as is" (so I can't tag you to one single image) but you've helped me improve my drawing :)
jademacalla Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Sebastien-Ecosse Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Very inspiring, great gallery!
jademacalla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Hampire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I made this based in one of your poses. Please watch the final here.…
Hampire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I made this inspired in one of your poses. Please watch the final here.…
Yohao88 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey thanks for the fav!!! :D (and for your pics!! ;) )
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