Go for Humor
With major athletes, five minutes is a big deal. If you’ve only got five minutes, you’ve got to force an emotional response from your subjects that in turn will translate into an emotional response from your viewer (see Figure 4). Humor is one of the biggest things you’ve got in your bag of tricks—if you can introduce a little humor into your photo, so many things can go to hell in a handbasket, and you still get a great picture. In public, these guys have got their game faces on, so when you capture them laughing, it makes them more human to the reader.