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Joe LoBianco

Breaking the MMA Lens: Pixel-perfect pictures

What makes a good photo?

In short: The composition, lighting, subject, and photographer.

There are so many factors that play into a good, exciting picture. MMA really lends itself to photography. We have action, drama and characters. We’re always looking for a nicer photo, even on our phones. With this tip you can improve any shot, and not just your MMA pictures. It will work with any camera or phone, and make the shot more interesting.

It’s easy to do.

Like most things, you just have to remember to do it. Easier said than done when trying to get the shot quick.

It’s called the ‘Rule of Thirds’.

Don’t be scared off by the math-sounding name. It’s easy! I’ve also heard it called ‘The 30 percent rule’.

You know when you’re taking a picture and the camera or phone screen has a grid on it and you’re saying to yourself, “Where did that come from? What do I need that for?” Then you shut it off for a clear screen. Instagram has the grid available when you’re taking a picture, but you always shut it off, right? The grid looks like a tic-tac-toe board. Two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. Note that all the areas are fairly equal in size.

Rule of Thirds Grid

If this was placed over your photograph, you’d want the focal point of the picture, like a face, to be near where the lines intersect. You’d also want any straight lines, like a horizon or the MMA cage floor, to be near one of the lines. This way, the floor or horizon doesn’t just cut the photo in half. We want unevenness in the photo, not evenness. When things are too even, it looks stiff and boring.

In the example below you can see the grid overlying the photo. The point of interest is the fighter’s face. That’s where you want the viewer to look first and then move around the picture. The lines intersect there. The vertical line then goes down his arm. Imagine if the fighters face was in the center. It wouldn’t have the same impact.

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You don’t need a grid on the camera or phone. If you don’t have one, just imagine it’s there. Once you do it a couple of times it will just be natural.

Here is another example. This one is without the grid. Imagine the lines and you’ll see exactly where they should be. Again, imagine if the fighters face was in the center. It wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. And.. I wouldn’t have caught the other fighter celebrating on the left.

Fight 1H_No Grid

The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is a guide. You don’t have to put things exactly on the lines or points of intersection. That would make every photo look the same. Sometimes things have to go in or near the center.

You’ll see some pretty involved explanations of the ‘Rule of Thirds’ but this is the basics of it. Pretty easy, right? They have been using this technique in paintings for hundreds of years. We’re just moving it over to cameras and technology. In the end, this is just an easy way of keeping things out of the center and getting the shot to be a little more interesting. So for now, leave the grid on in Instagram.



Mike Swain

MMA Crossfire – 4-time Olympian and Judo World Champion Mike Swain shares his Halloween story

Many Crossfire readers will be trick-or-treating tonight in one form or another.

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MMA Crossfire – TUF 20: Ep. 7 preview: US women’s soccer team members pay a visit

Episode 7 of Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter will have a distinctive kick to it.

Two members of the US women’s national soccer team, Sydney Leroux and  Megan Rapinoe pay a visit to the TUF 20 octagon, to meet with Team Pettis and Team Melendez, who are behind 0-6 in the series.

Episode 7 is being called Risk It All, and will air Wednesday November 5th at 10pm ET on FOX Sports One in the US, and Sportsnet 360 in Canada.

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The first UFC women’s strawweight champion in the company’s history will be crowned at the conclusion of the series.

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Bottom Row (L to R): Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Alex Chambers, Angela Hill
Top Row (L to R): Randa Markos, Justine Kish, Tecia Torres, Aisling Daly, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Megan Rapinoe (USWNT), Sydney Leroux (USWNT), Emily Kagan, Heather Jo Clark, Lisa Ellis. Courtesy Zuffa LLC.

“We go through a lot of the same things being a female professional athlete,” said Leroux.  “We talked about that and we touched on that.  One of the girls has a kid and we have girls who have children on our team as well and we talked about that.  There’s just a really big connection between female sports.”

Team Melendez will rely #7 Rose Namajunas (2-1-0) against Team Pettis #10 Alex Chambers (4-1-0).

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MMA Crossfire readers keeping score will remember the US women’s soccer team recently qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which takes place in Canada from June 6th to July 5th.

They are the 2014 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) champions.







Bottom Row (L to R): Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Alex Chambers, Angela Hill

Top Row (L to R): Randa Markos, Justine Kish, Tecia Torres, Aisling Daly, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Megan Rapinoe (USWNT), Sydney Leroux (USWNT), Emily Kagan, Heather Jo Clark, Lisa Ellis


Benson Henderson

MMA Crossfire – Benson Henderson and Eddie Alvarez to collide at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston

In addition to the Conor McGregor – Dennis Siver main event, lightweights #5 Benson Henderson (21-4-0) and #10 Eddie Alvarez (25-4-0)  will join them as the co-main event.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch Anderson Silva talk about his UFC 183 return vs Nick Diaz

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva declared his return to mixed martial arts to some fanfare with an interview in his native home of Brazil.

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MMA Crossfire – Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua are the coaches for TUF 4 Brazil

The UFC and Brazilian TV network Globo announced today Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (22-9-0) will be coaches on Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

The series will be filmed in Las Vegas in early 2015 and will stream on UFC FightPass.

Silva and Rua are two of Brazil’s greatest fighters, with Silva defending the UFC middleweight strap a record ten times and Rua winning the light-heavyweight strap from fellow countrymen Lyoto Machida in 2010.

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One important distinction in this series is that the two will not fight each other at the end.

Approximately 600 lightweight and bantamweight fighters tried out for the TUF 4 tryouts October 27th.

“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.

“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”

The show will be under the creative direction of the Brazilian TV producer Boninho, with the location being Las Vegas.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” Boninho said. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC,” Silva added. “I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time,” Rua said. “To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!”