AH Under One Roof

Some photographers usually those with a large operation prefer to do everything in-house, from taking the photograph and displaying the work online to handling orders and delivering the prints. One example is the Australian-based company Sporting Images (www.sportingimages.com.au) whose small team of photographers mainly former newspaper photojournalists covers a wide variety of sports action and also offers a team photography service. All images are shot with digital equipment and displayed...

Cards Readers Image Storage and Viewers

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Choosing The Right Equipment

Anticipation and split-second timing are essential in making shots like this. American slalom racer Ted Ligety, competes in the 2005 World Cup finals in Switzerland. Canon ID Mark 11, ISO 125, 300mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, 1 1300 at f5. Brian Robb Anticipation and split-second timing are essential in making shots like this. American slalom racer Ted Ligety, competes in the 2005 World Cup finals in Switzerland. Canon ID Mark 11, ISO 125, 300mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, 1 1300 at f5....

Confrontation

Many sports are about confrontation and in-your-face aggression. Shots of competitors involved in Emotions can run high at MLB games. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny wasn't too happy at being tossed out of a game. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, ISO 1600, 1 800 at f4. Ben Chen Emotions can run high at MLB games. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny wasn't too happy at being tossed out of a game. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, ISO 1600, 1 800 at...

Covering Costs

The occasional hobbyist should have relatively little outlay on equipment, and the expense of film and prints will be minimal so recouping costs probably will not be an issue. On the other hand, During the 2004 North American RAID adventure race championship, a long rappel down a steep cliff next to a waterfall was part of the course. Illustrated is the scope of the rappel next to the thundering waterfall. Canon 20D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens, ISO 100, 1 250 at f8. Bob Woodward During the 2004 North...

Empathy and Simpatico

A key ingredient in any successful photographic pursuit is knowledge and understanding of the subject, and competent sports shooters have it. However, much more is required to rise above the pack. Intangible qualities such as empathy, simpatico, an understanding of the intense pressures come into play. It is clear that Iooss has great respect for his subjects the famous and not so famous alike a trait that makes him welcome on the grand stages of sport and also at the down-to-earth playing...

Exposure And Lighting

Planning, precision, and the vision of an artist in harnessing the interplay of light, shadow, and speed contribute to this exciting image of an athlete powering through a shaft of light with a fellow competitor just behind, still in shadow. Canon 1D, ISO 200, 800mm f5.6 lens, manual exposure, 1 1000 at f5.6. Duane Hart Planning, precision, and the vision of an artist in harnessing the interplay of light, shadow, and speed contribute to this exciting image of an athlete powering through a shaft...

Exposure Get it Right at the Start

Correct exposure makes life as a photographer so much easier. Digital images or scanned film photographs can be adjusted to some extent in a computer to compensate for less-than-perfect exposure, but that does not match correct exposure. Some photographers will argue that there is no such thing as a correct exposure and that it's subjective. That's fair comment, but for most purposes a well-exposed image with a range of tones all the way from black to white is the ideal foundation for whatever...

Flash

Use of flash is prohibited at many indoor facilities, and the range of most flash units is usually limited. The throw of light can be increased if the flash has a special Fresnel lens unit attached, an accessory popular with nature photographers, especially for bird photography, but that might not be permitted for your sports subject. However, it is handy for the times when flash is permitted ask an official or coach first and you can get close enough to the action. Also, there will be times...

Games Over Keep Shooting

The final whistle or match winning point might mean the contest is over for the athletes but not for photographers. When the game ends, the jubilation and dejection images players or fans celebrating a win or looking downcast after a loss are likely to appear. Look for those great reactionary shots from players, coaches, benches, or fans, and if you can get in close, use a wide-angle lens to capture the post-game excitement. It takes a cool head to maintain focus when mayhem erupts all around...

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson thrives in one of the toughest arenas of professional photography as a full-time stock photographer with an emphasis on water sports and lifestyle. A native of Hawaii, Mark developed at an early age a love of the ocean environment. It came as no surprise to family and friends when he combined his passion for surfing and photography into something more than a hobby. His determination to bring back meaningful images of the ocean environment was exemplified when, as a young teenager,...

Minimalism is a Good Idea

By its nature, photography demands some essential equipment, but unless you are a professional covering a World Series or an NFL game the chances are you won't need a huge arsenal of gear or the specialized equipment that pros rely on. p- Bob Woodward of Bend, Oregon, an experienced photojournalist especially shooting sports in the o great outdoors advocates minimalism. Travel light you don't need the entire o kitchen sink of lenses, filters, and other accessories E if you know how to work...

OnSite Coverage and Service

Sporting events often hire on-site photographers to shoot teams and have prints ready by the end of the day. In the days when film reigned supreme, the photographers would make arrangements with a lab for quick turnaround. The pick-up and delivery procedures were additional logistics to consider. Today, high-quality portable printers using digital technology have streamlined this process so the printing can be done on-site. (See Following your Dream Diane Kulpinski in this chapter.) Grit and...

Photographers Sites

Duane Hart, www.sportingimages.com.au www.duanehart.net Bruce Kluckhohn, www.brucekluckhohn.com www.brucekphoto.com Diane Kulpinski, www.dianekulpinski.com Ron Pownall, www.westonsportspix.com Brian Robb, www.brianrobbphoto.com Steve Trerotola, www.personalbestphotoart.com Bob Woodward, www.woodychromes.com

Points to Ponder

Analyze your needs before investing in camera systems, either digital or film. Digital photography offers huge advantages, but there are also downsides to consider. Film equipment, although being rapidly overhauled by digital products, does have its benefits and you might be able to acquire or upgrade economically. If going digital, be prepared to invest time and money into the acquisition and learning process, especially if you use powerful and complex software such as Photoshop. The choice...

S The Right Camera for

The best camera for sports photography is the i single-lens reflex, SLR, whether film or digital. Today's professional sports photographers at almost every level use digital equipment. The nature of their work, the deadlines they must meet and the speed with which digital images can be transmitted from an event into publication make digital photography a natural for pro sports photographers. Film SLRs, however, could still be worth considering by amateur photographers for a variety of reasons,...

Selfassignments And Special Projects

Water boils and erupts as swimmers surge forward at the start of a triathlon. Tight cropping strengthens the image. Nikon D1X, ISO 200, 80-200mm f2.8 lens, 1 1000 at f6.3. Peter Skinner Water boils and erupts as swimmers surge forward at the start of a triathlon. Tight cropping strengthens the image. Nikon D1X, ISO 200, 80-200mm f2.8 lens, 1 1000 at f6.3. Peter Skinner Once you've mastered the basic techniques of sports photography, put your skills to the test. A good way to do that is with a...

Shooting a Sport for the First Time

If you are shooting a sport for the first time and are not conversant with its finer points, ask for help from an authoritative person someone who's fanatical about a game will only be too glad to help you. In that situation, it's not likely you'll be covering pro sports, but if you have a child involved in a sport you've never played and want to photograph him or her in action, ask someone about what to look for. Similarly, if you see an unfamiliar game being played in a park and would like to...

Shooting Different Sports

Let's take a look at photographing different sports. Obviously, there are far too many to include every game ever played. Just keep in mind that the technique and equipment used to photograph a particular sport can be applied to others and at all levels professional sports or Little Leagues. The best advice in all of this is go and shoot learn by actually doing it. Baseball The first base side is a favored angle for shooting baseball as the third baseman, shortstop, and second baseman all face...

Shooting for the Gold

Photographer-aficionados of the Olympic Games will know that the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles really put Fujifilm on the map in the United States. And Walter Iooss played a major role in that achievement. His Shooting for the Gold assignment, a two-and-a-half year project, was itself of Olympic proportions. When Iooss got the initial call from Fuji, and attended the subsequent meeting with the company's personnel and agency, he thought he was being asked to shoot for an ad, not...

Slow Shutter Speeds and Panning the Action

An excellent way to accentuate speed and motion is to use slow shutter speeds that result in some blurring of the subject. Another way to give the feeling of speed is to pan the camera as the athlete goes by. The background will be blurred, making the subject stand out and emphasizing the feeling of speed while adding impact to the photograph. Also, the blurring of detail in many panning shots makes them timeless that is unless you can spot a detail such as a piece of equipment, perhaps a snow...

Steve Trerotola

Steve Trerotola represents the third of four generations of professional photographers in his family going back to the turn of the last century. He has been shooting sports for over forty years, covering a wide range of events with extensive experience in Formula One auto racing, the Olympic Games, and professional football, as well as thousands of college, high school, and youth sporting events. In addition to sports photography, Steve is an experienced professional laboratory executive,...

Street Games and Stickball

But and amateur photographers must take heart at this as exciting and as challenging as is photographing the greatest competing at the greatest events, Walter Iooss gets as much, if not more, satisfaction from shooting sports at its most basic level in the street, on the beach, or in dimly lit gyms where kids and unknowns are the stars. He gets charged at seeing kids living out their dreams in such down-to-earth pursuits as street stickball matches or beach volleyball and his Stickball action...

The Backyard Field of Dreams

Dramatic lighting and a front-on pose combine to create an intriguing portrait of this Thai kickboxer. Walter Iooss Dramatic lighting and a front-on pose combine to create an intriguing portrait of this Thai kickboxer. Walter Iooss career, that Iooss enthuses about this particular image provides insight into the make-up of a great photographer. And it also should encourage aspiring sports shooters without access to the Tiger Woods, Michael Jordans, Cal Ripkens, or Joe Montanas of the world to...

The Peak of Actiona

Sports provide a multitude of great subject matter U but perhaps most typical are the peak-of-action r shots made at just that right instant the decisive moment when all the elements of a phase or play g come together. Often this happens when the subject h or a ball is between the rise and fall of a movement and can be caught with a slower shutter speed. For example, a basketball player momentarily suspended n before slam-dunking the ball may be moving slowly i enough to be photographed at 1...

Tripods and Monopods

Don't ruin your pictures with camera shake buy a tripod or a monopod. The latter is often more convenient when shooting sports. Some photographers can hand hold shorter lenses at very slow shutter speeds but not without practice and intense concentration. Image stabilization lenses that have built-in motors and electronics to minimize vibration do make hand holding a more viable option. Generally, when it comes to longer lenses, a support is essential. If you're going to be stationed at one...

What to Look for When Buying an SLR System

The manufacturer should be well-established and offer a wide range of accessories from lenses to electronic flash units and even more sophisticated accessories if your ambitions go beyond basic shooting. The good news is that all the major companies make excellent equipment. Keeping the elements out of your equipment is a challenge and, generally speaking, the seals of the more expensive cameras are better than consumer models.You can take steps to protect your gear, and we will talk about that...

Knowing the Sport

Ask any sports photographer what he considers the main prerequisites to be an accomplished shooter know the sport will be near the top of the list.Your chances of success are increased when you are familiar with such things as being in the right spot, being able to anticipate the action, and knowing the rules and nuances that enable you to create those definitive images. If you have played a sport, regardless at what level, you have a decided advantage because you know the objectives of the...

Collection of Action Images

The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is certainly appropriate for the images that are featured in this section. We have, however, included technical and other information wherever possible in the hope that the combination of words and pictures will help you in your own photographic endeavors. Good shooting Athletes racing towards the camera can be photographed at a slower shutter speed than if they were going by the photographer but using a fast shutter speed always helps stop the...

Diane Kulpinski

Photographing youth sports is Diane Kulpinski's business, and if ever there were a role model for the adage about following your dream, she is it. A graduate in photojournalism from Syracuse University, Diane's entry into the industry was with the Bulletin, in Bend, Oregon. Many years as a newspaper photographer gave her a thorough grounding in numerous areas of photography from general news events to portraiture, arts, and sport. After more than a decade of newspaper work, Diane yearned to do...

Peter Skinner

Australian writer and photographer Peter Skinner grew up in Papua New Guinea and began his career as a sports journalist with newspapers and magazines in Australia and New Zealand. Branching into public relations and corporate communications, he combined his literary and photographic skills to produce illustrated feature stories on a variety of subjects for editorial and corporate clients. These ranged from sports and travel stories to personality profiles, real estate, property development,...

Capturing the Atmosphere Within a Stadium

A stadium is certainly an ideal venue to photograph a variety of subjects without even having to move from your seat. The great thing about a packed stadium is the excitement it creates with crowds, color, noise, and a general air of expectation and anticipation.Your goal should be to capture not only that excitement but also some of the less The gymnast's feet are barely showing (no pun intended) and yet we know what's happening. The judges' expressions suggest it's been a long day. Train your...

Brian Robb

Brian Robb is among the most accomplished photographers on the professional ski circuit and since 1982 has been covering World Cup skiing events in North America, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His dynamic images grace the pages of numerous international magazines and are regularly used in advertising and other commercial purposes for a variety of corporate clients. A full-time freelance photographer since 1983, he started his photography career in 1976. The following year, Brian joined forces with...

Contacting the Right People

The following are possible starting points to get access to sports teams or clubs. Okay, guys. Go get 'em. Encouraged by coaches, young baseball players head for the field. Including coaches in images emphasizes the team aspect of sports. Canon EOS 3, ISO 400 Fujicolor, 100-400mm f4.5 5.6 lens, maximum aperture. Diane Kulpinski Okay, guys. Go get 'em. Encouraged by coaches, young baseball players head for the field. Including coaches in images emphasizes the team aspect of sports. Canon EOS 3,...

Customizing White Balance

Your camera's manual will explain how to determine or customize white balance. It simply involves photographing a gray or white card or some object of similar tones making sure it fills the frame, under the lighting conditions you'll be shooting in. This is the usual method of customizing white balance for a specific situation. Also popular with many professionals is the ExpoDisc that provides a perfect white balance when used with digital cameras. It presents an image to the camera's optical...

Measuring Light Intensity

Light meters, either handheld or built into the camera, are your best ally in determining correct exposure. Modern in-camera metering systems are sophisticated and sensitive, and can be relied on most of the time but not always. Regardless of how accurate they are, in-camera light meters can be fooled for one reason. They are calibrated to measure light as if it is being reflected from scenes with an average reflectance known as 18 percent or middle gray or middle tones, about halfway between...

Duane Hart

Duane Hart, one of Australia's finest sports photographers, specializes in athletics (track and field), a line of work he transitioned into from his own athletic endeavors as a 400-meter runner. Over about ten years, Duane competed both in his native New Zealand and later for the Croyden and Belgrave clubs in the UK. At that time, 1990-1991, while in the UK, photographing track was a hobby, something Duane did to pass the time while recovering from sports injuries. He soon discovered he had a...

Ben Chen

That Los Angeles-based photographer Ben Chen excels at his profession comes as no surprise, given that he was as passionate as a competitor, especially in football, volleyball, and basketball, as he is today as a sports shooter. What might seem unusual, however, is that his favorite subject to photograph is not sport, but the beauty of dance However, Ben's comprehensive portfolio of superb eye-catching sports photographs, the result of about ten years as a full-time sports shooter, is testimony...

Walter looss

Long acclaimed by his peers as a genius with a camera, Walter Iooss is recognized as one of the greatest practitioners of sports photography of all time. Since age seventeen, when he photographed his first assignment for Sports Illustrated, Walter has produced images that are as iconic as the famous subjects themselves. During a career spanning more than four decades, he has covered five Summer Olympic Games, innumerable other major sporting events, photographed the greatest athletes of his...

The Emotion Of Sport

Guess who won Breck students celebrate winning the 2004 Minnesota high-school hockey championship in St. Paul. Jubilation shots tell the story. Canon 1D, ISO 250, 35-350mm f3.5 5.6 lens at 135mm, 1 500 at f5.6, electronic flash. Bruce Kluckhohn Guess who won Breck students celebrate winning the 2004 Minnesota high-school hockey championship in St. Paul. Jubilation shots tell the story. Canon 1D, ISO 250, 35-350mm f3.5 5.6 lens at 135mm, 1 500 at f5.6, electronic flash. Bruce Kluckhohn Few...

Derek Bacchus Photography

Sports Photography Outdoors

One of the truly magnificent slices of track and field history is captured in this classic example of a definitive image. Duane Hart knew that U.S. 200-meter and 400-meter champion Michael Johnson invariably threw his arms wide when crossing the line. Hart also knew that Johnson had an excellent chance of setting a world record in the 200-meter final of the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. He hoped and planned to capture that defining moment on one dramatic frame. To do so, he staked out his spot...

InCamera Metering Systems p

Many modern cameras calculate exposure by taking in not only the brightness but also color and contrast r values and subject distance.Your camera manual will provide details on the systems and how to make full use of them.You might see these systems o referred to as matrix, multi-zone evaluative, partial, center-weighted, or spot. Most cameras g will allow you to select things such as aperture h priority you nominate the aperture, the camera i selects the shutter speed shutter priority you A...

Introduction

Dejected Soccer Players

Experienced sports photographers are always ready for the jubilation images like this of the Chicago White Sox going wild after winning the 2005 American League Championship Series. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender, ISO 1600, 1 1000 at f4. Ben Chen Experienced sports photographers are always ready for the jubilation images like this of the Chicago White Sox going wild after winning the 2005 American League Championship Series. Canon 1D MKII, 400mm f2.8 lens with 1.4X extender,...