Photographing sports or car races always bears a certain amount of risk (both for the sportsmen and the photographers). Yesterday, photographers at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang had a close encounter with Swiss skier Lara Gut, who crashed into them.
Yesterday was a really horrible day for me. But before I tell you all the story, I should preface this by saying that even though yesterday was brutal, I know that I am at the Olympics and lucky to be here.
OK, I got that out the way, so here it goes.
I always look forward to seeing new SmugMug Films. They always feature such fascinating photographers with amazing work. This time around, it’s mountain sports and lifestyle photographer Blake Jorgenson. Often found waist deep in snow waiting for the right combination of light and action to capture the perfect shot. The Cold Open sees Blake talk about his work and passion for photography and adventure.
The desire to switch brands has never really been there for me. That’s not to say that I believe the brand I shoot is particularly the best, just that there doesn’t seem to be much point. The gear I use gives me what I need, and all the brands seem to leapfrog each other every year or two anyway. But there are an awful lot of people switching over to Sony right now.
The latest to join the list is photojournalist David Burnett, who’s been shooting Canon for 40 years. He recently posted a video to his Vimeo account talking about why he decided to make the transition over to Sony. And for what he shoots, it makes a lot of sense.
Last night, the College Football Playoff National Championship was played between Alabama and Georgia. After the game-winning touchdown, both the crowd and the players were ecstatic. In the overall madness, one photographer also got a little carried away… and he got knocked down by an ecstatic football player
With sports in-stadium income on the decline, stadiums are trying to figure out new revenue streams. But this is a photography blog, so there is a photography angle (no pun intended) involved.
Canon is developing a new “camera system” that will enable viewers to “fly” in the stadium and view the game via any vantage point that they choose.
The usual advice is to keep the camera as steady as possible when we attempt to make a photograph. But sometimes adding movement can create great and interesting effects. One such technique for that is to pan with your subject. Whether you shoot action photography or not, learning to pan with your subject is a valuable skill to learn. It can make your shots feel very dynamic and exciting.
This video from YouTuber Josh Katz offers an introduction to panning photography in plain English. It’s aimed at those just starting to try panning photography for the first time. He even includes some suggestions for shooting them with your iPhone. But the video also includes some great tips to help troubleshoot your shots if you’ve already given it a try.
When it comes to chimping, it seems that photographers are divided into two groups: those who cry against it, and those who can’t get rid of this bad habit. It’s especially bad if you photograph sports, events, concert and other fast-changing environments and events. If you look at your screen after every few photos, David Bergman gives you three main reasons why you should quit it as soon as possible.
This video recently surfaced on Reddit, after it was discovered by user TheKnightLife. It was featured in the 80s on ABC in the show “World of Photography”. As it turned out, the profile was on TheKnightLife’s father, sports photographer Bill Knight. Bill says in the video that he’d been on the tour for about 13 years, which his son believes puts the video at sometime around 1985.
Bill retired in the early 2000s after never fully recovering from a double knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis. He passed away in August, 2015, but this video serves as a good memory of how dedicated he was to his photography. And the passion he obviously had for it.
After being dissatisfied with their team soccer photos, a good friend of mine asked if I could take some action shots of her two daughters playing the sport. I wanted to create an “out of the box” image that really showed their skills and passion for soccer. I consulted with another very good friend of mine, who happens to be a photographer and has kids that are heavily involved in the soccer world. Together, we collaborated to bring these shots to life.
I am a
huge fan of the “golden hour” right before sunset, although it really limits the amount of time you have (you have to be on your toes and ready to shoot). Choosing to shoot at this time of day was critical to the final outcome of the shots. To counterbalance the sunlight, I chose to use a combination of three Elinchrom Quadra 400s and flash.