You may recall that big sporting event in the capital this summer, the one with lots of athletes and almost as many professional photographers? So you’re a top professional photographer and need to cover the Olympics? What do you do – call in the favours from the big brands and beg… borrow… ‘acquire’… the biggest range of kit you can think you might need; fisheye lenses, tilt-shift lenses, big telephotos, multiple pro cameras for remote triggering. Yes that will all help of course. But what if the challenge was to cover the Olympics just with a camera phone or two.
Dan Chung – Olympics with a smartphone
I’m fortunate enough to have met with Dan Chung from the Guardian newspaper several times in the past, and I can tell you he’s always been one for pushing technology to it’s limits, wireless transmission, video, it’s all in Dan’s bagful of skills, so shooting the Olympics on an iPhone would be an interesting challenge then.
Take a few minutes to read down the long page of pictures on the Guardian’s website to see how Dan took great pictures of a major sporting event just using an iPhone. Then go look at your camera bag and work out if you really should concentrate on using what you have and getting better, more interesting subjects in front of the lens. Yes Dan was an accredited photographer and so he got the positions in the stadiums, but look at all the results achieved by making use of his abilities as a photographer.
If that inspires you then don’t forget to stop by Dan’s DSLR News shooter website.
Also remember that coming up in this years program we have an evening entitled “Shooting on a shoestring” where several members will be describing some unusual, interesting and inexpensive bits of kit they use for photography.