Week 5 22 Attending.
Andrew‘s presentation took us into the world of sports photography, by explaining how he started and built up his career, how he researches the sport before going to a shoot, his hints and tips on getting good shots, available equipment to use and improve images, and all of this was accompanied by amazing images of the hundreds of sporting events he had photographed.
Andrew began his career ten years ago, using his Nikon D90. He attended many of the 2012 Olympic warmup events many which were held in and around London. He was lucky to get a press pass and spent a lot of time at the cycling velodrome getting some great shots of Team GB and Chris Hoy.
He entered a Nikon competition,12 days of Christmas with a Kayaking image and won the judges choice which was chosen by one of his photographic heroes Bob Martin.
Andrew began to concentrate on accessible sports, such as Netball, British Open-Air Gun Championships, and Cycling until he was covering over one hundred different sports. Today he also covers more extreme sports such as Boxing -Chess, Lacrosse, Roller- Derby and the Touch Guy competition.
Andrew’s experience enabled him to offer very useful tips on getting that graphic image, such as pay great attention to backgrounds, take time to think where your best shot will be ,take many images to get the right one, don’t be afraid to crop in to make the image more dynamic, and use all the technology that is available to us including phones.
Andrew regularly researches the internet and social media for what he called inspiration and possibility. As well as viewing an array of wonderful images the knowledge which Andrew shared for photographing sport could be applied to other photography. The following are his tips for getting good images.
Notes on overall shooting action:
Know your equipment and software.
Know your sport /subject
Watch your backgrounds
Towards not away
Change angles high and low
Shoot tight and crop tighter
Avoid flash (could dazzle the sport person)
Focus on focus (Back button)
Increase shutter speed/ISO/burst rate.
Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more.
A big thank you to Andrew for an entertaining evening, with great photography ideas and spectacular images to view.
Next week: Tuesday October 13th —Club Challenge 1
Theme Old and Open