Tag Sports

Behind All the Images

The New York Times’ Jeffrey Furticella gives us a really nice look at how seven photojournalists made an image of the catch everyone’s talking about.

(Thanks to Cody Schmelter for the link.)

The Dangers of Sideline Work

On Saturday, Mike Simons of the Tulsa World had a $10,499 lens destroyed. Today, he apologized for hurting Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard.

Simons is a class act, folks.

Let this be a warning to all shooters on the sidelines – if you watch the video, you’ll see him move out of the way easily. Why? He was on his knees, not sitting but kneeling. Had he been sitting, as I’ve seen way too many shooters do, he would have been flattened along with his glass.

Pay attention.

And to the athletic departments that hand out field passes to well-heeled alumni, knock it off. It’s a safety issue for your players and the journalists there to cover them.

How the AP and Getty Cover the Olympics

Nice piece over at Gizmodo by Mario Aguilar about how the Associated Press and Getty Images are covering the Winter Olympics – everything from the technology to the philosophy is covered.

Browsing the wire, you notice that the AP’s photos also have a grittier, newsier look about them. They tend not to be as closely cropped so that you can see spectators. It’s a look that’s both big picture and unflinching; you’re more likely to see the imperfection of a skier’s form or the strain in figure skater’s face than you are from the polished photos produced by Getty.

It’s really interesting how much the audience for each is dictating how they cover the events.

Shooting in a White Out

I’ve done this and it is … entertaining? Over at Pop Photo, Stan Horaczek interviews Michael Perez about covering the Detroit-Philadelphia game on Sunday.

This made me laugh:

For all of the first quarter and most of the second quarter it was a near whiteout. The AF was getting fooled a lot. I was trying everything. I tried matrix focus, 3D, single point. If you get one little snowflake in front of that focusing point and the focus would go everywhere. There were a ton of white frames, a ton of dark frames, out of focus frames [laughs]. It was really, really frustrating.

You know, there was another option … focus manually.

Now, you kids? GET OFF MY LAWN.

(Thanks to RC McKee for the link.)

The iPhone is Good, But …

not that good.

Looking at the samples, I see:

  • Lack of sharpness
  • Blown highlights
  • Out of control backgrounds
  • Loose compositions
  • Ghosting
  • Oversaturation

So, no. It’s not there. Ten frames per second does not make a sports camera.

(Thanks to Steven Sande at The Unofficial Apple Weblog for the link.)

Reuters Dropping North American Sports Coverage

Reuters has begun letting their contract photographers know they will no longer be covering sports in North America effective September 15 according to an article by Donald Winslow on the National Press Photographers Association’s web site.

Reuters subscribers will then see images from USA Today Sports Images.

Maybe a Filter Would Have Helped …?

But probably not … watch as Thomas Bjorn chips a shot right into an ESPN camera, taking out the front lens element.

Shooting Sports

Over on the National Press Photographers Association’s web site, Jim Colton gives us six tips on shooting sports and then adds tips from more than a dozen working pros. Great resource here.

Covering the Big Game

Nice piece by David Pierce over at The Verge looking at how Peter Read Miller covers big games, like his 38th Super Bowl Sunday night.

There’s a big difference between taking a great picture, and taking a great picture of the game. In sports, the outcome is all that matters, and no matter how pretty a shot you took, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t affect the game.

The Z-Man Covers His Sixth Super Bowl

Fun, short piece on San Francisco 49ers team photographer Michael Zagaris who is in New Orleans to cover the team for his, and their, sixth Super Bowl appearance. Not bad for a guy who convinced a coach to create a job for him years ago.

(Thanks to Rober Bain for the link via the NPPA Facebook group.)