It has been such a long time since I have done a blog post. So I am finally getting around to doing it.
I have been incredibly busy over the past couple months working all over the country. I have started working for a sports photography agency called Media Image Ltd. So I have been doing a lot of sports photography work for them, covering football and rugby. I have spent the past couple months battling with kit, conditions and the fast pace of football and rugby as well as the pace of the workflow. You have to be so fast to get your images out, because if the photographer next to you beats you and he has the same shot, even if it is rubbish it will get used because he got there first! So I have had to learn exactly how to refine my workflow and make everything as fast as possible. I will do a blog post in the near future on my entire workflow, and include all of the tips and things I have learnt to shave a couple of seconds off here and there to get the images out as fast as you can. I have learnt an incredible amount and have been lucky enough to have my work published nearly every week in the Non-League Paper, The Football League Paper and The Rugby Paper.
I have also been fortunate enough to be able to get a new lens… a Nikon 400mm f2.8. At this point I have only had the chance to use it for one match last Saturday but I can already see a huge improvement in the image results. As one guy who I work with said “it is a game changer” and it really is. The image quality is incredible and when coupled with a Nikon D4 the auto focus speed is incredibly fast, all of which works massively in your favour to get the best sports photos you can get. Not to mention I can now get shots from the other end of the pitch whereas when I was only using my 70-200mm f2.8 I was really struggling if the game went away from me because I was having to crop in huge amounts, which lost a lot of the image quality and made a lot of the images nearly unusable.
I am excited to be able to say that I will be photographing my first Premier League game on Sunday – Everton v Newcastle. I can’t wait to do this shoot and hopefully I will get some good shots published, I will have the toughest competition I have had all season at this game, working against guys from Getty and AP who will be on the top of their game with a huge amount of experience and kit behind them. However this does not mean I can’t get work published, it is all about speed and getting the right images out as fast as you can.
Below is a small Flickr gallery of images from Saturday’s match. Ilkeston v Grantham Town. It was my first draw of the season with the game ending 1-1 thanks to a late penalty which Grantham were able to capitalise on. It was the first game using the new 400mm f2.8 and both the images that were used by The Non-League Paper were shot with the 400.