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Do you shoot?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Matt Stephens, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to get some feedback from other writer's on here about photography and if they have any experience? In today's world, especially with the smaller shops, I know it's pretty common for reporters and editors to shoot when covering a game; however, I don't know if those outlets do any training with their writers of if they just say, "swim!"

    Do you shoot?
    What do you use?
    Care to share a link with some of your photos?

    This is just some stuff I did this morning of the first day of spring football for Rivals using a Canon 50D: Colorado State Spring Football

    I'd just appreciate some feedback on them and see the works y'all do as well. Personally, I haven't really had any training, just picked up a camera and started shooting one day.

    (Class of 2011 RB recruit who was a December grad. "Huge" doesn't begin to describe it)
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  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Only in self defense.
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Some may say you're limiting your marksmanship practice opportunities.
  4. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Yes, I shoot pretty much everything from games to feature sets...of course, we have one staff photographer, who I can bring in for Friday night football and for the occasional feature set. We have company-owned D-70s that go to me (SE) and to our part-time sports writer. Definitely a skill to pick up if you want to be around the biz for long.
  5. Rudy Petross

    Rudy Petross Member

    I got all excited when I saw the subject line I thought it was how to improve your aim with editors.
  6. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Only when I have to, and since they traded the broken "good" office camera for a point-n-shoot with no manual focus, I refuse to shoot sports.

    As far as your pics above, they're all right to begin with, but one thing I learned when shooting and placing photos is this (don't ever forget it): "Real people doing real things."

    Otherwise, shoot the "standing still" shots to have something to fall back on, but begin to challenge yourself. One thing I do/did, in shooting baseball or softball, for instance, is focus the camera on a base and then shoot like hell as a runner is moving to that base. Shooting the pitcher is another easy one, because they don't move from your frame much, so you can manual focus on the mound/circle (Please, DO NOT EVER CALL IT A MOUND IN SOFTBALL).

    Football, volleyball and basketball? I leave those to the pros. Volleyball is doable, just focus the camera on the setter or server and hope for the best.
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  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Huh. My money was on heroin.
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Nope. Never will. I write.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I think he was asking what we do well.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member


    Well then I don't have anything here to contribute. Which, really, if you think about it, is what I do well!
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Upskirts only.
  12. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I like to get the photography out of the way, first.

    That way, it's less of an interruption and the resulting images appear to be more spontaneous.

    Then, a can concentrate on a meaningful interview without the distraction of thinking about what visuals might be needed to accompany the story.

    In other words: I shoot first and ask questions, later.
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