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Sports and Action Photography - GREAT Shooting Opportunity

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Want a GREAT opportunity to practice your sports/action photography skills? We will be photographing the University of Cincinnati women's rugby game against Ball State. This is a club-level college game, which offers us the perfect opportunity to practice our skills. The game is free to attend, the girls are in college so we don't have to worry about photographing children. Personally I have never photographed a rugby game, so this should be fun!

Jim Reizner will be there to assist you with your camera settings and answer any questions you might have. This is the perfect follow-on for those who attended our Sports Photography Seminar on October 5. Others are welcome also but please read over all the material we presented at the Sports Photography Seminar as we don't want to have to remind people of basic things like staying at least three feet off the field lines, not talking to the refs, not cheering either team, not walking in front of the team benches, not turning your back on the play, not walking in front of other photographers, etc.

All the handouts from the Sports Photography Seminar can be found and downloaded from here.

It would be a good idea to bring your camera manual, and if its raining bring your rain gear and at least a plastic trash bag to protect your camera and lens.


What: Sports Photography - Shooting Opportunity

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013. Lets get together at 10:30 am so we can chat, scout the field for good shooting locations, and perhaps take pictures of the players warming up. I expect I will get there a lot earlier, so if you get there earlier you should see me there too. The game starts at 11:00 am.

Where: 

Brimelow Fields

6440 Stockton Road

Fairfield, OH 45014

There is a small, weathered blue sign that says "Welcome to Brimelow Fields, Home of the Cincinnati Wolfhounds." If that parking lot is full drive north on Stockton to the parking lot for the golf range and park there.


Lens To Bring

The best lens to bring would be your longest lens, something like a[masked]mm,[masked]mm,[masked]/[masked]mm, 300mm or the like. 

Camera Settings

I will be shooting my Canon camera in aperture priority with my lens at its widest aperture, increasing the ISO if required to insure a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or higher. I watch the image on the LCD screen, the histogram and the 'blinkies' and use Exposure Compensation (EC) if the image is too bright or too dark. 

My camera will have its AF Drive set to Continuous, AF Mode set to AI Servo (Canon) /Continuous Servo AF-C (Nikon), using one focus point. 

I use Auto White Balance and shoot in raw - if you shoot in JPEG that's fine too. 

If you prefer manual exposure over aperture priority that's fine too - your camera settings are a personal choice.

Lens Set-Up

Of course I will have my lens hood on my camera, no filter on the lens, image stabilization turned off (its not needed because of the high shutter speeds).

Preparation

My memory cards will be freshly formatted in the camera, and my camera batteries fullly-charged. 

Shooting

I will generally shoot in portrait mode - especially when shooting one player, but will change to landscape if I want to get multiple players. I will try to get the ball in the frame, and will watch the backgrounds to make sure they are relatively clean (or I will thow them out later).

I will try to get the player's faces in the shot, not the player's backs.

If the players are so far away that they are too small in the image I will either move closer (but then the players often move to the other side - Murphy's Law) or will just wait until the play gets closer to me.

Shooting Location

We will scout out the field for good shooting locations.

Shooting Players Warming Up

We will set-up early and try to take pictures of the players warming up to make sure our equipment is working properly and our camera settings are correct.


Let me know if you have any questions.


Jim


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  • Ron W.

    I posted 85 pictures to my Flickr account and asked Jim to share the URL with the UC women's rugby club. In the first day there were over 4,800 views of those images.

    That would seem to confirm the interest in our efforts. So I would encourage each of you to share your work with an appreciative audience. If you want to check out my posts, here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_wms/sets/72157637063676806/

    October 29, 2013

  • Ron W.

    Cool (so to speak)

    October 26, 2013

  • Kat R.

    Great outing today! Thanks Jim for the opportunity.

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Thanks to Jim for organizing it. Had a blast.!!! ,

    October 26, 2013

  • Ke F.

    Will be there fore sure, charging battery etc now.

    October 25, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    what i'm asking is just incase you have some no shows tomorrow that don't cancel their rsvp becky and I would like to shoot tomorrow

    October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK - but unfortunately there is noway for me to know that until I get to the field and then wait for the people to arrive.

      October 25, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    if there is room of course

    October 25, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    hey jim, think there might be a chance of a no show for tomorrow and becky and could show up at the field and take a chance of two openings

    October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not sure I followed that, Mike.

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to say, I can not make it 'til late due to Dr. appt, so I am giving up my spot. Have fun everyone!!!

    October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for being proactive with this, Nancy!

      October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim, thanks for the information. I agree we will all do much better than the gentlemen in the article. See you Saturday.

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a good article on how to shoot rugby.
    Http://creativesplurges.com/2012/03/09/england-v-wales-womens-rugby/

    October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      6. Watch for the peak action shoots. Way too many of his shots were not this.

      October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you are new to sports photography you might want to take a read through the attachments to our Sports Photography seminar, which can be found here: http://www.meetup.com...­

      October 24, 2013

  • Brian

    I had to downgrade since I am only like 30% sure I can make it now, Bob Fite moved up. But you already knew that would happen :) good luck.

    October 22, 2013

    • Brian

      Sorry, Rob Fite. I can read, I swear.

      October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    When I look on the waiting list, I'm listed first. Does that mean I'm next to get bumped up to the attend list or is just because I'm logged in as me?

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rob: You show up first on my list too, and I believe the way Meetup works is that when the first person drops out you will automatically move up. Then you will automatically get an email notifying you of such. Thanks for the question!

      October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Jim. That is good to know. Hopefully if someone can't make it they will change their RSVP before the morning of the shoot.

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the way, I have limited the attendance to ten so that GCPC appears as a professional organization to the UC team. I don't want those who are not on the 'attending' list to show up, because ten is the largest size group I believe I can manage. I have a good relationship with the UC team that I don't want to put at risk with a larger size group.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For everyone's information, the game has two halves, each 40 minute long, with a 20 minute half-time. So the game will start at 11:00 am, end at 12:40 pm.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also - there is not much there in the way of seating, so if you think you will need to sit bring a lawn chair along.

    October 12, 2013

  • Ron W.

    I'm with Jim on my rugby experience. I googled "rugby rules" and "rugby basics" and found several informative videos. Want to know about scrums, rucks, and tries? It might help us anticipate the action.

    October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Ron!

      October 12, 2013

  • Ke F.

    One more question, Jim. How long does the game last? I know it starts at 11:00 AM.

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't know, I have never been to a rugby game before. I am guessing 2.5 hours plus or minus. You can leave whenever you would like - no problem there.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Monopods are fine, but NO tripods please.

    October 10, 2013

  • Ke F.

    Hi Jim, do you think a 600mm will be too long here? may be a 300mm F2.8 will be better since we could get on the field level?

    October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ke! Yes, we will be shooting from the field level. (There really is no other level there!) I would suggest you bring both of them. I suspect you will find the 300 more useful, but I shot soccer with a SI photographer who used an 800 on a 1.3 crop body Canon camera. He was at the far edge of the end zone and was shooting action on the other end of the field.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jim, for scheduling this! What a great opportunity to practice!

    October 10, 2013

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