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Podcast: Episode 48 – “Season of disagreements”

Podcast: Episode 48 – “Season of disagreements”

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News

Matt gets his ladder stolen and Ryu watched Mad Max.  One of these is related to sports photography.  Please make an educated guess.

Masterclass 

Planning ahead for a days shoot, when your base (media/press room) is very very very far away.   Matt and Ryu discuss the ways to navigate a NASCAR or golf courses whilst keeping in mind that going back to the media room will be a career death sentence. No child was maimed during the recording of this show.

Training Ground

Training Ground is now on video. If you’d like to participate (and we think you should), enter your pictures in the Flickr thread and make sure to tag them BLFSTG201504.

Training Ground will now be split off from the podcast and will run approximately two weeks after we air the podcast.

You Win

Getting better, but still no winners.  If we were a lottery, the jackpot will be enormous by now.  Find out if your slightly above average photos were worthy of a discussion here

Cross-Counter

Triple crown winner and get a closer look at American Pharaoh or Phraoh or Pharell.

Special thanks to…

Our producer Robb Massar
Icon by Arvin Bautista

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Podcast: Episode 47 – Turning to the blurry dark side

Podcast: Episode 47 – “Turning to the blurry dark side”

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News

Matt suddenly realises that he’s been lazy with trying out new techniques and Ryu takes Snapchat for a lengthy walk.  They both realise that being stagnant and complacent does not make you a good sports photographer.  Unless you want to be that guy.  You know.  That guy.

Masterclass 

High ISO.  You can use a flash, you can use a slower shutter speed, and you can just go home because it’s difficult to see the ball when it’s pitch black inside the gym.

Training Ground

Training Ground is now on video. If you’d like to participate (and we think you should), enter your pictures in the Flickr thread and make sure to tag them BLFSTG201504.

Training Ground will now be split off from the podcast and will run approximately two weeks after we air the podcast.

You Win

Better.  Not as disastrous as the previous month.  But obviously people are not stepping up their game.  Which makes us feel suicidal.  But we have no such tendencies.  Here you can find the sub-par entries.

Cross-Counter

Both Matt and Ryu go cycling.  Ryu finds his photo from this link and Matt from here.

Special thanks to…

Our producer Robb Massar
Icon by Arvin Bautista

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Podcast: Episode 46 – Our producer expects the unexpected

Podcast: Episode 46 – “Our producer expects the unexpected”

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News

Matt wishes all the people who came up with the hockey stadium series should be dead.  Ryu wishes Cuba never existed, even though shooting baseball there was good.  Skill Twins.  No, he didn’t shoot the video.

Master Class

Expect the unexpected. When you arrive at a stadium for your whatever sports shoot, you may have lofty expectations of your day. It’s important that if these expectations are not met, you adjust on the fly. Marty.

Training Ground
Training Ground is now on video. If you’d like to participate (and we think you should), enter your pictures in the Flickr thread and make sure to tag them BLFSTG201503.

Training Ground will now be split off from the podcast and will run approximately two weeks after we air the podcast.

You Win

I think every one of you should listen to this You Win. Just because you need to give us a reason why we should have to put up with your unapologetically sorry-ass entries.  We want stuff like the featured image on this blog post by Uwe Zucci/EPA.  Please.

Cross-Counter

Both Matt and Ryu go skiing.  Powder power.

Special thanks to…

Our producer Robb Massar
Icon by Arvin Bautista

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Training Ground: Mid-February/Mid-March 2014

Here is the Mid-February/Mid-March 2015 Training Ground video.

Please don’t forget that Training Ground will be posted in the middle of the month and it will not come out at the same time as the podcast. Therefore, the next deadline for submission is mid-April.

If you want to participate in Training Ground, please go here: Big Lens Fast Shutter Flickr Group

Enjoy the pain. :)

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Podcast: Episode 45 – More reasons to hate Messi

Podcast: Episode 45 – “More reasons to hate Messi”

Listen and download links here:

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News

Matt talks about shooting high school kids and before you pick up the phone to call the authorities, he was there for his ongoing “Under the Brim” project.  Ryu talks about something he can’t talk about, but now he can.  Skill Twins.  No, he didn’t shoot the video.

Master Class

Effort v Results.  Just because you try hard doesn’t mean your photo is worth something.  Listen to us tell you that your blood and sweat do not guarantee an entry into the BLFS heaven.

Training Ground
Training Ground is now on video. If you’d like to participate (and we think you should), enter your pictures in the Flickr thread and make sure to tag them BLFSTG201502.

Training Ground will now be split off from the podcast, and will run approximately two weeks after the podcast.

You Win

Well well well.  It’s our first ever new format You Win and we had a disagreement on who should be crowned the best of January 2015.  Just because we can, you should listen to find out who won.  Because honestly, we like surprises.

Cross-Counter

Matt goes golf and Ryu goes WTF, Business Insider? (Jelena Jankovic).  And we also don’t understand why World Press Photo 1st place singles award went to this average photo, 2nd place went to this great moment≠not so good photo, and let’s not talk about this catastrophe that is the 3rd place.  As for the story category, this one is sublime and this one is not a story and not good.

Special thanks to…
Our producer Robb Massar
Icon by Arvin Bautista

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Critical Beatdown #4

Our sports photography portfolio review service CRITICAL BEATDOWN is now up and running. This time, Tom Beary is our subject and he has graciously allowed us to share the video.

If you’re interested in your own Critical Beatdown session, get in touch. It’s you’re own personal Training Ground where we will critique up to 15 of your pictures and tell you what’s wrong and what you need to work on. Probably the smartest $100 you can spend if you want to become a better sports photographer.

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Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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Training Ground: Mid-January/Mid-February 2015

Here is the Mid-January/Mid-February 2015 Training Ground video.

Please don’t forget that Training Ground will be posted in the middle of the month and it will not come out at the same time as the podcast. Therefore, the next deadline for submission is mid-November.

If you want to participate in Training Ground, please go here: Big Lens Fast Shutter Flickr Group

Enjoy the pain. :)

*Please Read Below*

Big Lens Fast Shutter is funded solely from the pockets of Ryu Voelkel and Matt Cohen. If you think the information we give you about sports photography is making you a better sports photographer and as a result a well balanced human being, please show us your appreciation by clicking on the “Donate” button and send some of your hard earned dollars/euros/Brixton pounds our way. People who donate will be mentioned on our next show unless you want to remain anonymous. Thank you for supporting us and may the force of sports photography be with you, always.
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