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Podcast: Episode 24 – Remote Control

Podcast: Episode 24 – “Remote Control”

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News

Matt gets back to shooting basketball. Ryu gushes about shooting at Old Trafford and makes a vow to get better at shooting basketball.

Master Class
Mark Rebilas joins us again and we take an extensive look at remotes, including what can go wrong. Check out Mark’s photoblog and follow him on Twitter.

Training Ground
In case you missed the news, we’ve moved Training Ground to 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 BLFSTG201302.

You Win
Our January 2013 themed competition was “Show Us What You Learned From BLFS in 2012.”

The winner was Bashar Alshabi with this unique long jump picture:

Adrian College Track Meet

Second place was a football picture you almost never see by Kenneth Armstrong, and third place was David Kivlichan with a tricky track & field panning picture.

The February 2013 themed competition is “Indoor Sports”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules and to enter.

Don’t forget to vote in The Golden Bib competition to help us choose the best BLFS picture of 2012.

Not Quite Angry Matt
After hearing from a few young photographers that a certain well-known baseball-only photographer has blown off their questions, Matt details his own run-in with him, and challenges professionals everywhere to help, not hide from, young photographers.

This is a transcript of a special comment that ran in Episode 24.

We do this podcast to share the knowledge we’ve gained. Lots of people helped me get better as a sports photographer, and I feel a certain responsibility to do the same for people who are serious and put in the effort.

Over the last couple of months I’ve heard from a few of our listeners, independently, who have emailed an experienced baseball-only photographer with questions only to be blown off fairly rudely. Had this story not matched with my own experience, I probably wouldn’t have noticed, but this is actually exactly my experience with this guy.

Rewind about 5 years, I was preparing to shoot my first SF Giants game. My mentor, a photo editor and ex SI & newspaper photographer was running down all of the things to keep in mind, and then said “If you run into Brad Mangin, introduce yourself and tell him I’m helping you out and ask him about the specific rules at AT&T park.” Well, as fate would have it, I found myself in the third base well sitting next to Brad Mangin, so I introduced myself between innings. Mentioned my mentor and asked him what the deal was with getting from the third base well to the first base well. And the answer was…a five minute monologue on why I shouldn’t be allowed to shoot (He didn’t like the company I used to shoot for or spec shooting in general) and some jabs at my mentor and the company he used to work for. Never did get even the beginnings of an answer to my question. Welcome to the big leagues, meat.

I haven’t had any dealings with Mangin since. I don’t shoot much baseball, and he only shoots baseball, I think because he can sit in a chair the whole time. But I’ve heard about him trying to get another photographer kicked out of The Coliseum for drinking out of the dugout water fountain, and other questionable moves.

We have a lot of mutual friends, so I’ve mostly kept my mouth shut about all of this. But I don’t like seeing young photographers that we’re trying to help here being shit on. You have a professional responsibility to make sure that the craft of sports photography is passed down. When you play the social media game, yes, Brad Mangin, who longs for the days of film when far fewer people could shoot, is all over Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. But social media is a 2 way street. You can’t constantly pump your work out and then be rude or ignore to the people who consume it. At least not without getting called out for it.

Our goal here is to teach people how to think about and shoot sports pictures differently. No one is going to listen to our podcast and read our posts and be able to go out and shoot soccer exactly like Ryu or rodeo exactly like I do. Our vision, skills and experience will always differentiate us. If you’re a professional like Brad Mangin who thinks that you’re holding off the competition by blowing them off, I have 2 things to say to you:

1. You’re probably not as good as you think you are
and
2. There will always be someone coming up behind you, whether you’re willing to help them or not. So don’t be rude.

So, Brad, in the interest of equal time, if you think I have this all wrong, please come on our show and we’ll interview you.

Special thanks to…
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*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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Podcast: Episode 15 – “I Try to Win Everyday”

Podcast: Episode 15 – “I Try to Win Everyday”

In Episode 14 we talk with Ray McManus about shooting sports in Ireland and his second place finish in the 2012 World Press Photo contest, look at low angles in the monthly competition, and discuss shooting from different angles. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month
Ryu shot a great first half and a boring second half as Arsenal ran out of gas vs AC Milan in the Champions League. Matt spent the month shooting rodeo including two of his favorites, the Red Bluff Round-Up and the Clovis Rodeo.

We introduce… Ray McManus

Irish sports photographer and 2012 World Press Photo runner up Ray McManus stops by to talk about his philosophy, shooting the Gaelic Games, and the Special Olympics.

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about the necessity of shooting from different angles. Again.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our April 2012 themed competition was “Low Angle

The winner is Ivan Dupont from Belgium with this very low angle behind-the-scenes diving picture:

The April themed competition is “High/Low Key”, continuing a trilogy of things we want to see everyone working on. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules and to enter.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Angry Matt

Angry Matt is most definitely still angry, but is biting his lip to avoid possible damage to his career.

We end the podcast with a very special song that was written about Matt by George Olson & Jim Leisy and performed by Jim Leisy.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

*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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Podcast: Episode 14 – The Mechanics of Sports Photography

Podcast: Episode 14 – The Mechanics of Sports Photography

In Episode 14 we talk with Jason O. Watson about Photo Mechanic and CodeReplacements.com, look at more emotions (or not) in the monthly competition, and discuss how to prepare when you’re shooting something new. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month
Ryu shot a great first half and a boring second half as Arsenal ran out of gas vs AC Milan in the Champions League. Matt was happy to get back to shooting soccer aka futbol.

We introduce… Jason O. Watson

Sports photographer and creator of CodeReplacements.com stops by to talk about

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about doing everything you can to prepare for shooting something new or something you haven’t shot in a while.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our March 2012 themed competition was “More Emotion

The winner is Kenneth Armstrong from Canada with this emotional picture:

Second place is Ipanema’s own Marcelo Schindler by Phranco Photo.

Third place is MMA – Recife/PE by R.C Dália Maia.

The April themed competition is “Low Angle”, starting a trilogy of things we want to see everyone working on. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules and to get a head start on the next two competitions.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Angry Matt
In our new segment, Matt is angry at…coming in second place. Wouldn’t you be angry if you made this picture…

…and it lost to this dogshit picture in a respected contest? I think so.

*We here at BLFS strive to get out our podcast on time, but sometimes sh*t happens. With our producer Dave’s technical difficulties, combined with Ryu’s move to Berlin, and Matt once again raging his machine against the authorities, this podcast has been delayed massively. We sincerely apologise for our mishaps and we hang our head in collective shame. Please continue to love us.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

*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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Podcast: Episode 13 – Pretty Splash

Podcast: Episode 13 –

In Episode 13 Ryu talks to Getty Images photographer Adam Pretty, we look at silhouettes in the monthly competition, announce the Big Winner of all of the 2011 You Win contests, and discuss the importance of timing. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month
Ryu had mixed feelings about shooting UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2012 London. Matt had mixed feelings about shooting the SAP Open tennis tournament.

We introduce… Adam Pretty

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about timing.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our February 2012 themed competition was “Silhouette

The winner is Jamie O’Sullivan from Ireland with this diving picture:

Second place is empty this month.

Third place is Shadowball by Zagorath.

The March themed competition is “More Emotion”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

The Big Winner of all of the 2011 You Win winners is Troféu Brasil de Atletismo by Miguel Schincariol

Troféu Brasil de Atletismo

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Angry Matt
In our new segment, Matt is angry at YOU.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker


Podcast: Episode 12 – Michael Jordan Stepped on My Leg

Podcast: Episode 12 – Michael Jordan Stepped on My Leg

In Episode 12 we talk to Sports Illustrated contributor Jed Jacobsohn, look at faces in the monthly competition, and discuss what to do when it all goes south. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu puts sports photography on hold to return to Japan to shoot portraits of earthquake/tsunami survivors. Matt didn’t have any worst shoots, and his best shoot was a bull riding pracitce in the middle of nowhere.

We introduce… Jed Jacobsohn

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about damage control.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our January 2012 themed competition was “Face(s)

The winner is Danny Zelck from Belgium with this cycling picture:

Second place is Jack Campbell Peek by Kenneth Armstrong

Third place is a tie between Fear by Chris Bunda and Chokehold by Tomel

The February themed competition is “Silhouette”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Angry Matt
In our new segment, Matt talks about history’s greatest injustice, aka being denied a PRCA photographer card.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker


Podcast: Episode 11 – Good Morning Grant…and Jordan

Podcast: Episode 11 – Good Morning Grant…and Jordan

In Episode 11 we talk snow sports with two of the best, look at parts in the monthly competition, and discuss shooting etiquette and manners. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu shot figure skating and enjoyed the change, while he didn’t enjoy shooting Croatia vs Turkey due to boring play and cold weather. Matt went to Vegas to shoot the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo where he banged his head for ten days trying to find decent shooting positions.

We introduce… Grant Gunderson

…& Jordan Manley

Ryu and Matt interview snow sports photographers Grant Gunderson & Jordan Manley about shooting, travelling, and the weather.

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about how conduct yourself at your first major sporting event.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our November 2011 themed competition was “Parts

The winner is Bashar Alshabi from Michigan with this baseball picture:

Second place is Serving Shade by Bernard Menettrier de Jollin

Third place is Me on the forest of Luosto by Jaakko Posti

The December themed competition is “Face(s)”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Angry Matt
In our new segment, Matt shares a story that demonstrates the fact that he will leave no bridge un-burned.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

*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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Podcast: Episode 10 – You Never Get Used to It

Podcast: Episode 10 – You Never Get Used to It

In Episode 10 we look at some frozen action in the monthly competition, and discuss how to use light creatively. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu shot Olympique Marseille vs PSG and missed all of the goals, but it was still his best shoot. His worst shoot was Arsenal vs Olympique Marseille. Matt’s best shoot was shooting champion bareback rider Bobby Mote getting on some practice horses in advance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and his worst shoot was Oregon-Stanford football where the sidelines resembled the stands.

We introduce… Mark Rebilas

Ryu and Matt interview motorsport photographer Mark Rebilas about drag racing, NASCAR and more.

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about how to use natural light creatively.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our November 2011 themed competition was “Freeze

The winner is Callum McKain from Scotland with this long jump picture:

Second place is Johann Muller by Paddy-K

Third place is Hudson post 180 vs Blissfield post 325 by Bashar Alshabi

The December themed competition is “Parts”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker


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