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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.

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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 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.

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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

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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 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.

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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

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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 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

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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 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


Podcast: Episode 9 – Takes a Licking and Carries Your Gear

Podcast: Episode 9 – Takes a Licking and Carries Your Gear

In Episode 9 we ditch the theme in the monthly competition, and crush some dreams in Training Ground. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu claims not to have had any good shoots, and hated shooting Arsenal v Olympique Marseille in the Champions League. Matt was shooting NFL most of the month which was good, but shot NHL hockey for the first time in several months and had a bit of a hard time getting the timing back.

We introduce… Kurt Rogers

Ryu and Matt interview Kurt Rogers of Think Tank Photo, maker of great bags and accessories for photographers. Kurt tells us about his history as a daily news photographer and his transition into making the bags that you’ll see on sidelines and around the waists of professional photographers everywhere.

Master class
Ryu and Matt talk about techniques and things to keep in mind when shooting in low light.

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

You Win
Our October 2011 themed competition was “None Whatsoever

The winner is Vanessa Lim from Singapore with this water polo picture:

Second place is Riku Salo at Nivavaara by Jaakko Posti

Third place is snowcross Xtown, Mirabel 2011 by O_Bilodeau

The November themed competition is “Freeze”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules. Think Tank has donated a bag for us to give away to our November winner, so make sure to head over to Flickr and enter by November 27th.

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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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 8 pt 1- A Question of Ethics

Podcast: Episode 8 – A Question of Ethics

We ran extra long this month, so Episode 8 comes in two parts. In Part 1 we talk about shooting tennis and argue about cropping. In Part 2 (available Monday October 10th) we get dirty in the monthly competition, and dole out some harsh critiques. Listen and download links here:

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu got sand in his 70-200 shooting beach soccer and had to fork over a bunch of Euros to Nikon. Matt lost autofocus on his 400mm, and had to hand over a bigger bunch of dollars to Nikon, but is very happy to be back shooting football.

We introduce… Matthew Stockman

Matt interviews Matthew Stockman, a Getty Images staff photographer. We talk about tennis, amateur sports, changing course in the middle of a shoot, and more.

Master class
Ryu and Matt learn that they are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to cropping and Photoshop:
Matt = Cropping good, Photoshop bad.
Ryu =Cropping bad, Photoshop good.

Part 2 of this month’s podcast with The results of the September themed competition and our Training Ground critiques will be up on Monday Oct 10th. Apologies for the delay.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

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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 7 – Last Minute Substitution

Podcast: Episode 7 – Last Minute Substitution

In episode 7 we talk about shooting surfing, using wide angle lenses to get a different perspective on sports photography, and a lot more. Listen and download links here:
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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu enjoyed shooting the Homeless World Cup and didn’t enjoy having to be at the whim of things he couldn’t control, and Matt had a nightmare music festival weekend shoot, but two great days shooting the Pirates & Giants play baseball.

We introduce… Tim McKenna

Ryu interviews Tim, a sports photographer based in Tahiti.
Tim’s portfolio site
Tim’s fine art e-shop

Master class
While the bulk of sports photography is done with big glass, using wide angle lenses can bring a whole new perspective to your sports photography. Ryu and Matt talk about different situations where you can experiment with wide angles. A gallery of some of Matt’s wide angle sports pictures can been seen here.

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

You Win
Our August 2011 competition was “Airborne”
The winner is Miguel Schincariol from São Paulo, Brazil and his steeplechase picture can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website.
His flickr photostream is here.

Here are the links to the winning photos: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos.

The September themed competition is “Dirt”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

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

GAS of the month
This month, Matt’s GAS is the Ray Flash, a speedlight attachment that produces a portable ringflash look without the expense and weight of an actual ringflash.

Ryu’s GAS is the Aqua Tech Softhood, a lightweight, collapsable replacement lens hood that saves weight and space when traveling, that also has the benefit of being far cheaper than the OEM hoods it replaces.

Special thanks to…
Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
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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 6 – Almost live from Paris

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We’re at episode 6 and we talk about shooting soccer (or football), travel photography for when sports photographers go on holiday, rodeo, baseball, and much much more. Listen and download links here:
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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu shot 3 football matches in Germany and didn’t like golf that much whilst Syd dabbled with travel photography.

We introduce… Matt Cohen
Ryu interviews Matt, a sports photographer from Oakland, California, USA.
Matt’s web site and blog: www.mattcohenphoto.com

Master class
It’s the start of the soccer (or football) season in Europe.  We discuss about how to get images of the goalie as well as the strikers in soccer (or football). Here are couple of Syd’s goalies doing their thing:

You win
June 2011′s  winner was Phil Roeder (website) and his flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tabor-roeder/

Our July 2011 competition theme was “Impact”
The winner is John Davidson from Christchurch, New Zealand and his image can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website.
His flickr photostream is http://www.flickr.com/photos/39337971@N07/

Here are the links to the winning photos: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos.



The August competition is “Airborne”.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

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

GAS of the month
This month, Syd’s GAS is a free piece of software for iPhone4 that allows you to make a GPS track log so you can add the GPS coordinates for each photograph. Some cameras do this automatically and camera phones like the Apple iPhone automatically tag each photo with the GPS. But if you have a camera that doesn’t you can use a GPS with logging software to achieve the same result. While there are hardware devices you can buy, like the Nikon GP1, if you have an iPhone you can use some free software to create the track and depending on what software you use on your computer to manage your photos, add the GPS information to your images. Links to software mentioned in podcast:

  • myTracks for iPhone is a free app that will generate a GPS track
  • Jeffrey’s “GPS-Support” Geoencoding Plugin for Lightroom will allow you to automatically geoencode your images with the GPS track make with myTracks
  • Other Mac software to geoencode images with a GPS track: HoudahGeo, GPS Visualizer is a web site that allows you to see your track on Google maps, Google maps, iPhoto, iPad and Aperture can utilise the information.

Special thanks to…
Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
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Podcast: Episode 5 – Composition with super telephoto lenses

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We’re at episode 5 and we decide to talk about composition with super telephoto lenses, sports photography in Russia, Auto ISO and lots more. Listen and download links here:
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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu shot PSG and got covered in Champagne while Syd shot the Australian Socceroos versus Serbia.
…And how to clean your dirty camera (tip for Ryu on cleaning the Champagne off his camera)

We introduce… Ekaterina Lokteva.
Ryu and Syd interview Ekaterina, a sports photographer from Russia.
Ekaterina’s blog: http://katelokteva.livejournal.com/ /
and flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekaterina_photos/

Master class
We chat about how to compose your photos with a super telephoto lens and look cool while doing so.

You win
Our monthly competition for our readers and listeners and last month’s theme was “liquid”.

The winner is Phil Roeder from Des Moines, Iowa and his image can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website. His flickr photostream is here.


Here are the links to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos.

The July competition is Impact.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Far Post, Near Post
Our readers’ questions of the month and sadly, the very last one. This month, we discuss how to use Auto ISO in sports photography.

GAS of the month

Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
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Podcast: Episode 4 – Workflow

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We’re already at episode 4 and we decide to talk about Workflow, sports photography as a business and lots more. Listen and download links here:
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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu loved shooting José Mourinho and didn’t like Euro league final, whilst Syd had a quiet month and only shot an AFC Champions League match – which he liked.

We introduce… Michael Brown.
Ryu and Syd interview Michael Brown, a sports photographer and owner of a sports photography business from Australia.
Mike’s website: Photoworx
Mentioned in the interview: Homeless World Cup

Master class
We chat about all aspects of Workflow.
- Adobe Bridge and Photoshop
- Adobe Lightroom
- Apple Aperture, iPhoto
- Windows Picasa 3, Live Photo Gallery
- Camera Bits Photomechanic
- iView Media Pro

You win
Our monthly competition for our readers and listeners and last month’s theme was “emotion”.

The winner is Ekaterina Lokteva from Moscow and her image can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website. Her flickr photostream is here.
Here are the links to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos.

The June competition it’s liquid.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Far Post, Near Post
Our readers’ questions of the month. This month, we discuss Raw versus JPEG file formats for sports photography.

GAS of the month

Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
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Podcast: Episode 3 – Flashing it remotely

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We’re suddenly at episode 3 and we decide to talk about remote flash in sports photography. Listen and download links here:
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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu slummed it by shooting judo in Abu Dhabi whilst Syd studied hard at the Jay Maisel Workshop in NYC. Syd’s photos from workshop on Flickr

We introduce…Tom Miles
Ryu and Syd interview Tom Miles, a sports photographer from England.
Tom’s websites are:
http://photosmudger.com/
http://www.tmphoto.co.uk/

Master class
We chat about all aspects of using remote flash in sports photography.

You win
Our monthly competition for our readers and listeners and last month’s theme was “motion blur”.

The winner is Simon Leonard from Australia and his image of net ball can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website. His flickr photostream is here.
Here are the links to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos.

The May competition it’s emotion.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Far Post, Near Post
Our readers’ questions of the month. This month, Syd gives it all comparing onboard flash and flashguns for use in indoor sports as well as  zoom lenses suitable for sports.

GAS of the month

Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
Icon by Arvin Bautista


Podcast: Episode 2 – Demystifying autofocus

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It’s episode 2 and we get it on about that autofocus thing in sports photography.

iTunes
- RSS feed | MP3 (Click to listen or right click to save it to your computer)

News
Our best and worst shoots this past month.
Ryu dealt with the new French national team kit whilst Syd was busy with his Formula 1 crash.

We introduce… Kenny Ramsay
Ryu and Syd interview Kenny Ramsay, a sports photographer from Scotland.
Kenny’s website: http://www.kennyramsay.com/

Masterclass
Here are screenshots and links to some reference documents relating to the settings we discussed in the Podcast.
Canon AF settings

Nikon AF settings


You Win
Our monthly competition for our readers and listeners and last month’s theme was “ball”.

The winner is Vanessa Lim from Singapore and her image of water polo can be seen on the rotating image at the top of our website. Her flickr photostream is here.

2nd place goes to Asdrubal Diaz from Venezuela with the basketball shot and 3rd place goes to Alvaro Campo Garcia from parts unknown with the football shot.

For the April competition it’s motion blur.  Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules.

Far Post, Near Post
Our readers’ questions of the month. This month, we tackle white balance setting in indoor sports and off camera flash at a sporting venue.

GAS of the month
- ZTS Mini Multi-Battery Tester (AdoramaB&H,info)
MAHA / POWEREX MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer
- Ricoh GXR with Ricoh LENS A12 28mm F2.5 (AdoramaB&H,info)
- Ricoh VF-2 External Viewfinder (AdoramaB&H)

Jingles by Spencer Griffiths
Icon by Arvin Bautista


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