Podcast: EP10 – You Never Get Used to It

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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…
Icon by Arvin Bautista
Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

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6 thoughts on “Podcast: EP10 – You Never Get Used to It

  1. I was hoping you and Matt would do your competition of comparing your best shots against each other. I’m looking foward to listening to the podcast later anyway.

    1. Ben,

      Listen to it anyway please. :)
      We got stuff in the pipeline and as for Ryu v Matt, my ego is getting in the way. We’ll let you know if I resolve my problem.


  2. Excellent!.Loved the bloopers at the end.Dont hesitate to include stuff like this in another podcast.Quick suggestion, I noticed Ryu loves to shoot pre match and team entrances a lot and I honestly love most of those pictures.I would like to know how do you (and Matt) prepare yourself for these as I assume you plan them way before the matches, correct me if Im wrong.I know you already discussed about planning the shots you want, but I have a feeling that you think about those weeks before.

    1. Eli,

      We have absolutely no control what goes into the podcast and what doesn’t. It depends on whether our producer David is in a mood or having problem with his teeth. :)

      My theory on entrance and pre-match is that it is the only time you are able to get close to the players. Therefore, if you want a close up shot of a specific player, you will have a better chance of getting one before the match. As for planning your shoot, I don’t think about it weeks in advance. I tend to think about it on my way to the match. The reason is that I’ve shot enough football at this point that certain things are now automatic.

      But if this is something like figure skating or judo, which I have not had the opportunity to shoot that many times, I will think about it a bit more and bit before the match as my brain does not come up with ideas as easily as when I’m shooting football.

      What you need to concentrate on is to not have too many goals (ie what kind of shots you want) for your pre match shots as the more things you want to do, the more distracted you will be. I suggest that you have one or two goals and once you get more comfortable with the specific sport, you can increase the number of your goals.


  3. Great podcast guys and thanks for your brutal honesty. My wide angle shot was from about the goal-line in the corner and through the glass at the practice rink where they were having their scrimmage. My question for you guys is, that was at 45mm. I was shooting with the 24-70 at the time. If I had backed that all the way out and caught the goalie on the left and the other two players on the other side, would that have done anything to improve the shot? I have an upcoming opportunity to shoot a couple of pro games (AHL) and would like to make the most of those chances. Thanks again for taking the time to go through our shots and provide honest criticism, I’m hoping to get better.

    1. John,

      This sports photography thing, it’s a matter of repetition and knowing what works and what doesn’t work in an image. We try to be very candid with our critique as we think that only through pain and suffering people can improve their skills. :)

      As for the shot, it all kind of depends. In general, if you want to shoot with a wide angle, you want to get as close as possible to the subject. Or you want to capture as wide as you possibly can. What you don’t want to do is to get caught up in no-man’s land and be half assed. Go all in or get out.

      Also be very patient with your shots. Try to “lure” the action into your range (ie your focal length) and don’t miss when they are in your shooting area. I for one don’t even bother shooting the goals on the other end as A) there probably is someone who’s shooting at the other end who’s got a better angle B) it’s way too far to be interesting.

      You’re getting better. That’s one less thing you have to worry about. :)


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