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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2013, 10:17:13 AM »
Will you have a car with you, if you do, take a slightly larger selection (not everything you have) with you, when you travel between events swap out the lens for the most suitable for each event, maybe a faster prime if you have one for the indoor events, tele zooms for outdoors, just a thought, but I think that others have summed it up before me, one other point, cooperate with the other person you mention, if they are willing and/or able, and you have a two person team to cover a wider range of shots.
I had considered keeping the 135mm on hand for the swimming competition. The thing about that fast primes that I own probably don't have the reach necessary for these indoor sports - so the 70-200mm f/2.8 is probably about as useful as any other lens I have.

I will definitely coordinate with the other volunteer to make sure we have all the angles covered. It should be pretty cool. Can't beat teamwork.
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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2013, 10:17:13 AM »

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2013, 11:21:39 AM »
Think about having a couple of really strong images of each event.  Get the winners on the podium.

Winners on the podium--often easier said than done.  Many (if not most) of the events I've done just kinda hand out awards and call it good without really setting up a shot.  Step up and take charge and get the people to pause and pose for a photo.  Move them around if need be (all step up on the top podium for a nice close up).  If you just wait for it to happen....well, it won't.  ;-)

A few sport specific thoughts-- in cycling a good slow shutter panning shot is often one of the most expressive, but you'll get a lot more misses than hits.  If it's just "get a shot", crank 'er up and freeze the action.  But if you have multiple chances and can afford the misses, go for a panning shot.

Don't crop runners at the knees or ankles--runners love to be able to see their feet, especially if you can catch them airborne.

Photographing swimming sucks--good luck.  If you have limited time, try to catch the butterfly event(s) as those are some of the most dramatic shots.

You mentioned wanting to outdo the cell phone pics--one of the easiest way (IMHO) to do that is simply get the shots that they can't, which means more challenging situations such as freezing motion in a poorly lit venue.

I'll post a few samples below (not necessarily my best, just what I could dig up while here at the office)...

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2013, 11:24:21 AM »
  • Cycling with high shutter speed
  • Cycling with slow shutter speed and pan
  • Runner (with feet!) airborne
  • Freezing motion in a poorly lit environment

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2013, 01:22:21 PM »
A few sport specific thoughts-- in cycling a good slow shutter panning shot is often one of the most expressive, but you'll get a lot more misses than hits.  If it's just "get a shot", crank 'er up and freeze the action.  But if you have multiple chances and can afford the misses, go for a panning shot.

Thanks for the advice and thanks for the samples. Those bicycle pics are an awesome illustration of the differences between fast and moderately-slow shutter speeds for cycling. Quite a dramatic effect. I'm glad I'll have the opportunity to practice!
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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2013, 01:38:14 PM »
24-70 + 70-200. Done.

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2013, 01:34:26 PM »
Just thought I'd say thanks for all the help and advice on giving it a go with the corporate event a few weeks back. Due to inclement weather in our city, many of the events were cancelled or rescheduled for another time, but I was able to make it to a handful of events. I think the intended goal of capturing better than cellphone cam pics was achieved!

I've attached a few here. Word of caution: I've never tried uploading "real" pics to the site, and all I have at my disposal at work for resizing/cropping to meet size limitations is MS Pic Manager. (An 800 x 800 limit was mentioned in another thread today.) Regardless, here it goes:

5D mark 3: R14/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 IS, 35mm f/2 IS, 50 1.2L, 100L macro, 85L, 135L, 300mm f/2.8 ii. 16-35L, 24-70L II, 70-200L IS II, TAM 150-600mm,  2x600ex-rt
EOS M: 18-55mm, 22mm
SL1: 10-18mm IS, 18-55mm IS

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2013, 05:14:34 PM »
Definitely better than cell phone.  ;-)  Thanks for sharing--I was just thinking about this the other day and wondering how it went for you.  Was the company happy?

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2013, 12:52:22 AM »
Definitely better than cell phone.  ;-)  Thanks for sharing--I was just thinking about this the other day and wondering how it went for you.  Was the company happy?
People were really pleased. A lot of the folks I had captured made a point of coming to my office to say thanks, browse some of the other framed pictures on my walls, and ask about my photography. It was a pretty cool experience.
5D mark 3: R14/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 IS, 35mm f/2 IS, 50 1.2L, 100L macro, 85L, 135L, 300mm f/2.8 ii. 16-35L, 24-70L II, 70-200L IS II, TAM 150-600mm,  2x600ex-rt
EOS M: 18-55mm, 22mm
SL1: 10-18mm IS, 18-55mm IS

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Re: Seeking advice for corporate sporting event gear
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2013, 12:52:22 AM »