I’ve always wondered how I, a simple university student, could become more involved with the world of media communications The department heads here always tell me, “Just keep checking your student email. We send opportunities through that sometimes.”
Well, one day I got a message in my university email asking for a field photographer for an two-day sporting event called “Football Frenzy”. I emailed back right away reserving my spot and sure enough I was in. I checked out the times that I would be working and noticed that the bulk of the games took place at night. This was not good news… especially since my main job is to capture action shots.
To overcome this, I googled tips on how to overcome bad stadium lighting. I prepared myself for the event: after all, I was being paid to produce professional pictures.
I was informed that I wouldn’t need to bring any camera related equipment and that everything would be provided for me. This was great news considering that I still don’t posses my own professional camera. The camera was really nice. If I remember correctly, it was a Nikon D90! The only problem was the lens: the lens they gave me was decent only in well-lit situations. Still, I made the most of what I was given and was able to get some good pictures (though they were quite grainy sometimes).
The next day before I left for work again, I made sure to borrow a nicer camera lens from a friend.
The moral of the story here is this:
1. Always be prepared for the lighting situation you’re about to face.
2. If you’re in trouble, ask a more experienced friend (that’s what I had to do sometimes).
3. Sports is unpredictable, but chance favors the prepared mind. Prepare your shot for sports games, and the scene will line itself up every now-and-then.