Bloody Lighting at Non League Matches

DenoiseI have complained before about the lighting at non-league grounds before so I won’t go into it again, however I have tried to be a little more constructive……. Bloody lighting at Non-League grounds stinks!! Sorry. Positive mental attitude adjustment taking place, Bloody lighting…., Nope it’s going have to be a complete re-boot and reset to factory defaults… Could be a while hang on.

OK my kit, in its day was the mutts nuts, but 6+ years have passed and it is now nowhere near as good as the current batch of DSLRs at high ISOs, in fact many of the current crop of Pro DSLR (i.e. the Nikon D3S and the Canon D1x are better at 1600ISO than my MKIIns are at 400ISO.

Time to experiment with Noise reduction software, first test was on a match that I covered at Bishops Cleeve on Tuesday, ISO3200 and exposures of 1/160 @ F2.8. The results are really not pretty. So I have download a copy of DeNoise.

First Impressions: Hmmm favourable but at a price, around 10 seconds per image, with only one image open, I wonder how slow when I am working on 10-30 images at a time. But at least the results seem to be usable.

Back To Basics (revised and updated)

How Not To Do It

How Not To Do It

I have lost count how many times I have seen idiots holding cameras like this

Good technique, for any photographer is important, but for a press photographer it is paramount, and it should be drilled and rehearsed until it is second nature, whether it is practicing panning with cars for doing car shots through the window, or rehearsing quick lens changes or swapping one camera body for another, it makes sense to be entirely comfortable with what you are doing. The principle advantage is that if you know what you can know, then you can plan for the things that you don’t know, and things that are known unknowns and the things that unknown unknowns, Oi Rumsfeld move along please nothing to see here.
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General Sports Pictures

Other Sports Hints and Tips
Most of the other sports pages on this site have been focused on the glamorous events such as Motor Racing and Premiership Football, which unfortunately the majority of snappers out there do not have a chance to cover.

We do also have to be able to cover other sporting events, anything from Tiny Tots Tennis to International Athletics events, and as a professional press photographer you need to be able to deliver results irrespective of the type of event that you are requested to cover.

Probably one of the most difficult events I have had to cover was the Oxford Eights Rowing event, which I was covering for the Times Newspaper, photographing a rowing event is not particularly difficult, however to get something that was suitable for a broad-sheet demanded a little creative thinking. Especially as the event was not a straight race to the line, it was a “bump” event.

As the river is not wide enough in Oxford for the traditional line up and race to the finish line, the teams start off at different parts on the course, and the object is to catch the team in front, having “bumped” the team in front, both competitors stop.
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Understanding USM

Sharpening is a critical part of a digital workflow. Having a good understanding the USM filter is essential to enable you to produce the best results possible.

An Introduction

If your picture is muzzy or blurred USM isn’t really going to help. If an image is out of focus, applying some sharpening to it can help improve the overall appearance, but it won’t make it a sharp image. The sharpening tools in Photoshop will not replace good technique. Firstly lets deal with why it is called unsharp mask and what its origins are; I am not old enough to remember the process being used in the commercial darkrooms that I have been involved with, but I know someone who does.

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