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Wimbledon Photographers

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by BrianWall, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    Watching tennis on TV we often see shots of photographers lining the pit by the court. Presumably these are press of course but I'm interested in exactly what they do, their equipment and their techniques.

    Are they just after news-worthy shots? Artistic? Why so many photographers yet so few published pictures (apparently)?

    And what are their techniques for capturing those shots? ISO and exposure settings? How do they setup their focuss tracking etc? What gear do they use?

    There must be an article in there somewhere?
  2. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    Worldwide there's probably quite a lot of outlets for their photographs, and some of them will be staff photographers, as well as freelancers. Also I assume some of their shots will be sold as 'generic' action or portrait pictures.

    It's like news photographers, I always wonder why there are so many crowding round the latest scandal-hit celebrity or politician. Seems a bit inefficient!

    I agree that a feature about them would be interesting. In the past, AP had Vic Blackman giving an insight into the work and techniques of the pro photographer!
  3. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    I used to turn to Vic Blackman's page first! Great stuff.;)
  4. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    Then there was Mike Maloney until a few years ago.

    I also remember Don Morley, a pro sports photographer who had a column in one of AP's long defunct monthly rivals. I did a quick search for him and he appears to specialise in motor sports now.
  5. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    Where`s Burgy when you need him?His take on it would be interesting.From what I could make out several togs were using EOS 1Ds with very long expensive glass.

    My younger son caught the 15.22 train to London yesterday.Being a tennis fanatic he goes to Wimbledon every year.Unfortunately for him he`s didn`t get any tickets in the LTA draw.
  6. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    I suspect that this year, the pro togs need specially weatherproofed cameras and lenses.
    Even the Met Office don't seem to know where our summer has gone :(

    How do the AF systems distinguish between moving players on court, and raindrops?
  7. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    Seriously, I'd like to know how the pros deal with focusing such fast moving action! The more I think about it the more I see a good article here!

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