President’s Message Spring CC 2017
Larry Breitkreutz, FCAPA
Event and sports photography are two of the most difficult types of image making. With subjects constantly in motion, and with light that can be extreme and of various color temperatures, those who excel in these fields certainly are to be commended. With the very fast shutter speeds required, it’s best to have a camera with a high ISO rating. Fortunately, camera manufacturers, regardless of the brand, are continuously improving their systems to shoot at higher and higher ISO’s, thus providing photographers with better tools.
But, as in all photography, tools don’t take the pictures. They are only tools the creative artist can use to express personal vision. The better the tools, the easier it may be for the photographer. But, in the end, it’s the photographer’s skill and expertise that will produce the exciting result.
To capture a fast-moving subject requires pre-visualization along with fast reflexes. By pre-visualizing where the action is about to happen the photographer can get to the location where a great photo is possible. This is undoubtedly the hardest part, and will only improve with hard work and experience. Generally, in sports photography, you’re working with a long lens that may require stabilization. A tripod can be cumbersome in a fast-paced situation, so photographers often opt for a monopod to help stabilize the camera, but which still allows for fast movement and adjustment. The new image-stabilized lenses and cameras are also a great asset as they allow for more hand holding of the camera.
When shooting indoors, the use of artificial light becomes the challenge. While a flash or studio strobe can be helpful in many situations, in venues such as clubs or rock concerts a flash is usually ineffective, if even allowed at all. In this case the high ISO camera is very useful. Fortunately, in the digital age the colour temperature of various lights is not as huge a problem as it was in the age of film, as significant adjustments are possible in post-processing, However, adjusting the white balance in the camera using the Kelvin scale can make this job a lot easier.
Having said all of this, I “take my hat off” to all the event and sports photographers who continuously record great events for us all to enjoy. I look forward to see what our members have created and shared in this issue.
On another note, we are planning for a great event in June 2017. Our Canadian Camera Conference (CCC) is sure to provide many occasions for learning, fellowship, and also photography. This will be a rare opportunity to see our nation’s capital as Ottawa celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. If you haven’t already done so, check it out at www.ccc2017.ca. Join us for a great time.