Thursday, December 17, 2009

Roller Derby Photography Tips, How to shoot Roller Derby

Lately I have recieved e-mail asking about tips on how to photograph Roller Derby. Here are some things to consider to improve your Roller Derby Photography.
  • Know the basics of photography in and out. Learn to shoot manually
  • Learn the game and movements of the players so you can anticipate where the action will be, just don't "machine gun" the camera and hope for the best.
  • Use flash. Most Roller Derby Venues are quite dark and don't have enough available light to stop the action of the players. Flash photography gives you the light you need to capture the action of the skaters. Study flash photography and know your lighting tools well.
  • Use Long focal lengths to get in close to the action, also use wide angles for a different perspective.
  • Study compostion and learn how to compose quickly
  • Don't just shoot Roller Derby, learn to excel in other areas of photography to improve your Roller Derby Photography.
  • Take professional courses. Seek out professional photographers you would like to learn from and take their courses. Almost all the top pro's offer workshops throughout the year. Although they may seem pricey, they really aren't in comparison to what you will learn from industry leaders.
  • Get your photographs in front of professional photographers that will critque your work. Its important that these photographers will truly critique it, and not just give you compliments. When you are taking a college course in Photography the students and teachers viewing your work are way too nice. Get it in front of pros that will rip it apart... you will learn more.
  • Take a look at what Roller Derby Photographers are doing now.... and do something different.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Silicon Valley Roller Girls vs the San Diego Derby Dolls

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Took a little 7 hour drive down to San Diego this past weekend to shoot SVRG and the San Diego Derby Dolls. The bout was held at the Del Mar fairgrounds and was almost cancelled due to rain and a leaky roof. The wet parts of the track were constantly being wiped down by volunteers so no one would get hurt. I ran into B-Train from Wicked Skatewear, which is always fun and got to shoot SVRG in a whole new environment.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Engagement Session Bing Crosby's, Walnut Creek

These engagement portraits for Debbie and John were really fun to shoot. Bing Crosby's in Walnut Creek was gracious enough to allow us to shoot in their beautiful restaurant off hours.


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