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After the final preparation meeting with John & Lisa last night, plans are in place for their fantastic wedding. Michael  @rammellphoto  Rammell - Weddings & Portraits will be my partner in crime on the day, can't wait. With another client meeting tonight, 2017 is looking exciting.


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Photo by Neil Graham  

Photo by Neil Graham  

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All smiles, while waiting for his beautiful bride Claire.


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Photo by Neil Graham  

Photo by Neil Graham  

Repeat after me, Do you....

Repeat after me, do you.......


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Photo by Neil Graham

Photo by Neil Graham

Elite Preparation Centre Football Blog

I was asked to assist and provide Dan Sleet (director of coaching) from Elite Preparation Centre with some fresh photographs for their website. As my son plays in their Development Centre I would be there watching my son playing so it wouldn't be much effort to bring my camera and lenses along.

I've been shooting football action shots for around 4 years so it wouldn't be too difficult to produce in good light. The challenge was going to be the poor lighting provided by the flood lights. The flood lights for a human eye with a dynamic range of 20 f/stops, after 30 minutes it would be fine, but for a camera with a dynamic range of 10 f/stops it means that any form of photography without a flash would be next to impossible.

In my bag today was my Canon 60d and Canon 7d , f2.8L 70-200mm IS, f4L 24-105mm IS, Canon 550ex flash and Canon External battery pack CP-E4. The ambient light fades fast this time of year so before it vanished I began shooting some action shots. I set the lens to F2.8 around 1/1000 ISO 2500 and even though the camera noise at ISO 2500 on the Canon 60d, it still produces useable photos, I didn't want to push any higher. My only option was to reduce the shutter speed and once you go below 1/640 fast movement it begins to blur.

I had to adjusted from fast running action shots to take slower action shots, i.e : close control and holding the ball up. Slow movement from the players will produce a much sharper action shots at 1/640. One other thing you have to take in to consideration, is that you can't take photos with the flash on while the players are being coached. This only distracts them and may cause an Incident.

Along with the action shots, Dan required some environment photographs of them conducting their coach classes with the boys and girls paying attention.

Dan , Joe and Jake

Dan , Joe and Jake

With the ambient light gone I had placed the Canon 530 flash on the hot shoe. I would love to shoot with an off camera flash but with time constraints, room and continue movement of the coaches and players I just couldn't carry everything and take the pictures, perhaps an assistant would of helped. Next week, you will see me taking photos at their Goalkeeping course, plus the Futsal in a sports hall, which will hopefully have better light.

If you have any questions, or if you would like me to take some sports photographs at your events please call or email me on the contact details below.

Mobile : 07584 900938

Email : neil@neilgrahamphotography.com

http://www.elite-preparation-centre.co.uk

Helping Young Players Develop their Skills, Ability and Confidence.

Taking photos at Bracknell Town vs Aston Clinton

Last weekend I tried taking some sports photography at my local Bracknell Town Football Club.

My equipment was a Canon 60d, 100-400mm f4-5.6 L lens, manfrotto mono pod and my Sandisk pro SD cards. It's not the first time I've shot football as I have taken photos at Reading FC. Normally I would borrow a camera and lens from Michael at www.rammellphotography.com which allows me to the have a 70-200m f2.8 L Mk2 lens plus an extra body for closer action shots. This time he was on a photo assignment and required his equipment.

I arrived 25mins before kick off and set up. There was heavy cloud which produced snow during the match and no flood lights. The sun did pop out once during the match which helped with my slow glass, (Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6) trying to keep a fast shutter speed of 1/1000 and keeping my ISO down was next to impossible..

The game kicked off at 3pm and even at this time I was on manual at 1/1000th to freeze the action 5.6f at ISO 3200 , high speed continuous, Al focus. With the changing light during the match,
my settings were between 1/1000th f5.6 ISO 3200 - 1/640 f5.6 ISO 5000. I couldn't go below 1/640 because of subject blur would happen and my ISO was 5000 , which is the camera's max and produces noise but the photos are still usable. Also, I was going to try some panning shots, but this was a semi-final game and I needed to be ready for a goal, and then player celebrations, so a high shutter speed to freeze the actions was the order of the day. If I had 2 cameras, I would have set up one of them to do this.

As you can see from the photos below, I tried to include some of the manager's reactions along with the player action.

It does show me that, even with prosumer gear, you can come up with some respectable shots, so never let your gear hold you back from trying something different, it's the photographer that presses the button and not the camera.

Saying that, having a Canon 1D X and a 400mm f2.8 would be nice for the increase camera and lens performance, but for my level and affordability I can produce usable photos with my equipment.

Get our there and try something different with the equipment you have...

Bracknell Town 0-2 Aston Clinton

Happy shooting

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