I've come to love photographing sports. It's always a challenge. You never know what's going to happen next, so you have to be ready for anything. With more and more practice, I've become pretty good at it and confident in what I'm doing.
I live in the land of football. High school football is as popular around here as college or the pros, as I'm sure it is in so many other parts of the country. The local newspaper here sends out photogs to cover just about every high school game that's played. And all the TV stations are out for as many of them as possible. They know what their audience wants and they want to give it to them.
But, believe it or not, I've never shot any high school football action. Unlike most photographers, my first on-field experience happened to be shooting the Jaguars. Then I moved on to the local colleges. I've just never had the opportunity to photograph high school ball, or else I would have.
Last Friday night, however, I got to try something completely different....at least for me. I was on hand for the Creekside Knights taking on the Saints of Sandalwood. If you're looking for some of my images from the game, I'm sorry to disappoint you. Because I was not shooting stills from the sidelines like I am accustomed to do. Nope, I was high atop the roof of the press box videotaping the game for Elite Sports Video. They use this really cool set-up with 3 cameras to catch all the action. It is VERY cool!
Talk about a whole different world! I felt like a rank amateur at the beginning of the night. I'd never done video before this. It's a whole different skill set. I had to learn to do things totally different from the way I'm used to shooting a game. I was hitting the wrong buttons, zooming in when I should have been zooming out, and missing the action that I was trying to capture. Granted, I got better as the night went on, but it was one of those humbling learning experiences.
Luckily, I will get to do it again this Friday night....so I'm hoping I get much better than last week.
If nothing else, I developed a new respect for those camera guys who bring the action into your living room. Trust me, folks, it's not as easy as you might think!