Throughout the semester, I must write a weekly post for credit in my Editing and Production class. Certain redundancies will occur between these “4806 Updates” and posts earlier in the week.
In my totally unbiased journalist’s opinion, the Mizzou Oklahoma game was !@#%ing incredible.
Shooting photos for that game, however, was a nightmare. I asked a Missourian photographer how he managed to pull such great light and color out of these situations. He responded “you just look through that little hole—“ he points at the viewfinder with a belittling grin, “and push this little button—“ he points at the button, “and there you go!”
I had a similar experience with the AP and ESPN photographers—some variation of “I just put the thing on automatic and shoot.”
At any rate, the light at Faurot Field is awful, but I am generally happy with the photos I snagged at the stadium. They required quite a bit of touching up with Photoshops levels/curves tool, but for the most part, I like what I produced.
Karen even gave me a compliment on several of the photos. You know that feeling you get when your parents are disappointed in you? Well a compliment from Karen is like the absolute opposite of that. It honestly made my day, even though I have a nagging suspicion she thinks she could do better. She could, but admitting that does bad things to my modest ego.
Recommendations for any other convergence kids who use a Nikon D70 or 80 at the field:
Put the camera on the “M” mode.
Use the front and back dials to set aperture and shutter speed.
I had the best luck with an aperture of 2.8 and a shutter speed of about 400. Speeds in the 600 range also work, but the pictures come out very dark and render a lot of digital noise in post-production.
When I took pictures of the crowd or the bench, when the subjects of the photos were not moving at the speeds typical of college football players, I set the camera to the A mode. As far as I can tell, this mode lets you set the aperture at 2.8, appropriate for this light, then changes the shutter speed (and maybe ISO?) based on the situation.
I made the mistake of using this mode when the crowd rushed the field, so my marquee photo of a girl being arrested and fans pouring over the brick wall is not completely in focus.
Overall though, I could hardly be more pleased with my body of work so far.