Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Nearly rivaling the importance and prestige of the Official Olympic Games, the 11th All Africa Games 2015 boasts a formidable athletic venue that will play host to 52 nations across the continent competing in 22 sporting events. Tens of thousands of international visitors worldwide are gearing up to partake of this sporting event in Brazzaville, and not only experience the players, teams, and exquisitely designed sports arenas, but also capture that perfect photographic memento.

While not every photographer can boost the latest gear, we can provide quick tips that will have you shooting sporting events like a pro.

Photograph Where the Action Will Be

Trying to capture the perfect moment of athletes in motion can be a daunting task, but staying one step ahead can help ensure your camera properly frames the action. Featured events at The All Africa Games, such as volleyball and basketball can offer photo opportunities near the net as athletes spike the ball or go in for a slam-dunk. Staying one step ahead of the game can be especially important for mobile phone photography due to the slight delay when capturing images.

The Eyes Have It

One critical detail to remember when photographing sports is to try and include the athlete’s eyes in your shots. The eyes can convey much emotion and help communicate the moment. The eye can also provide a good focal point when focusing your photo. While certain athletic events like fencing or swimming pose a difficult challenge for this tip, other events like football and judo can provide ample opportunities to focus on the eyes.

Closer is Better

Getting near the sidelines of any sporting event will ensure your camera can get close and personal to the event and truly capture the moment. This is especially true for event attendees who either don’t have the proper gear or simply want to use their mobile phones. Getting closer to the action provides more opportunities to properly capture the faces of athletes and better communicate the experience.

Burst into Action

Fast paced sporting events, such as cycling or tennis highlight athletic parous that plays out in an instant. When photographing sports, ensure to capture enough photos of key moments to later select the gems. Burst mode is the perfect option when trying to capture high speed sequences of action. You’re free to focus on the athletes while your camera does the rest.

Use JPEG Instead

While for most digital photography RAW is recommended for maximum image quality, JPEG is the winner when it comes to sports photography. Speed is the discernible factor here. The compressed JPEG format allows for an increased number of photos that can be taken during burst mode, which is helpful when capturing quick actions like shoulder throws in this year’s All Africa Games judo events.

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At the Global Media Desk we have been providing top-quality photographers and video production crews for global sporting events around the world for fifteen years. Please contact us for future media needs for the All Africa Games 2015 in the Republic of the Congo,  2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroWorld Games 2017 in Poland2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia or other global sporting events.

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6 Essential Apps When Traveling for a Film or Photo Shoot

6 Essential Apps When Traveling for a Film or Photo Shoot

Helpful and highly rated travel apps for your next project abroad

Traveling in the digital age has never been easier thanks to some pretty cool and innovative apps.   With just a swipe and a click you can access paperless bookings, digital boarding passes, e-confirmations, local tips, and much more.  Whether you are a director scouting a location for your next film or a photographer shooting the latest cover of a magazine, you will want to check out these helpful and highly rated travel apps.

Tripit – Organization and Planning

Tripit is a mobile travel app that helps organize everything from your business schedule, hotel reservations, flight confirmations, and even important documents like passports, all in one convenient location. Cost: Free for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows

  • Turns your email confirmations into an organized itinerary
  • Includes maps, directions, calendar and social sharing
  • 4-star rating (iOS)
  • Internet access needed

Smart Traveler – Safety

The United States Department of State has created a pretty nifty and basic looking app that lets the traveler access up-to-the minute information on warnings, natural disasters, or political uprisings in any part of the world. Cost: Free available for iOS, Android and Windows

  • Great app for traveling photographers or film crews entering less stable regions
  • Allows you to e-register at the local U.S. embassy or consulate
  • Stay informed on travel advisories anywhere in the world
  • 3-star rating (iOS)
  • Internet access needed

Like A Local – Local Information

Like a Local takes you off the beaten path for a  ‘insider’ traveling experience. You can find guides on hotels, restaurants, and bar options all created by locals living in that city who know their way around. You even have the  ability to use the app offline. Of course you will have to remember to download the guides over WiFi before setting out, but the app is pretty easy to use. Cost: Free, but you do have to pay for the individual guides.

  • Avoid the tourist traps and create your own local experience
  • Best coverage is in Europe
  • Can access offline

Findery – Social Sharing

Findery is a social sharing app that combines Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter all-in-one to share your traveling stories. The app lets you leave a digital note in the form of a photo, video, text, or a music clip for others to discover. Cost: Free, available for both iOS and Android

  • You can create a social network with friends within the app or keep your notes private
  • Discover new sites, or learn something new about a favorite location
  • 5-star rating (iOS)

Pocket Light Meter – Film and Photo Essentials

A light meter is an indispensable gadget for any filmmaker or photographer. And one that fits right in your pocket or purse is even better. This nifty app measures reflected light and allows reciprocity calculations.Cost: Free

  • Great app for filmmakers and photographers on location
  • 4+ star rating
  • Can access offline

Amount – Currency Converter

Looking to convert just about anything in one simple app? Amount not only converts currencies, but also area, density, and electric current, in a very clean and simple interface.

  • Over 700 units across more than 30 categories
  • Real time conversions in one screen
  • Create customized lists
  • 4+ star rating
  • Internet access needed

About Global Media Desk

Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand high-quality, local production crews and photographers worldwide for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or region.  Ready to hire the best local crew for you project?  Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.