Around 2001, I remember standing on The Sidelines of A High School Game wt A Canon G-1 Digital Point & Shoot Powershot Camera wt a External Flash.
I had worked my way to the Sidelines of one of the Teams. I just walked right on the Sidelines like I belonged there.
Remember now, I said I had a Canon Powershot G-1. 2.0-2.5/F-Stop Lens. In other words, the lens was a Great Low Light Lens. The only thing was, the camera looked no where near a Pro Photographer’s Camera. But, I went on anyway. I had a lot of Confidence in my ability to shoot Sports Photography. But, I was about to learn the hard way. Sports Photography is no walk in the Park. Especially wt a Small Camera & Short Lens.
So I had to Move up & down the field as the ball moved. I did not have a lens long enough to reach way out over the field.
Mind you now, I had 2 Pentax SLR Film Cameras… they were Smoke Screens/Diversionary Tactics. I came in the Sideline Gate wt 2 SLR Bodies, one wt 35-80mm & the other wt 80-200mm. They looked pretty impressive. Many Newspaper Photographers only had 1 SLR Camera. So me coming in with 2…6 Shooters on each Shoulder like a Cowboy in a Wild West Movie helped me Out Greatly in Getting on the Sideline.
Photography, Film Photography is a very Expensive Trade…and I surely did not have the type of money to put into developing & printing the many shots I would take this night at that High School Game.
I learned a lot that night. The photos came out OK. But, there was a lot to learn on shooting Sports Photography. But, each game I got better.
I shot every week after this game.
Created a Sports Website & It became Popular wt Students & The Community. Posted Photos from the Games Week to Week.
Matter of Fact. I shot from Pop Warner to College the Rest of the Year.
By the End of the Year, I found Myself Standing on the Very Team Sideline as they Played for the State Championship in The Florida State Seminoles “Doak Campbell Stadium.”
Mid Year Coaches from Pop Warner to College were Excited about Me Being on Their Sidelines shooting their Teams.
From here, it was “On & Popping” wt Me in Photography.
I can say now “I have shot Sports from “Pop Warner to Pro”…The Atlanta Falcons, The Jacksonville Jaguars, The New Orlean Saints, Tampa Bay Bucaneers, The Arizona Cardinals, and a few other Pro Football Teams.
I have lost count of the College Football Teams I have Shot.
I have Shot Dance for Many Years & Fashion as Well.
I Love Photography, almost as Much as I do Writing & Teaching, but not quite yet.
From Still Photography, I moved on to Video & Video Editing & Making Sports Highlight Videos.
Some of the Players in the Pros Today, I shot them in High School & College & Made Highlight Videos wt them In It.
Knowledge is All Around Us. Not Just The 4 Walls of A School.