Find fields & stores near you!
Find fields and stores
Zipcode
PbNation News
PbNation News
Community Focus
Community Focus

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-24-2010, 02:54 PM #1
Redbeard the Pirate
Grand Poobah
 
Redbeard the Pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Boise
Speedball photography

I hope you guys will cut a non-photographer some slack here...

We're trying to get some photo/video coverage on our next local pump tourney. We don't have any players who are shutterbugs so we're looking at "hiring" some of the local H/S photography kids (including my younger brother) to cover the event for us.

They are all seniors and have been in photography classes for 3+ years so I'm assuming they don't need specific camera settings or anything for capturing good shots, but what they may need is specific advice for being on the field... I didn't really have a clue of what to tell him besides "wrap your camera" so it could take a hit without exploding :p.

I'm guessing some good questions are:
What are the best places to be?
How do you protect your equipment while on the field?
Any special settings you've found to be good specifically when shooting paintball?
Do you usually move around a lot or do you try to hold still to distract the players as little as possible?

Any other advice for first time paintball photographers would be GREATLY appreciated!

I'll be printing up your responses and handing them to him, so feel free to address him directly as I probably won't have a clue what you guys are talking about... But seriously, thanks in advance for any info or advice you have!
__________________
-Norwegian Pirate? Wouldn't it have been easier to say Viking?
-Yeah... But not half as cool.
Rotor Ball gauge Mod
Phantom Air-through Grip Mod
Redbeard the Pirate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sponsored Links Remove Advertisement
Advertisement
Old 02-24-2010, 03:04 PM #2
rdm3000
Slightly Removed
 
rdm3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: eatbabies
rdm3000 is a Supporting Member
Find someone that has played paintball to shoot your event. If you have particpated in the sport you are shooting it is a lot easier because you can somewhat predict moves and have a much better chance of getting a good shot.

where they are at on the field is up to the field rules and how much risk the photographer is willing to take.
__________________
what is this


follow me on instagram @mrryanmckee
rdm3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 03:21 PM #3
ego09boi
I make pictars
 
ego09boi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 917/845-NY
They should be in snake getting the best shots possible
Distractions? haha don't worry, stand next to a ref if possible
I have filters on my lenses and headbands wrapped around them, as for the body I'm holding it so...
Where should you be? Where the players are
__________________
Venice at FPS-Photography
Orange County Domination
ego09boi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 03:46 PM #4
fainerbainer
CK
 
fainerbainer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northwest
fainerbainer has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
fainerbainer has perfected Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
fainerbainer has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
You want someone who has played the sport before so they know where they need to be when they need to be there.

Maybe have them come for a practice and get the feel for it if they are decent enough with other sports/photos.
fainerbainer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 04:27 PM #5
picturesonvideo
 
 
picturesonvideo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
picturesonvideo is a Paintball photographer
Can't say for certain, but I'm fairly sure that Gary Baum has never played tournament speedball......could be wrong, but....
picturesonvideo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 04:36 PM #6
fainerbainer
CK
 
fainerbainer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northwest
fainerbainer has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
fainerbainer has perfected Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
fainerbainer has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Quote:
Originally Posted by picturesonvideo View Post
Can't say for certain, but I'm fairly sure that Gary Baum has never played tournament speedball......could be wrong, but....
well, let's rephrase it. You will want someone who is knowledgeable in the sport and where actions will unfold.

Hence the suggestion for them to come shoot a practice and see how it goes.

Also, I'm sure Gary, though he hasn't played it, could come in a do a stellar job.

Unlike the local photog from H/S who has had a little training.

The kids here in yearbook go out and take photos and don't know anything and neither does the teacher.
fainerbainer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 04:36 PM #7
outkast kid
 
 
outkast kid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Philadelphia
outkast kid is a Paintball photographer
Quote:
Originally Posted by picturesonvideo View Post
Can't say for certain, but I'm fairly sure that Gary Baum has never played tournament speedball......could be wrong, but....
Good point which is why I contribute this:

You want someone who has been around paintball, for a while. Just because you're a photographer doesn't mean you're a paintball photographer. There's a lot to consider with angles, moves and general field etiquette that only someone familiar with paintball will understand.
outkast kid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 05:54 PM #8
Burgers8
 
 
Burgers8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
I see this in the C&C thread a lot: "Shoot Tight, Crop Tighter"
Try to minimize dead space in the photos.
Also, setting wise I would try shooting a bit brighter to get the faces in the googles.
__________________
U.P.A.H
UnderPaidActionHeros
Front #8


Owner of a Red/Silver DangerousPower Threshold.
Burgers8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 06:13 PM #9
p8ntcheck45
Hot Bread Z!
 
p8ntcheck45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Portland Oregon
Annual Supporting Member
p8ntcheck45 is a Supporting Member
p8ntcheck45 is a Professional paintball player
p8ntcheck45 is a Paintball photographer
p8ntcheck45 works for a Paintball manufacturer
p8ntcheck45 supports our troops
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redbeard the Pirate View Post
What are the best places to be?
How do you protect your equipment while on the field?
Any special settings you've found to be good specifically when shooting paintball?
Do you usually move around a lot or do you try to hold still to distract the players as little as possible?
-everywhere be creative
I dont, plastics bags and rain wraps work
shooting in AV or M,
Move around as the game goes on, distracting the players isn't an issue I'm aware of
Just be smart out there and take cool photos...also read the rules and post in the faq next time
p8ntcheck45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 07:05 PM #10
outkast kid
 
 
outkast kid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Philadelphia
outkast kid is a Paintball photographer
I shoot in TV; AV works but if you really want to have the best chance of catching splatter, keep the shutter between 1/800th and 1/1200th to get a nicely visible blur when a ball explodes.
outkast kid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 07:28 PM #11
Thor06
 
 
Thor06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: NY
Thor06 helped look for balloons
Thor06 is playing at Living Legends III
Thor06 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
Thor06 supports Team VICIOUS
I also shoot in Tv.
Thor06 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 09:22 PM #12
picturesonvideo
 
 
picturesonvideo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
picturesonvideo is a Paintball photographer
Quote:
Originally Posted by p8ntcheck45 View Post
-everywhere be creative
I dont, plastics bags and rain wraps work
shooting in AV or M,
Move around as the game goes on, distracting the players isn't an issue I'm aware of
Just be smart out there and take cool photos...also read the rules and post in the faq next time
I agree. I like shooting aperture priority mode so I can control the DOF.
But I have also gotten great results shooting shutter priority.
Manual mode might be good to help with under / overexposing and having to worry about compensation in aperture priority.

I have never worried about being a distraction. Although I have been told to shut up by many ref's....so keep your mouth shut on the sidelines

I use a Kata 702 to protect my gear. One of the best $40 I ever spent. Get one...it will last a long time. Stellar protection IMHO.

Just go out there, shoot lots of pictures, try different things...and you'll figure out what works best for you.
picturesonvideo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 09:41 PM #13
infinital
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Arkansas
If you are shooting a later model canon with good auto-iso or any nikon with auto-iso you can put the camera in manual, set to your optimal shutter speed and aperture, and let the camera meter the iso for you
__________________
What would I want? Sky!
infinital is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 11:44 PM #14
rdm3000
Slightly Removed
 
rdm3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: eatbabies
rdm3000 is a Supporting Member
I wish I wasnt such a ***** with the cold. This winter has really put a damper on my photography.

BTW go see Shutter Island, it is an awesome movie. Probably one of the best I have seen in a couple years.
__________________
what is this


follow me on instagram @mrryanmckee
rdm3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 11:54 PM #15
DJ Paris_82
Professional Photographer
 
DJ Paris_82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan
Annual Supporting Member
DJ Paris_82 is a Paintball photographer
DJ Paris_82 is playing at Living Legends VII
DJ Paris_82 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
DJ Paris_82 supports Team VICIOUS
DJ Paris_82 posts videos on PbNation
DJ Paris_82 is Legendary
DJ Paris_82 supports Empire
Quote:
Originally Posted by picturesonvideo View Post
Can't say for certain, but I'm fairly sure that Gary Baum has never played tournament speedball......could be wrong, but....
Gary is a paintball photo veteran! along with years of experience behind him.

You cant come pair a High school senior who has never shot paintball b4!
DJ Paris_82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 06:30 AM #16
picturesonvideo
 
 
picturesonvideo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
picturesonvideo is a Paintball photographer
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ Paris_82 View Post
Gary is a paintball photo veteran! along with years of experience behind him.

You cant compare a High school senior who has never shot paintball b4!
FTFY.....

Exactly my point. He was not a player. He learned the game by looking through his lens and watching players.

Knowledge of composition and your camera equipment is far more important than the game as far as a paintball photographer goes.

Look, we all know that you can shoot several hundred photos at a tournament. Yet, most of them are just plain old paintball pictures.....

Few of them are really what I would call 'cover pictures'.

I wasn't trying to compare anyone to Gary. I simply said that Gary had not been a tournament speedball player....at least to my knowledge. Yet he is the most famous paintball photographer in the world.
picturesonvideo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 06:28 PM #17
DJ Paris_82
Professional Photographer
 
DJ Paris_82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan
Annual Supporting Member
DJ Paris_82 is a Paintball photographer
DJ Paris_82 is playing at Living Legends VII
DJ Paris_82 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
DJ Paris_82 supports Team VICIOUS
DJ Paris_82 posts videos on PbNation
DJ Paris_82 is Legendary
DJ Paris_82 supports Empire
Quote:
Originally Posted by picturesonvideo View Post
FTFY.....

Exactly my point. He was not a player. He learned the game by looking through his lens and watching players.

Knowledge of composition and your camera equipment is far more important than the game as far as a paintball photographer goes.

Look, we all know that you can shoot several hundred photos at a tournament. Yet, most of them are just plain old paintball pictures.....

Few of them are really what I would call 'cover pictures'.

I wasn't trying to compare anyone to Gary. I simply said that Gary had not been a tournament speedball player....at least to my knowledge. Yet he is the most famous paintball photographer in the world.
Sure,

After years upon years of experience! This HS kid will NOT produce photos like Gary does on his first time!

That is what im getting at!
DJ Paris_82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
Forum Jump