Photography has always been one of my hobbies growing up, as well as being a keen, active sportsman.
Since giving up playing cricket on a regular basis I am still passionate about all forms of sport and have turned my hand to being behind the camera at sports events rather than on the field!
My love of sport has led me to be heavily involved with local Sports Clubs in the Essex area, as a photographer, taking 1000’s of images, capturing the right moment to reflect the occasion and creating memories for clubs, teams and players.
It’s through these clubs that I’ve been fortunate enough for some of my images to have been used on greeting cards, which have appeared nationally in Clinton Cards and Marks & Spencer as well as in many publications including The Daily Telegraph Online, The Echo Newspaper in Essex as well as BBC Essex on line.
I am always interested in any sporting events that may benefit from my photography and look to broaden my portfolio with other areas of interest. I particularly enjoy long walks with my dogs and capturing the natural landscape and from time to time even take the odd selfie!
To help me to excel in my field of Sports Photography, I use Nikon camera equipment, of which I own two Nikon d500 bodies. These both offer phenomenal power and precision, enabling me to shoot up to 10 Frames per second! I also have recently purchased a Nikon d810 full frame camera to add to my collection, which is one of the most advanced professional cameras that Nikon has ever produced, boasting 36.3 megapixels of resolution, with a blazing-fast automatic focus. This will enable me to turn my attention to portraiture, landscape & still life photography.
With regards to my lens collection I only use Nikon products. My camera bag consists of the following:- a NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR Telephoto Zoom, which enables me to get close up to the action, as well as the recently purchased AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II, giving me all round versatility.
My latest editions to my “Lens Collection”, are the NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 ED VR, which is great for group shots, and a NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 G ED Micro VR, which is ideal for portrait photography, as well as the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 G, all of which help me capture the action close up as well as being able to expand my photographic skills and techniques. Added to this I have 3 x Nikon speedlights, an SB-600 & 2 x SB 700’s, to capture those indoor shots in low light conditions! And to cap it all I have now added a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR, which will now give me that all-round versatility as I look to venture into other areas of photography.
It is important to me to work with two cameras, as sport can be fast moving, and you need to be able to capture the right moment, whether the action is far away or close by. Having to hand the various focal length lenses means that I am well catered for, being versatile in order to adapt to the changing conditions of the game/sport, making sure that I get that vital image. Also by possessing these various focal length lenses, it is enabling me to branch into other fields of photography.
With regards to the above all my images are “shot” in “Raw“, which is a file that captures all image data recorded by the camera’s sensor. This allows for much more editing than in jpeg files, giving the client a higher level of quality & detail in the final processed image.
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