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| p.1 #5 · I need help with protocol for a professional venue |
I shoot the MLS Rapids and I can offer a few things. MLS is really good with freelancers. Great place to start. You should have a media contact. They will be able to tell you in more detail where you can and can not shoot. I like talking to ushers and security before games so they give you a little break. In Colorado, and I assume most other venues for MLS, you can not photograph from the press box. Also, you have to be on the sideline between the end line and the top of the goal box or on the end line to almost the goal. If you do not have a long lens, get one. A 300 at minimum, 400 better, with enough light a 600 would be killer. I typically shoot with a 300 on my 7D and 70-200 on my 1D. Get a three legged rotating camp stool to sit on...this is a life saver.
Ask questions when you pick up your credentials (credentials get you in and here in Colorado cover your parking too). The media room is for people trying to get stuff out on deadline, but there will probably be plenty of room for you in there, just try to stay out of the way of people obviously working.
Try to get to know these shooters if you can, they can give you great tips for your venue. I went in for my first MLS game not knowing anyone, and came out knowing 2 shooters (one from my wire, one from one of my older wires), my second game, met a couple freelancers, next game meeting a USA Today shooter, and the Getty Shooter, then suddenly, they were asking me questions and we were all working together (sharing WIFI, grabbing food for each other, helping each other set up remotes, etc). This can be one of the best things you can take away from this, networking.