Upload & Sell: On
My first time shooting a swim meet. It was hectic to say the least, as this was a rec swim meet. I would guess that a high school or higher competion would have been less. I went in not knowing the format and just learned on the fly. I knew the strokes and what I wanted to shoot/capture, such as on the butterfly with the arms stretched, and emerging from the water on the backstroke. I think I tried to hard to capture every thing and in doing so missed some shots of the upper level swimmers that can really propel their body out of the water. I used the logic that I use when shooting other rec league sports, and that is to shoot the younger kids the most to maximize sales.
I was hired and payed to do a team shot, and if I wanted to stay for the meet to pick up extra sales I could.
A few things I learned and need to improve before my next meet
1. The little kids on a lot of the photos looked like just a head bobing in the water. I had to find creative ways to make them appear they were actually swimming and not just playing in the water.
2. The older and more advanced kids really kick a lot of water on the turn flip, so either get higher, futher away from the edge, or have some type of protection.
3. Knowing what strokes before the gun goes off and which way they are swimming especially in the medleys.
4. Take a wide/fish eye to get the start on some, to have something different not just the side and coming towards.
Any way thats just some things that stuck out the most, so here are 4 and the team shot