If you’ve been browsing Scott’s blog for a long time, you know football is some kind of thing around. With the NFL preseason starting soon, I thought I’d take a slightly different approach to covering a game.
When it comes to covering a game, it takes a team of photographers to get all the coverage you need. Most people who want to cover an NFL game try to get as close to the action as possible, but I hardly know who the best players on a team are.
However, I have some experience in event coverage, so I’m happy to browse the site and see what’s going on around the game! And that’s why Donald Page, team photographer for the Tennessee Titans, invited me a few seasons ago to cover some of the event’s marketing photos for the team and its sponsors.
While these photos don’t show the peak moment of a wide receiver catching the game-winning touchdown, they do provide color and texture to what happens on game day. Also, I guess sponsors like to see photos of fans enjoying and interacting with their brands.
If you’ve ever attended an NFL game, you know the event doesn’t begin when you get to your seat, but as soon as you step outside the stadium. There were plenty of activities to take part in as soon as you walked through the stadium’s outer gates that day.
From a concert stage, to a football pitch, to cookies and free gifts, there was plenty to check out on your way inside the stadium.
Then there are the personalities present who give their all for their favorite team. They wouldn’t dress like that if they didn’t want to be photographed!
Once inside, I headed out onto the pitch to capture some of the pre-game activity.
I also wandered the sidelines and looked for things that caught my eye there and in the crowd.
And when the team you work for is playing a great game, it’s easy to get great fan celebratory moments!
Be sure to keep an eye on your backgrounds, as the context can change the meaning of a photo, from fans cheering to fans celebrating a touchdown!
It’s helpful to walk into the stands with the fans rather than photographing them from the pitch, so you can get closer to them as they celebrate.
When the game is over and I know I have all the shots on my list, I like to get back out there and see what I can capture of the interacting players.
And, of course, you make sure to photograph the person who got you on the team!
Here’s to another great NFL season, and TITAN UP!!
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