Posted 09 January 2012,
The Athletic Videos
One of the more exciting, and challenging, initiatives this year has been the short videos of the varsity athletic teams. Shooting video of teams and sports that are very familiar to me as a still photographer has provided a new set of challenges to my athletics schedule.
This all came about primarily because I upgraded my still-image camera to one that is also capable of capturing video (it’s the Canon 1D Mark IV). I figured that as long as I was at the games and meets to capture still images that I may as well use the video capabilities of the camera to capture video clips as well. The other videos that I have made for the online magazine have been very well received by the Trinity community and I thought that videos of varsity athletics might be equally popular.
As I considered how I would need to change my shooting style to accommodate video, a photojournalist whose blog I enjoy reading (Dan Chung at http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com
) profiled a camera called the GoPro. This is a small video camera that is capable of capturing high definition video and is easily mounted to people’s heads, chests, and wrists. After reviewing some of Dan’s footage I knew that this camera would provide compelling footage to cut into the footage that I would be capturing with my camera.
The first team that I covered in the autumn was Girls Varsity Tennis. I asked the coach, Alex MacDonald, to pick ...