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restrictions abounded in the Nike shoot starring England striker Wayne Rooney. Garry Simpson and his crew shot from a nearby railyard and lit the shoot with the assistance of a production company, who helped set up a 40′ x 30′ lighting rig suspended to a crane and weighed down with four heavy sandbags. The rig held 16 Profoto 7a packs and heads, one pack per head, each with wide angle reflectors and a translucent glass cover over the flash tube. The lighting alternated between two power settings. The first used a minimum power setting to achieve the fastest flash duration while capturing action poses of Rooney. He shot these images at F/4 and 1/250th second on a Canon EOS 1V using Fuji Provia 400 RHP111 film and a 120mm image stabilized lens.

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Media and Major League Baseball in New Photo Dispute

Outlets including The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated, and groups including the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), are asking MLB to change the credentialing terms for the upcoming baseball season.

This is the latest in a series of disputes between the press and sports leagues, which are increasingly trying to take control of photographs and other elements of media coverage.

In the new set of conditions for issuing 2008 press credentials, MLB states that “still pictures or photographs of any game cannot be used as part of a photo gallery.”

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Leading Off: The February Death March, The Dance and Teamwork

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Robert Hanashiro:

February 2008 began with the Super Bowl, then slide into the heart of Awards Season: The Grammys and the Academy Awards and then tossed on top of that, a trip to Louisiana for the annual NBA All Star Weekend.

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NPPA Objects To Major League Baseball's Credential Terms

The National Press Photographers Association today delivered a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig objecting to new restrictions that are in the 2008 credential application photographers and news organizations must submit in order to cover MLB games, workouts, activities, and events.

“The historic and statistical nature of baseball requires that its photographic coverage often deals with contextual issues, not specific games. Your new terms impose a form of prior restraint on the use of visual images (both still and video) that will negatively impact the editorial independence of our members and the press as a whole,” NPPA president Tony Overman wrote to Selig.

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A ‘processor’ at the Australian Open – Reuters Photographers

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As the pictures processor in the team covering the Australian Open tennis tournament, it is my job to help picture editor Petar Kujundzic and our team of photographers – Tim Wimborne, Darren Whiteside, Mick Tsikas, Steve Holland and Stuart Milligan, get their pictures to the Singapore desk quickly with accurate captions. That sounds easy on paper – right?

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that the job is either easy or for that matter glamorous.

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Illinois Photographers Can Shoot Championships Without Signing Waivers

A representative of the Illinois Press Association today told IPA members that the Illinois High School Association will allow photographers with valid press credentials to have access to the floor at the girls state basketball finals in Bloomington this weekend without being required to sign IHSA’s waivers or releases.

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Take 10 with 'chase shooter Tod Marks – Fauquier Times

When photographer Tod Marks first entered into the steeplechase arena most of the veteran media wanted to know, “Who’s the new guy?” They soon found that he was hardly new to the world of horse racing. In fact, he had covered some of the greatest flat races in the last several decades and that hands-on photography experience translated nicely into jump racing.
Marks uses his expertise as a photojournalist to get intense action images combined with great emotion at the various steeplechase venues. He travels to almost all the major National Steeplechase Association meets and his work is well-represented in the NSA yearbook and in the industry publication, the Steeplechase Times, where he has been working ever since first helping with the Sean Clancy’s book “Saratoga Days” and the Saratoga Special newspaper back in 2000.

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Best Seat in the House | Saturday Went Swimmingly | Seattle Times Newspaper Blog

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Was assigned to shoot the Boys Class 3A State Swim Meet this past weekend.

As you’ve heard me say many time, high school sports are just such a kick to witness.

There is true passion for sport, and there is little of the jadedness that comes with college and pro sports.

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Planning to Cover Baseball's Opening Day? Read On…. – Visual Leadership

under no circumstances may Bearer display any more
than seven still pictures or photographs of any Game at any time regardless of whether Bearer obtained such pictures or photographs at the Game; (ii) unless such still pictures or photographs of any Game are displayed in connection with an article about or summary of such Game, such still pictures or photographs cannot be displayed for more than seventy-two hours following the conclusion of the respective Game

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The IHSA … and photography from state finals —

The Chicago Tribune, and will not publish news photographs of this weekend’s girls gymnastics and wrestling state finals because of a legal challenge the Tribune, the Illinois Press Association and other state newspapers have filed against the Illinois High School Association.

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The Wild Weird World of Sports: Wrestling With Good Photo Ops



A fun, weird, extended photo trip started nearly a month ago with an unlikely beginning: midget wrestling.

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Chicago Reader | Hot Type | Shooting for Dollars: The fight over photo rights to high school sporting events involves more than the First Amendment.


Lockport came from six runs down to beat Oak Park 8-6, and Banks headed onto the field to take the “jubilation shot”—the photo of ecstatic teenagers hugging and tumbling and screaming. It’s the shot that goes on page one of tomorrow’s paper and into the photo albums of every player on the team.
But a volunteer from the Illinois High School Association blocked Banks’s way at third base. “She knew who I was and she said, ‘I can’t let you out,’” he says. “I asked why. She said, ‘This is my instruc tion.’” Banks looked around. He spotted the photographer from Visual Image Photo graphy, the firm under contract with the IHSA to take pictures of its major events, heading for the field from the first base side. Banks trotted after him and got his picture.
Banks also calls the jubilation shot the “money shot,” and that’s not just a metaphor. Papers point out that for 100 years they’ve sold copies of their pictures for a nominal rate to readers seeking mementos. Now a lot of papers have digitized the process—their photographers post pictures and readers order them online. An outside company that handled the order and made the print took a cut and Banks and the Southtown split the balance. Banks says his yearly take was something under $2,000.
The revenue stream is pretty small—it didn’t come close to sparing the Southtown its recent drastic economies, merging with the Star papers and laying off a lot of people, Banks included. But visit the Web site of what’s now the SouthtownStar and you’ll see the paper means business. “Welcome to Southland Photo Shoppe,” it says. “Your shopping choices range from traditional prints to T-shirts, mugs, computer mouse pads and other items on which our photos are imprinted.” A simple eight-by-ten is $25.

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Leading Off: It was cold!

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How cold was it?

Cold enough to pop both of the lenses out of my glasses.

Cold enough to freeze my breath on the camera viewfinder.

Cold enough to wear not one, but two sets of long underwear. (Expedition weight no less!)

Cold enough for Peter Miller to go through a whole box of chemical hand warmers.

Cold enough to freeze your nose hairs.

Cold enough to REALLY believe those immortal words: “The frozen tundra that is Lambeau Field…”

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No, this dispute is not about high commerce. It is instead about principle. We believe it is within our absolute right to cover, publish and, yes, occasionally even sell, content that we create – particularly from highly public events involving tax-supported institutions and occurring at taxpayer-owned venues.

It is unfortunate that we are at loggerheads with the IHSA, which has already restricted our photo access to one major state championship event. It’s all related to this dispute. We have never previously viewed the organization as a foe. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Like the IHSA, we believe it’s in all of our best interests to draw attention to and celebrate youth achievement, whether it be on the basketball court, the football field, the concert hall or the scholastic bowl.

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Illinois Battle Continues: After Lawsuits, Now Comes Legislation


Illinois lawmakers have joined in the fight over whether the Illinois High School Association can prevent newspaper photographers from covering public school academic and sporting championship events games, and whether they can regulate the secondary use of photographs and videos that come from the events.

A new state law proposed this week comes in the aftermath of a dispute between the IHSA and the Illinois Press Association, a disagreement that reached a boiling point last November when several Illinois newspapers were prevented from photographing the state’s high school football finals and championship games.

And now Illinois lawmakers have proposed legislation intended to resolve the current conflict and to keep it from happening again.

Rep. Joseph M. Lyons (D-Chicago) has introduced House Bill 4582 which, if voted on and signed into law, will provide open access to all competitions, from elementary school to high school levels, including sports and academic activities.

And Sen. James A. DeLeo (D-Chicago) has agreed to file an identical bill in the other chamber of the Illinois General Assembly.

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The Wild Weird World of Sports: Past & Present

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The Wild Weird World of Sports: Past & Present

Photography, as in art, is totally subjective.

I’ve spent much of 2007 trying to figure out what I want to tell visually, what interests me. That doesn’t always translate into contest wins. Whatever.

I had many people I truly respect look over my work from this past year. Some parts of an edit, I loved. Others, less certain.

Not sure if this is a winning edit, but it’s what I submitted for 2007 Sports Portfolio. For whatever it’s worth, it feels right to me.

Appleton Post-Crescent – Eye on the Ball Blog: GAME PLAN FOR THE BIG GAME


Appleton Post-Crescent – Eye on the Ball Blog: GAME PLAN FOR THE BIG GAME: “Covering the big game requires a different approach than your typical game. A game plan is crucial because you coverage starts well before kickoff and continues well after the final whistle. Sunday’s NFC Championship game is a perfect example of how using a team approach paid off in the end. Oh…and you can’t forget what it takes to battle the elements…man was it cold! Here’s how things went from my perspective…

Because of the national attention this game gets, we arrived at Lambeau Field at about 12:30p.m. to make sure we could get enough workspace in the photography workroom. Boy were we glad we did. I haven’t seen this many photographers since I shot Super Bowl XL in Detroit. It was a madhouse.”

Back To Shooting: I need to write things down


Back To Shooting: I need to write things down: “I neglected to enter POY this year, because I thought I only had a couple images worth entering, both in the pictorial category. I forgot that when I left Lincoln, I thought I might have a good sports portfolio. So for your viewing pleasure, here’s what I could have entered, if I had stayed on top of things.”