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Old 28th of June 2012 (Thu)   #1
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Default Sports Photos are posted SOO FAST!!

hello POTN,
Sorry if the title is a bit confusing and if this question has already been answered. After watching the Euro 2012, and the match ending like a minute, the photos have already been upload to lets say Getty Images. I wonder what tools do these professionals use and do they do any Post processing at all?

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I am not a Pro in those situations but I remember reading (or seeing a video somewhere) that they have staff onsite for a lot of games and the photographers will hand off their memory cards to them for upload to their agencies.
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I am not a Pro in those situations but I remember reading (or seeing a video somewhere) that they have staff onsite for a lot of games and the photographers will hand off their memory cards to them for upload to their agencies.
Depends on hos big the game is. The large LARGE games (World cup, Superbowl, etc) will have editors on standby and card runners to transmit pictures.

However in the real world, we do it. Usually during halftime, but if there's a team of photographers there one may shoot a quarter and then go in and transmit while the other is still out there.
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Many have tethered laptops pitch-side and upload as the match goes on using Photomechanic for key-wording and caption writing.
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The wire service and photo agency setup for a major event is far more elaborate than any hobbyist will ever experience. Often these organizations will set up their own computer networks with links that go directly to each camera. Every image will be carried from the camera to a photo editor who will look at the image and decide if the image will be sent to the organization's members an subscriber. Photo editors also decide how an image will be processed. For other events, major organizations assign "runners" to take memory cards directly from photographers and deliver them to photo editors. Photographers never handle their images. The editors do that work in the editing rooms under the stands. Thousands of images must be reviewed in short order.

There is no time to waste at a major event, and the images must be in the hands of clients long before the event is over. This is business and not high art. Even an hour's delay is far, far too long.


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hello POTN,
Sorry if the title is a bit confusing and if this question has already been answered. After watching the Euro 2012, and the match ending like a minute, the photos have already been upload to lets say Getty Images. I wonder what tools do these professionals use and do they do any Post processing at all?

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Some companies have proprietary software that when the shooter puts the card in his computer it puts the photos in the system and a photo editor on the other side of the country will view / edit the photos. This is useful for events like golf and racing when it will take too long to get the files to an on site editor. I have seen guys shooting golf that carry a small computer with an internet card transmitting photos walking from the tee to the green.

Getty was pushing about 300 photos up per game for the NBA finals when the buzzer hit zero then ended up with around 1,000 later on at night.

I remember getty piping a LAN line under a road for the the royal wedding.

Or if you need them THAT fast...
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The Times newspaper took a huge gamble when it decided to push the technological envelope to cover the event. “We got this new piece of software that enabled us to transmit the picture straight to a live gallery on the website, bypassing the picture desk completely and publishing the images within 30 seconds of them being taken,” explains Paul Sanders, Picture Editor of The Times.
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Very interesting thread! I imagine the upcoming Olympics have the latest and greatest ... would be interesting to hear how they handle images.
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Very interesting thread! I imagine the upcoming Olympics have the latest and greatest ... would be interesting to hear how they handle images.
I imagine a great many bodies will be sporting one of these!
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Wifi is somewhat unreliable. Since the new cameras have a ethernet port I see what being the way to go. I wonder if they will try wifi for the underwater swimming remotes tho.
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The standard is proprietary software/photo mechanic/toning software during halftime and after full time. Some set up a laptop and caption transmit as the game is going on.
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People can debate whether it's a sport or not, but I have been to WWE events in the past and have seen that they have "runners" pick up cards after each TV segment. I always assumed they were taking screen caps from their show for their site, but I was proven wrong.
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Wifi is somewhat unreliable. Since the new cameras have a ethernet port I see what being the way to go. I wonder if they will try wifi for the underwater swimming remotes tho.
WiFi doesn't play well in water
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This article may shed some answers at least for some water sports. http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/con...=7-11678-12690
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