Hello, I've been hired to shoot some photography during one of NCAA Mens and Women's conference basketball tournaments in the next two weeks and it will be my first time to shoot in the two different venues and honestly my first time to shoot any college sporting event.
I'm mainly getting shots of the sponsors choice such as these:
Outside of arena:
o Any branding of the tournament that include clients logo or name of company.
o People walking around the arena with any clients branded items.
Inside of arena:
o Game day concourse with clients branded tent and activation
o People walking around the arena and at the clients tent, partaking in our activation and using/wearing our giveaways.
o Branding of the court (clients & conference logo).
o Photos of the clients promotions during the game
o Photos of the clients mascot interacting with patrons at the arena
o Photos of check presentation and trophy presentation
So not a lot of the actual game I guess, but I'll try to get some of the game with the client's logo in the shot etc as well. I'm getting full floor media badge etc.
The questions I have are having never done this kind of a shoot before I just don't want any gotchas, and I don't know what the lighting is like in these big time college sporting arenas, hoping the natural light because of TV cameras etc is going to be enough? I have my 5D Mark II and a 24-70 MK1 and 70-200 IS MK1. I plan to rent a 2nd body and 3rd lens to have and use. What are some of your thoughts on a camera body and lens to add to my arsenal? I'm leaning towards renting a 5DMK3 or MK4 or 1DX, since my gear is older this is a good time to test some newer gear out for a future purchase. I thought about trying the newer 24-70 or the newer 16-35 or 11-24? Or should I get a bigger zoom, 300 or 400? Seems like these shots are more walk around "street" photography type shots, so maybe just a prime lens would do?
All your opinions and thoughts are welcome...