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It's funny (and awesome) how you updated the thread the same day I subscribed to it...! :D

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Phil, thanks. Also thanks to other folks for contributing to this thread. I hope I can shoot more football this season.

Post #92, Aug 03, 2012 23:31:40


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Zivnuska wrote in post #14810766external link
Some pros protest that time is money and it does take a second longer to download a RAW image compared to a jpeg, but I suggest that there will come a time when you capture a key moment and want to create the best final picture possible. RAW lets you do that. Even if you don't know how to use the full power of RAW now, non-destructive processing allows you to go back years later and do a more sophisticated edit.

Phil, thanks for the update. With your statement above it's worth pointing out a good work around. Shooting Friday Night Football with an 8:00PM deadline the best thing to do is save images as RAW and JPG's on the memory card. (Or better yet if you have a 1D body save the RAW files to one card and jpg's to another.) I'll leave right before or at half time, ingest the jpg's, process and submit and be back on the field before the second half. If there are any shot's worth submitting but totally blown it will only take a few seconds to load the RAW file, edit then export.

Good luck everyone, and pray'n it's a great season for all. :D

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dwarrenr wrote in post #14835820external link
Phil, thanks for the update. With your statement above it's worth pointing out a good work around. Shooting Friday Night Football with an 8:00PM deadline the best thing to do is save images as RAW and JPG's on the memory card. (Or better yet if you have a 1D body save the RAW files to one card and jpg's to another.) I'll leave right before or at half time, ingest the jpg's, process and submit and be back on the field before the second half. If there are any shot's worth submitting but totally blown it will only take a few seconds to load the RAW file, edit then export.

Good luck everyone, and pray'n it's a great season for all. :D

Actually now 5dmk3 can do same thing but I get your point. having both formats is best.

I also hope this is good season for all. Last yr I only shot one or two games. I had problems with my leg brace and couldn't walk much. Hope this yr is better and I got a camera to let me shoot night time games.

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Something that I'm doing now (1D Mark IV) is to shoot RAW on my CF card and jpeg to my sd card which is an eye-fi pro X2 card. The eye-fi card will transmit my jpeg images wirelessly to my iPad. That is way cool. Cheap and easy too! I can do a quick iPhoto edit in my iPad if I need it or just use the iPad to evaluate shots on a screen that is far larger than the back of the camera. This is wonderful for any shot(s) where it is helpful to check images as you shoot. Having the images on the iPad makes it easy to transmit them to whomever needs them.

Very useful in getting images sent to a newspaper in a hurry (where quality is not paramount). Also great for checking progress during a portrait photo shoot. Later, I process the best images in RAW on my 27" iMac for best quality. The best of both worlds.

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I went with the eye-fi card at the end of the basketball season last year. Used it to setup a remote which was very helpful but have not used it for transmitting. It would help out and save some time if I had it setup to transfer to my MacBook...if only it had more range. LOL

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The points made in the original post are great, I plan to take them with me to the football game I shoot.

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the bible according to Phil
very good stuff

Post #98, Jul 07, 2013 18:36:51


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Football around here is already practicing. I have already been signed to shoot one of the schools near me. I can't wait.

Post #99, Jul 16, 2013 01:55:06


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Wow the photos are really very nice. You have done a very good job. Thank you very much for shearing these pictures with us.

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Sure. I've got one more tip for 2013. Whenever you step onto the field or court, make a mental note of where the scoreboard is located. At various times, it can be used to add context to your image and "Tell a Story". In the following image, the coach is giving instructions to his quarterback in case they get the ball.


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We can tell from the scoreboard that the other team has a 38-35 lead and the ball. It is 4th and 4 with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter. Even if the team in red gets the ball, they will have a long way to go and only 1 timeout left. All that information adds significance to the interaction of coach and player.

There was a change of possession, the quarterback marched his team down the field and about two minutes later, he threw a pass into the end zone for a touchdown and the win.

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Take note of the scoreboard. Plan ahead. Add context to some of your images.

I've got examples from other sports posted in my blog.

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Great stuff and advice Phil

Post #102, Aug 23, 2013 07:38:29


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My wife's grandson got recruited from the soccer team to be the kicker for his h.s. football team due to their original kicker getting injured. Tonight is his first game so I'll be trying to apply some of the tips in ths thread to see what I can do with my 60D and the 55-250 lens.

A longer and/or faster lens would be nice, but my camera budget dictates running with what I currently have. Should be fun in any case.

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good luck
Shooting down here is about 50-50
first half ya have some light
2nd half back to the cave

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I need to check out the wifi card
cheaper than a new 70D or 60D

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