darrell52 wrote in post #16240618
Let me explain. Firstly, I don't own a 1Dx but that's not my point. Last week I shot the PEI Jazz & Blues Festival to provide images for their website ASAP as well as for future promotion/marketing. I took images until 12 midnight or so and had 15-20 images back to them for use on their website by 9:00 the next morning. Pretty good turn around, I'd say. The thing is, by the time my images hit the website there were already many similar shots posted by individuals directly from the event... stills and video provided almost instantaneously. Clearly image quality was different, mine shot with a 5D mkiii 70-200 f/2.8 combo versus the iPhone 5, but in some instances quality was secondary. Being first is most important. As event photographers what is the current theory on real time and conventional event photography and what are the best options. I'm thinking I will need to start packing a Sony DSC RX1. Thoughts?
Newspaper and deadline photographers routinely turn around dozens of event images in short order for print and online galleries. They use Macbooks at events to select, ingest, caption and upload images to photo desks. This process has nothing to do with equipment. It's regularly done by Nikon and Canon shooters. Achieving this requires the correct technique and experience with quick processing.
It's typical at a sporting event for a newspaper deadline photographer to take a collection of first-half images, copy them to a Macbook, rapidly select the most useful pictures, prepare them and add captions, upload them to a newspaper's photo desk using WiFi or EVDO, then take pictures of third quarter action.
Much of the trick is to be absolutely aware of the location of your best images on a memory card, to know how to find them fast and to control your equipment so that the image files need a minimum of post processing
Saving time may include creating only JPEG files that are ready to go as shot. Also, you may need to develop an attitude that as a photographer, you will not control the final product or use of your images, and it'll be up to editors and page designers to make those decisions.
If you get a reputation of missing a publication's tight deadlines, you'll be searching for new work in short order.
If you need until "the next morning," that's not fast enough for deadline work.