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Sep 07, 2013 22:32 |  #1

I would like the chance to photograph Auburn football games from the sidelines.

How is this possible? What is the process, does anyone have any ideas?

I am a season ticket holder so I'm not doing it to get to see the game, I have good seats for that.

The reality is I want to photograph some sports, I don't care who uses my images, I just want to do it.

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Sep 07, 2013 23:39 |  #2

Photojournalist passes for events

How do I go about getting credentials for shooting amateur sporting events?


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Sep 07, 2013 23:48 |  #3

Take the biggest camera you have, act like you know what you are doing, and walk on.

:rolleyes:

Really though do some searching and look at the links above. Long story short you need to be shooting for a client, agency, etc... and with the SEC being what it is, I could not imagine it would be an easy task to find one looking for a shooter. Not to say never, but unless you are a huge donor or have a certain "hook up", the sidelines are not for people just wanting to shoot more sports.


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Sep 08, 2013 00:37 |  #4

bigjon0107 wrote in post #16277706 (external link)
Take the biggest camera you have, act like you know what you are doing, and walk on.

:rolleyes:

Really though do some searching and look at the links above. Long story short you need to be shooting for a client, agency, etc... and with the SEC being what it is, I could not imagine it would be an easy task to find one looking for a shooter. Not to say never, but unless you are a huge donor or have a certain "hook up", the sidelines are not for people just wanting to shoot more sports.

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Sep 08, 2013 00:41 |  #5

Your photos need to be more valuable to the university or the league than the most expensive ticket in the stadium. You also need a portfolio that shows you can consistently get 'the shot'.

You may want to start with some local high school football, that will at least get you some experience and a portfolio. From there, shake every hand you can.


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Sep 08, 2013 03:38 |  #6

bigjon0107 wrote in post #16277706 (external link)
Take the biggest camera you have, act like you know what you are doing, and walk on.

That does work for smaller events on occasion. Every organization has different rules for media passes though. I would check directly with the institution by going to their website and seeing if they have a photo policy posted somewhere. If not, contact them by some other means and explain your request and find out what you have to do.


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Sep 08, 2013 03:41 |  #7

If you're not shooting for a publication you're going to be hard pressed to get a credential, especially at Auburn. Chances are, everyone is already covered, so just enjoy your seats and photograph a high school game.


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Sep 08, 2013 12:48 |  #8

Cheers all! Thanks for the replies. Yeah 'just walking in' doesn't work at Auburn :)

I put a post on Facebook and I had a sports reporter contact me. He started a business as a spin off from the local newspaper and is well known. This year is their first full SEC season, most images are standard images. He said he will work on a pass, trading the pass for images, which is what I offered.

I am happy with that deal and it is probably the best option for me at the moment Cheers!


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Sep 08, 2013 13:01 |  #9

stillinamerica wrote in post #16278883 (external link)
He said he will work on a pass, trading the pass for images, which is what I offered.

I am happy with that deal and it is probably the best option for me at the moment Cheers!

And I thought the USATSI deal was bad enough :confused:

And the main word of advice I have is please do not step in front of the designated "stay behind here" line. No better way to frustrate the shooters who are behind you....well that and trying to be super chatty while they are transmitting on a tight deadline.


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Sep 08, 2013 17:34 |  #10

Yeah I spent time watching them this week. I noticed no one really spoke with each other and I noticed a lot of the etiquette.


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Sep 09, 2013 09:11 |  #11

Getting credentialed for a SEC team is fairly hard. You need to be represented by a well known publication/agency that has covered Auburn before. Otherwise any small newspaper can put in for credentials.

Have the publication that contacted you look up APA (Alabama Press Association). While it's too late this year, you can get 1 or 2 passes for Auburn and Alabama games. A small local paper has done this before.

There's probably a cost to joining APA though.


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Sep 09, 2013 13:45 |  #12

stillinamerica wrote in post #16279605 (external link)
Yeah I spent time watching them this week. I noticed no one really spoke with each other and I noticed a lot of the etiquette.

That's because they are working. Being down on the sidelines is not an opportunity to hang out with friends. Ah who am I kidding, being down on the sidelines is like a photographer reunion every week.


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Sep 09, 2013 13:46 |  #13

I usually bring ear plugs because of other photographers, not because of fans.

This week shooting Alabama @ A&M will be different. It is going to be rowdy.


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Sep 09, 2013 15:50 |  #14

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I usually bring ear plugs because of other photographers, not because of fans.

This week shooting Alabama @ A&M will be different. It is going to be rowdy.

Off topic: Looking forward to it. Where can we see your results? We're huge Alabama fans. Actually, my wife is a huge Alabama fan, and I usually try to tolerate it... I'm just a fan of quality sports photography.


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Sep 09, 2013 16:01 |  #15

I will post some highlights here in the sports section. More will be on my blog/fan page.


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