2014/07/28 @ 13:04hrs - EDITED TO ADD It has been brought to my attention that I give the impression that I am asking for advice on how to make money. Please don't think that. It was my intention to spark a discussion about both sides of the photography equation - spectators and professionals. One thing I did leave out of my original posting (below) is the fact that my tickets specifically exclude me from selling any photographs taken as a spectator.
Edit Two. Someone has taken umbrage at my title and just about everything I have written. I have therefore edited the title.
Let me start by saying that I used a "sensational Byeline" to catch your attention. The Title is a joke to catch your attention, and hopefully provoke debate - my poor idea at humour.
Would you all be generous enough to indulge me and to pardon my rudeness? If you are willing to do so, then I thank you, I bow to you and say "Play on".
This evening I attended a Commonwealth Games event, here in sunny Glasgow, Scotland (it rained). I am an amateur photographer who has been noticed by universities for my photographs for my wife (who is doing an MSc). They use my photographs, after having asked, free - unless they use them for a published document. I have had photographs of military stuff published as well. The same goes for a certain other type of photography.
(Section removed explaining me having lots of kit - as it offended someone)
Over the past few days I have been at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. For those not aware these are a sport event that has an audience of well over one billion people world wide. I have been taken a few photographs. I have been purchasing hugely expensive tickets in special locations. These do not give me the advantage a press photographer has, but with the limitations that I am given I think I have some fantastic images. I would also love the massive advantage that press photographers are provided.
Here is what happened. I was seated at Row B, in a near ideal position for taking photographs for Rugby. I paid for that. The unfortunate thing was the row of seats in front of me was kept free for the press photographers to run backwards and forwards from one end of the rugby pitch to the other. I don't mind that. What I do mind are the hundreds of children who then take up those seats and get in my way. I paid an arm and a leg to get the seats I had to prevent anyone in front of me. They blocked innumerable photographs, including exciting tries (touch downs for our American cousins). I lost out on all that money that I paid for that special area.
I am willing to pay what professional photographers pay to sit where they do, but I am not allowed to as I am not news paper affiliated, or what ever the Olympic committee/ Commonwealth Games committee decide is allowed.
Examples of what I got tonight include photographs of people and chats with people no other person got. Purely because of whom I was with and because I had the camera gear that was relevant ( well, nearly right).
I also hate that I am limited on what I can bring in to take photographs with. I can't bring a lens longer than 30Cm (12") long. I can't bring a bag longer than 30cm x 20cm x 20cm. The bag must be a soft sided bag that can be squashed beneath a sports seat. I am not allowed multiple bags. You also have to carry water (unopened) for several hoursIt really does limit you.
Tonights gear was a Nikon D300, a Nikon D800, a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, a Nikon 300mm f2.8 plus 2 x teleconvertor. One camera and lens had to be carried by my wife and I carried the other camera and 600mm system. yet another advantage to professional photographers. I was lucky that none of the gear was damaged. To get to and from the venue I had to travel on the "Clockwork Orange". This is Glasgow's underground/ metro system. The whole network was worse than the London Underground at rush hour. I was terrify things would get damaged.
So, you professional photographers have it easy when it comes to trying to take photographs at sporting events. How do I get the same permissions to take photographs that you guys have? I want to be able to have the same opportunities as you. I am now wanting to sell pictures as I am now being noticed. I don't think I am a good photographer, but many other people do (god knows why, I still think that I am crap).
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