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Interview with Delly Carr

Delly Carr is definitely one of Australia’s most esteemed sports photographers and on the 31st August 2012 at 12pm all My Nikon Life members get the chance to attend a In Focus Session with him. Some topics of conversation we’re predicting to be his recent experience at the London 2012 Olympics – If you’re a My Nikon Life member and think this could be for you register by clicking here.

YOUR NUMBER ONE TIP FOR AMATEUR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHERS?

You don’t need to be shooting the A-grade level of sports to get great sports pics. Look at what is happening at the local park, stadium, or beach. You won’t be constrained by photo positions, lighting, corporate signage, or time. You can control the image to make it what you want. And that way you can get great pics; pics that will stand out in your portfolio.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME POOR LIGHTING?

A wise ol’ photographer once told me that if the light is poor, then use that to your advantage. That sounds so daunting at the start, as it doesn’t take a mental giant to work out that photography is all about light. So therefore you make an image using what ‘ingredients’ you are given. Pan blur for example is one technique to portray movement, action, and a way to combat low light and therefore low shutter speeds. Nowadays it isn’t such a problem, with the low light technology that are inbuilt with the latest cameras from manufacturers such as Nikon. I can shoot up to 25000ASA without any grain or ‘noise’ in the digital image !

TO FILTER OR NOT TO FILTER?

Sports photography is all about the action or athlete. Filters are not needed to enhance that at all.

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING SHOOT YOU HAVE DONE? WHY?

When it comes to shooting the grand daddy of sports, an Olympic Games, then one needs to rise to that challenge. The world’s best in all the sports are at their absolute peak, so as a photographer you also need to be as well. The action will be at the greatest intensity you will experience as a sports photographer. So will the emotion. As a photographer you really only have one chance to capture it. So to meet that challenge, you too must be like an athlete and not get tired emotionally or physically. You need to be on your game from the first minute to the last.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND PHOTOSHOPPING YOUR IMAGES?

Thankfully not a huge amount. Sports photography is as I mentioned earlier all about the peak action or athlete. So I don’t need fancy effects or textures or colour enhancing to affect the mood or impression of the image. I would only use photoshop to lighten or darken an image, the contrast, or to correct the colour balance.

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