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GLOSSY FINISH PHOTOGRAPHERS

Welcome Photographers

We love the art of photography, but we also understand the business. Over the years we have refined our process to allow us to walk the line of art & commerce. We created this page to help you get up to speed on what we expect and how we do it. Thanks for being here. We look forward to seeing your photos!

 
 
 

Photographer Quick Start


To ensure consistent style of photography between all our various events, Glossy Finish has adopted the use of standardized camera settings. These standards are important in maintaining the Glossy Finish expectation from our customers. Please review the required setting below and feel free to ask us any questions!


    APERTURE

  • Shoot as 'wide open' as possible. Preferably no smaller than F4, assuming your lens allows it
  • Use Aperture Priority to lock it in

    SHUTTER SPEED

  • Shutter Speed should be o slower than 1/1000
  • Auto ISO is preferred, let it ride as needed

    DRIVE MODE

  • No faster than 10-12 FPS
  • Mirrorless shooting? Dial back the FPS to something manageable

    FILE SIZE

  • No RAW files
  • JPG only
  • Keep files under 5MB out of camera
  • If you’re unsure, take some test shots and we’ll check them for you

    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Photos should be vertical and tight
  • Auto rotate = ON
  • Under lights or indoors – make sure anti-flicker is on
  • Format all new memory cards before shooting assignment
  • Two memory card slots? Please shoot on the backup card too
  • Always deliver your memory card (not your backup card) inside the coin envelope to be ingested
  • Take extra memory cards, coin envelopes, and batteries with you

PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS



    SHOT LIST


  • This is given to you before your assignment by the scheduler
  • The game time, field, and athletes being photographed will be on the shot list
  • Only photograph the athletes on your shot list
  • Delete any photos of athletes not on your shot list
  • We do not take random photos of athletes


    ORANGE BANDS


  • Registered athletes will have an orange band on their shoe
  • Only photograph atheletes with orange bands
  • Double check when you get to game that all your athletes on shotlist have orange bands. If not, radio scheduler to sort it out


    PHOTOGRAPHING WARMUPS


  • Take test shots before games and events to confirm your settings
  • Photograph headshots for athletes on shot list
  • Photograph athletes warming up without others in the background. See reference photos as example

1

Pre Game

Pick up your shot list from your scheduler, take new computer card and reformat it
2

Photograph Headshots & Warmups

Get to the field early,
double check athletes on shot list,
get headshots and warmups
3

Photograph the Game

Move around,
take 75+ photos per athlete,
and get candids
4

Post Game

Place memory card into shot list envelope and give it to the scheduler

Work Day Expectations


  • Plan on being on your feet for 10 - 12 hours so please wear comfortable shoes and athletic attire
  • Water and snacks are provided
  • Lunch is not provided. Plan on packing or going to concessions
  • Custom photo vest to wear and radio to communicate are provided

Photographing Baseball or Softball

    There are four (4) types of photos required for these two sports: batting, fielding, baserunning, and headshots. Below are some tips that will help you be successful in acquiring these photos.

    1. PHOTOGRAPH HEADSHOTS DURING WARMUPS OR IN DUGOUT BEFORE GAME
      • Take on foul line in open shade or in dugout
      • This can be done at the same time as checking for orange bands
      • Double check the face has good soft light
      • Work fast and don't interfere with coaches

    2. PHOTOGRAPH ATHLETES FROM THE FRONT SIDE
      • Orange bands will help designate what side of the field to be on when athletes are batting

    3. PHOTOGRAPH WARMUPS
      • Just in case your athlete doesn’t play that game

    4. BE FRIENDLY TO COACHES AND UMPIRES
      • Take coach/child pictures if applicable
      • Building a good rapport with the coaches helps us with photographing athletes during the game
      • Offer to take pictures of Umpires as this will help with field access during the games

    5. BE PRACTICAL
      • Not looking for the next ESPN highlight or Sports Illustrated cover
      • Get full sequence of action
        • Walking up to bat
        • On deck
        • Ready stance
        • Full swing

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