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Shooting My First NFL Game

As some of you may have seen, I recently shot the UK and U of L basketball preview magazine covers for Athlon Sports. Luckily, everyone down in Nashville (where Athlon is located) was very happy with my work. As a result, they are going to give me a shot at shooting some game action shots for them! I have done some action photos in the past, but I have been so busy with portrait sessions I haven't had much time for it lately. I have shot a few high school games this year and it reminded me how much fun it is being on the sidelines for games so I'm really excited about this opportunity!

My 2013 Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview covers

My 2013 Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview covers

Before they send me out on my own to shoot a college or pro game for the magazine, they wanted to show me some tips. As a training, Athlon's veteran photographer, Tim Clark, took me along with him for the Titans versus Jets game yesterday in Nashville. I was pretty pumped, but slightly nervous about the game. Keep in mind that most of the games I have shot in the past have not been in the best lighting conditions, which makes it hard to focus and stop action. 

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Rather than diving in head first with a new and very expensive lens, I decided to borrow a 400mm 2.8 from NPS (Nikon Professional Services). It took some getting used to, but man does that thing make a difference! Even though it was overcast and raining part of the game, the light was WAY better than the games I am used to shooting. 

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Even though the game was a blow out, it was still a great learning experience and a lot of fun! I had a shot list of players to make sure I got photos of, which took a little getting use to as well, but I actually really liked it after I got into a rhythm.

 What topped it off was that I got to see Paducah's own George Wilson play for the Titans. George has been in the league for a while and spent all of his time with the Bills until this year when he signed with the Titans. Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from the game. I have more to learn, but I feel like I'm off to a decent start! Thanks again to Tim and Athlon for giving me a shot!

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