A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to be an accredited photographer (I got a press pass and everything!) at the Aegon Classic women tennis tournament in Birmingham. Having never shot live sport or even seen a tennis match in person before you might say I was a little thrown in at the deep end. But with having the whole weekend there, i had plenty of time to try and get the hang of it.
It was actually rather different than I was expecting, with thinking it was going to be very high paced and constantly on the go, trying to get the best shots. However I actually found it on a whole quite slow and monotonous process, waiting for the precise moments when the player and the ball are in the exact right position before you even think about pressing the shutter.
Also one massive difference I noticed from any other style photography I have done before (theatre, portrait etc) was that obvious with it being a live match nothing it pre planned and you have no idea what the players are going to do next, where they are going to run on the court ect. My usual process of wanting to have everything pre planned out before I start pretty much had to be thrown out the window for this one.
The rain did its best to try and stop play however over the qualifying weekend we managed to get a good 5 matches in on centre court (2 including Laura Robson which I was a little too excited about).
In the end after wading through hundreds of photos of awkward arm pit shots, shots of half a player and shots which were just plainly out of focus these ones seem to be pretty much the best of the bunch.
I also put together a little mini vlog of one of the days for you all, oh I am spoiling you ;)
Previous photography posts…
YOUTUBE – http://bit.ly/1OZ7v1c
FACEBOOK – http://bit.ly/1qtU1Ff
TWITTER – http://bit.ly/206TW6B
INSTAGRAM – http://bit.ly/1YeK3ST
PINTREST – http://bit.ly/1SbgcG9
BLOGLOVIN – http://bit.ly/1UI3N36
500 PX – http://bit.ly/296984s
My design portfolio: http://bit.ly/1MjTQGD
Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook: http://bit.ly/1SjgRWc
Etsy shop http://etsy.me/20dSJdF