No, that was lyrics to a song, it’s been 2 games working for White Rose Photos and although you think you know what your doing, yo only know a little bit!
You see, I’ve never had to use a laptop at pitch side before, never in the 4 years that I’ve been doing sports photography. Now that I have to use my laptop at pitch side it means that I also have to take into consideration learning from mistakes (aka teething issues). The first game that I did work for White Rose Photos was South Shields FC vs FC United of Manchester which was a pre-season friendly, Shields won 3-0.
At that game my plan was to sit on one of those really small collapsable stools and put the laptop on the flatside of my Peli case. Now for those of you that know me, you know that I’m not exactly a ‘small’ person and sitting low to the ground for me is not easy to start with. Put it this way, cramp in the legs can be painful at times. I sat like that for at least the 1st half but after that I had to stand up, making sure that I didn’t block any fans view of the game.
This wasn’t my only problem at the game, for the laptop I had bought an iCap Pro, this has a dual purpose, it’s a rain cover and also it shades the laptop screen from sun glare. Now on that day it was raining, I had my iCap Pro but I had forgotton the front rain shield so I was worried that the laptop may get wet, luckily the rain was coming straight down (you know THAT sort of rain) and I was able to stop the rain getting to the laptop. However, I also had issues with ingesting (uploading) photos to my laptop. Using a new USB card reader I thought originally that I was all ready but the problem seemed to be one of the USB slots on my laptop not wanting to work correctly.
Eventually, that day ended well as one of my photos was used in the Non League paper on that Sunday.
The next time that I used my laptop wasn’t for work with White Rose but was for myself when I visited Hartlepool on the 5th August. It was just so that I could get more used to using the laptop. On that day it rained (a lot more heavier than at S/Shields) but this time I was ready I had all parts to the iCap Pro so my laptop was well protected.
One of the things that I had changed though was that I had left the small stool at home and instead I was sitting on my case, long side up, which was how I would normally sit on the case. So with me sitting on my Peli case that meant that I needed something to put the laptop on. Since the South Shields game I had done quite a bit of research on the internet and I had seen photos of other sports photographers using something resembling a table. No, I didn’t take the dining table with me! What I did was buy a projector table top that fits onto a tripod and this has proved to be a very worthy purchase.
Today I was at North Shields for their EBAC Northern League Division 1 game against Ryhope CW, Ryhope won 1-0. I got there all ready to go, I was in the process of setting up my kit then I realised……………I’d forgotten the iCap Pro. Luckily it had stopped raining and it was due to rain when the game was on, the only issue that I would have is the sun glare. Still I got on with the job in hand and I was able to send off 6 photos at half time and then a further 6 at full time to White Rose Photos.
For the next game I think it might be best if I have a little equipment check list to go over before leaving the house.
This morning things started even better as I had received notification on Facebook & via email that my photography blog was in ‘Top 50 Sports Photography Blogs and Websites for Sports Photographers’. Here is a link to the article http://blog.feedspot.com/sports_photography_blogs/
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