Portraits of the new boys

Took a couple of portraits while Dundee’s transfer deadline signings spoke to the press – one lit by flash and one not.

First up is striker Rhys Healey who is on loan at Dens from Cardiff City.

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Shot with a Canon 5d MkIII and 70-200 f2.8L lens (zoomed to 165mm) – Rhys was lit by a Canon 550ex pointed straight up at the white portion of the ceiling – Shutter speed is 1/200th of a second and aperture is f2.8 – Auto ISO which is limited by flash firing to ISO 400

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Into the new season

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We’re three weeks into the new season and I’ve taken a lot of photographs – a new season is usually quite hard work at the start. Friendlies are basically there to get players fit, so there’s few (if any) easy ‘run my way’ goal celebrations, and photographers like players are rusty at first – or at least I normally am.

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One picture sums up Julian Speroni

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I’m not a massive fan of testimonial matches, there’s usually little atmosphere and they are played at half pace but on Tuesday evening I was in South London to photograph Julian Speroni’s testimonial game and it was maybe the most enjoyable football experience I’ve ever had, including cup finals and European trips.

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Getting the scorer wrong

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I got asked on Monday how the media manage to get goal scorers in football matches wrong, I’m not talking about games being broadcast on live TV where they obviously have the ability to play back the goal instantly to determine who scored, but the written press and photographers. This followed SKY Sports website and a good few other media outlets crediting David Clarkson’s goal for Dundee at Inverness to Paul McGowan at the weekend.
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What’s the story?

No matter what you’re photographing the secret is to find the story, even if your subject is something as simple as football. It’s not just getting clean pics of guys challenging for the ball and making sure you get the goals (you’ll miss some unless you are getting frames from other photographers – yes that’s how some of the big names never miss a goal) and celebrations.

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Last weekend I shot Dundee’s win at Motherwell in the SPFL Premiership, a pretty much run of the mill game and not one that most people would think had much of a story, but there were several.
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