Monday, February 20, 2017

BCRR Winter Series Photography Guide

     Here's past events -
     Additional info, including course maps, can be found at .
     All races start at 9AM except for January 1st which is an 11AM start time.

     Camera Settings to Consider:
     - shoot in a small/medium resolution to make uploading to Flickr a lot easier
     - full Auto or the Sport setting if you'd like to keep it really simple
     - 1/500 to 1/800 shutter speed if possible (might require some higher ISO settings depending on the aperture setting) - even up to 1/2000 if it's sunny
     - Center Point Focus unless photographing multiple runners
     - AI Servo (or the Nikon equivalent) for photographing motion
     - Back Button Focus if possible
     - f/5.6-11 (5.6 for small groups and 11 for large) for group shots or 2.8-4.0 for individuals (if your lens will allow, but your best is great if not) - you might go even smaller than f/11 if it's sunny
     - a wide angle lens can create a great effect at the start or a standard focal length also works (as does a telephoto lens if you can get it all in from a distance)
     - a telephoto lens is often better for during the race to minimize the chance of the runners seeing you - a telephoto lens also creates a more natural look (including at the start if you have enough room)
     - shoot from the ground up whenever possible for more dramatic effect
     - try to scout out location for a nice background, etc. and not into the sun or whited-out sky if at all possible (but sometimes unavoidable)
     - when shooting in the snow a custom white balance might be very helpful (if possible, but not required) along with a +1 to +1 1/2 Exposure Compensation and Spot Metering on the individual runner
     - quality is MUCH better than quantity - it's ideal to try to get at least one good one of everyone, but your best is more than good enough
     - If shooting in the Boat House you might consider a flash, shoot in Manual, first take an "aperture priority" shot of the outside (Spot Metering on the sky or whatever's brightest) and then set the camera to that setting in Manual.  Then do some test shots adjusting the flash if necessary until you get it right.  That way you're setting the camera to the outside and the flash to the subject(s) inside (so that both are nicely exposed).
     - dress appropriately when really cold which includes boots, double socks, long underwear and gloves
     - it's not within anyone's control, but cloudy is enormously better than sunny so if sunny see if you can, if possible, find a shady area to shoot in

     To keep it simple I shoot in JPEG, whip through the pictures as quickly as possible on the computer, delete the ones I don't like (or are unflattering in any way), do zero processing and upload the keepers.

     Uploading Your Pictures:
     1. sign in to BCRR flickr page
     2. click on You and Photostream and then the Upload arrow in the upper right hand corner
     3. upload your photos
     4. click on Albums and then Create New Album on the right hand side
     5. replace "new album" (on the left) with the race name/date
     6. click on each picture individually to highlight while keeping the "Ctrl" key pressed down
     7. once all pictures are highlighted release the "Ctrl" key and drag all pictures upwards into the main body in one swoop (just by dragging any one of those highlighted)
     8. click "SAVE" on the left hand side
     9. let me know that it's done and I'll get the link from the flickr page

     Trusted Professionals who are Part of the Team:

     Jason and Angie Angus  (215) 490-2051
     Instagram: @kinddrivephoto

     Cory Steiner Photography
     Specializing in Family Portraits, Sports Photography, Parties and Corporate Group and Individual Portraits
     (800) 366-8051 and
     (215) 321-2329 home
     (800) 343-9747 cell

     The 2017/2018 Team:
     Covered Bridge  5K  -  Ken Ross
     Jingle Bell  5.3  -
     Cham-Pain  5K  -
     Tyler Challenge  10K  -
     Wild Card  -
     Polar Bear  8 -  Cory Steiner
     Honest Abe  4.6  -
     Terrible Tyler  9.3  -  Michele Szumila
     Pick Your Way  5.3  -
     The Half  -  Jason and Angie Angus
     Staggered Start  4.6  -