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
     - consider the Aperture Priority Mode trying to maintain a shutter speed of 1/1000 to 1/2000 if possible (periodically checking and messing with the aperture and ISO as needed)
     - Center Point Focus is normally best (keeping the dot on the person's midsection when photographing individuals)
     - more of a right sided focus point might be better for larger groups (start, etc.) even though you're probably using a small aperture (large number); although some camera's center point is just a better focusing point than the others
     - AI Servo (or the Nikon equivalent) for photographing motion
     - Back Button Focus if possible (setting up the shutter button for metering only)
     - f/6.3-11 (6.3 for small groups and 8-11 for large) for group shots and 2.8-5.6 for individuals
     - a wide angle lens up close 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 - although a wide-angle close up for the start is also pretty cool)
     - 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)
     - Sunny, Cloudy, Shade or Auto white balance (in most cases) - a few test shots until you find the one you like best
     - 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
     - Spot Metering or Center-Weighted is usually the way to go for individual runners and Evaluative or Center-Weighted for groups
     - 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
     - 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
   10. I then send the link to the Series Director who then puts it on the BCRR website and then sends that link out on FB and email

     Trusted Professionals who are Part of the Team:

     Jason and Angie Angus  (215) 490-2051

     Aimee Herd
     Matt Coleman  (570) 510-7176

     The 2017/2018 Team:
     Covered Bridge  5K (Dec. 10th)  -  Ken Ross
     Jingle Bell  5.3 (Dec. 17th)  -  Aimee Herd
     Cham-Pain  5K (Jan. 1st)  -  Heidi Neuhauser Hance
     Tyler Challenge  10K (Jan. 7th)  - Matt Coleman
     Wild Card (Jan. 14th)  - Amy Henning Axel
     Polar Bear  8 (Jan. 21st) -  Cory Steiner
     Honest Abe  4.6 (Jan. 28th)  -  Cory Steiner
     Terrible Tyler  9.3 (Feb. 4th)  -  Michele Szumila
     Pick Your Way  5.3 (Feb. 11th)  -  Norris Turner
     The Half (Feb. 18th)  -  Jason and Angie Angus
     Staggered Start  4.6 (Feb. 25th)  -  Aimee Herd

     My Marine Corps Marathon fundraiser in support of returning Veterans and Gold Star Families through The Travis Manion Foundation -
     (215) 321-2329 - home
     (215) 791-0674 - cell  and 

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