Sometimes, I think that being a good sports/dance photographer is like being a NFL cheerleader. You have to have natural talent and you have to have the dedication to refine your skills to be the best you can be. Not everyone has the skills or talent to be a NFL cheerleader and, likewise, good sports/dance photographers are rare. People are born with that artistic eye and the quick shooting skills needed to photograph sports or dance. You either have it or you don’t. But even then, you have to practice your skills to improve and become better. It’s not like you can go out and buy a new digital camera and all of a sudden be good. Nope, just like a dancer, you have to refine your natural talent with a lot of hard work and effort.
And then, there’s post processing. With the advent of digital photography, a whole new set of skills is required in addition to having strong photographic skills. These new skills involve what your film lab technician used to do. Now, we do that with Adobe Photoshop and it’s whole another set of skills to master. This is called your workflow.
It takes a lot of time and effort to edit and post process these files. Hours and hours, since I review and edit each file individually. On a typical game day, I may shoot 1,600 or more photos. Of those, perhaps less than 10 percent are good enough to warrant further consideration and post processing. Those are typically photos with clean backgrounds, good exposure and a cheerleader doing something special. From those, about 50 or 60 may be of the quality that would be worthy of including on the blog. Finally, I select about 30 to include in my original post.
Sometimes, I have a few photos that don’t make it into the original article on UltimateCheerleaders.com and since I started my own blog, I have decided to include them here for people to enjoy. Why here? While chatting with a few Charger Girls a few weeks ago, they told me that they rarely receive photos of themselves. So, I decided to include the remainder here for them to enjoy.
By the way, if there are any Charger Girls reading this, I will be dropping off a disc of the photos at the last game of the year. These photos are for you and your families to enjoy. So, see you at the Bud Light Power Party on Jan 3rd.
For now, here are some additional photos from the Broncos game.