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First Time MMA

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by eng34ine, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Hi guys,

    I really would like your opinion on the following images. This is my first time shooting MMA and the lighting was a challenge. I have looked at posts by others as well as browsed online to see what UFC and WEC is posting on their site and it appears that the lighting issues are consistent with the event. Any suggestions that you have may make it better next time.

    Nikon d300, lens 28-70, 80-200, manual settings 1/250 @2.8, iso 1600 - 3200, WB-manual


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  2. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    For a moment, I thought that you shot these at the firehouse. :redface: These are cool Rolly, plenty of action especially in the second one where the guy on the bottom is tapping out. Submission is a terrible fate. Thanks for sharing.
  3. thanks Frank. It looks like I may be working with them regularly. I am trying to work on posters, etc. for them to sell as memorabelia. I also got a chance to meet and party with Shaquille O'Neil, Andre Berto ( WBC Welterweight Champ), Miguel Torres (WEC Bantamweight Champ) who is from your neck of the woods (east chicago, indiana.)
  4. A few tips

    If you're shooting a ring-based event, don't be afraid to poke the front element of your lens between the ropes (if you're allowed to) - most boxing photographers that I've seen shoot this way and it leads to far cleaner shots.

    Since the lighting at these fights tends not to vary, dial in all your settings and stick to them - including ISO and Kelvin WB values. Your lens choices are fine though personally speaking I always shot with a 17-55 as my wide... just in case the action got really close.

    If these examples are anything to go by, your composition skills are spot on. I always endeavor to shoot 'top-to-toe' action i.e. getting the whole body of the fighters in the frame.

    I know the old adage of "tight is right" when shooting sports but, with MMA, the action can go anywhere at anytime. I prefer a mantra of "shoot loose, crop tight" - since cropping in to around 6MP will still yield great images. Of course, I'd rather get my framing right at the time I press the shutter but that's not always possible.

    If you're going to be shooting MMA a lot more in the future, it might be worthwhile looking at a D700 at least... that way you can crank up the ISO wihtout fear of losing image quality and then set a higher shutter speed to better freeze the action, since 1/250 is just too dang slow for some of those strikes.

    Hope this helps!
  5. Thanks. All great info that I will take with me next time. The ropes are a pain in the -ss but they wouldnt let me get closer. The next event is a cage match and he said they will allow right up to the cage and also have a raised platform to allow shooting over the cage and down on fight.
  6. kiwi


    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    I think also to my eye there is a red cast on everything, red tint on the white ringside poles etc, no doubt caused by the red ring, lighting tricking AutoWB. I think i'd be using a preset WB reading and also using a whibal card or the like.

    Nice action.
  7. ofd678


    Aug 12, 2007

    It looks like a IAFF Local 385 Union meeting!
  8. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Nice Job! Hoping
    The "Spider" Carves Up The "Sandman" tonight!
    Keep Up The Good Work Rolly!
  9. Soooo any word on when your next fight shoot will be?
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