I have to say, it's great to be back at it again. Fall sports have returned and I've slowly been accruing new clients to shoot for. Volleyball was the first to get going at the end of August with football starting shortly afterward. I photographed Cross Country's lone and annual meet of the season, the Bill Dellinger Invitational, for Oregon and Michigan State. I was able to shoot a half of soccer following the XC meet, which was nice because I haven't photographed that in around two years. A volleyball match and two football games finished off the 21 Frames V month. There are roughly about ten sports home events a month (again we're talking from the 21st to the 21st here, not 1st to 30th). The Fall sports season tends to be less busy than the Winter and Spring seasons because it lacks sports that play frequently. Volleyball is definitely the most frequent-playing sport of Fall but compared to basketball and baseball/softball they don't really play that often. That being said I'm going to make the most out of every game and strive to get portfolio quality images. I also hope to get several new clients over the course of this season.
Now let's talk football. As you all know, I am interning under Eric Evans, a local freelance photographer and the University of Oregon's go-to guy for all it's sports coverage. I started working for him November of last year and was able to shoot the last two football games of that season as a secondary/supportive shooter. This year, my job during the games has been heavily rethought and vastly expanded. This year we have a four person team (side note: we've grown accustomed to calling our crew "The Entourage", a reference to our roles all circulating around Eric) in charge of producing photo content for the athletic department. My role in The Entourage is Digital Content Manager. I am the system behind our well-oiled machine. I am primarily in charge of ingesting, sifting, selecting, cropping and toning images and sending them to the Oregon Athletic Department in real-time, during each game. I also am in charge of setting everything up (Photo Mechanic, IPTC, Dropbox, etc) prior to the start of the game and creating photo essay galleries on Facebook and GoDucks.com. On top of all that I shoot pre-game, during the game, and post game when I'm done processing all the photos in my ingest queue.
So Saturday's are a little crazy for me.
Anyway, each month I'm going to try to get into a habit of posting by-the-numbers in each 21 Frames to give you all a look into the kinds of numbers that run photographers' lives, mine in particular. This month I created 53.29 GB's of photo content. It'll be interesting to see how much content I create over the course of 9-10 months of sports coverage. Over the course of a football game (including pre- and post-game) I, on average, process between 4,000-5,000 photos in real-time. Expect that number to go up as I get faster at processing and take more photos during the game. And lastly, the next Ducks volleyball game I shoot should somewhere close to my 40th game covered.