A K2Photographic Published In Yorkshire Life Magazine

A K2Photographic Published In Yorkshire Life Magazine

After having two press passes for eventing at Chatsworth & Bramham, and trying to submit images to editors that might consider our work, I was really pleased when the editor of Yorkshire Life Magazine contacted me and asked for 6 of our images to be considered for the August issue of the magazine. K2Photographic still have a long road to travel in terms of getting work published, but one door has opened which is a good start to our ambitions. I wanted to post this for 2 reasons, firstly as we are proud of this little achievement, but I wanted to encourage others to keep trying, we know how hard it can be when you feel like you are trying and not getting any breaks.

HAVE YOU TRIED BBF?

BBF Why would you use it?

Simply because it separates your focusing from your shutter. Instead of asking your index finger to deal with two different things one after the other, you give it one single task (pressing the shutter at the perfect moment) while your thumb will deal with focusing.

 I’ve become a huge advocate for making the switch to (BBF) back button focus as a result of shooting equine events. I think it is one of the most beneficial changes I have made to how I now focus and take pictures and I personally think it makes a huge difference and improvement

 This BBF technique takes some getting used to, mainly because you will be used to your focus being set to your shutter button when you pressed the shutter half way down, then the shutter being tripped when you fully pressed the button. By using the BBF button to focus and focus only, you will be free to use your shutter button as just that, a shutter to capture the action.

 Check your camera manual to learn how to set this up on your camera and try it out, I am sure you will find it useful. 

A Little Colour Correction Tip Using Curves In Photoshop

Do you get frustrated with the colour balance of your images?

 

There is a quick way to automate colour correction using Curves.

From the top menu bar, click image, then adjustments, and then curves.

When the Curves dialogue window opens, click the options tab. Now click on the Find Dark a Light Colours. You also should tick the box that says, snap neutral midtones. You can save this whole process as a default if you tick the box at the bottom left hand corner. (save as default)

 

Now, when you use curves and click the OK tab, Photoshop will scan the image using threshold and find the dark (the black) the light (white) and snap the midtone shades by placing colour picker eyedroppers for you.

 

This process works for about 80% of images and you will achieve some great results. There will be times that this process is not as effective on certain images, and you will then need to do colour correction manually. However, this little tip will save you a great deal of time and will enhance your images greatly.

 

Which Lenses For Eventing? Think Outside The Box

What lenses should I use for photographing events such as Bramham International Horse Trials? In an ideal world if we all had the funds we could shot full frame lenses at a minimum aperture of f/2.8 with focal lengths ranging from 200mm to 400mm.

However, if you don’t have £2000 upwards to spend on a lens you will have to make do with what you have got.

One of the advantages of APS-C cameras when it comes to longer focal length lenses is that they are often cheaper and you get more reach.  On a full frame camera, a 200mm lens is 200mm, take the same lens and put it on a APS-C camera and you will gain an extra 100mm taking it from 200mm to 300mm.  One very important thing to note though is that you can’t take a lens designed specifically for APS-C and use it on a full frame camera.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both full frame and APS-C depending on your specific photographic needs and only you can decide what these might be as your photographic knowledge and experience develops.

OK, back to lenses for events. A 70mm to 200mm lens is the absolute minimum if you want to capture show jumping or X country eventing and don’t have a press pass. However, one of the advantages of x country courses is that at some places you will be able to get a lot closer to the action, so a 70mm lens might be OK. If you don’t have a 70mm to 200mm lens, walk around the x country course and find a jump where you can get as close as possible.  Everyone aims to take images of horses jumping, but there are a lot of other photographic opportunities if you think outside the box, so don’t let your lack of kit in terms of lenses prevent you from being creative.

I currently use the following focal length lenses

70mm to 200mm f/2.8

300mm f/2.8 Prime

I would like a 200mm to 400mm f/4

Take a look at the 3 images attached to this post, one of them was taken at 70mm can you ID which one?

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Bramham International Horse Trials Photographic Kit List Choices

If you are thinking about photographing an event like Bramham International  Horse Trials and thinking about what lenses you should use, read on.

Thinking about the photography kit you have, together with the access you will have prior to attending an event will really improve your chances of capturing better images. If you are thinking its all about telephoto lenses and then thinking I just don’t have the focal lengths needed, start thinking outside the box. Tomorrow I will be posting a few tips and helpful insights that will help you capture some great images without a press pass and a bag full of huge zooms. I will also pass on some little tips to shooting fast moving subjects.

So You Would Like To Obtain A Press Pass To A Specific Event?

The answer to this question is yes and no. If you are trying to gain press accreditation to an F1 event or Wembley it is very doubtful. However, if you don’t try you will never know.

We have just received our second press pass for the Bramham International Horse Trials  Event, which starts on the 6th of June until the 9th of June and thought we would share our experiences. If you are thinking how do you gain a press pass the first thing you need to do is apply for one. As k2photographic have obtained press accreditation for two international equine events, I guess we have either been fortunate or are doing something right when we apply? When you are thinking about an event the first thing to do is check to establish if there are press accreditation details on the events website. The earlier you apply the better chance you will have in being considered. Before you fill in the press accreditation application, read all of the information prior to completing the details, you may find certain conditions apply and if you don’t follow them you won’t stand a chance. If you have a website which highlights your photographic work provide the web address to your most current or best work. You are often asked to fill in details of your editor, if you don’t have an editor write Freelance Photographer. You need to act professionally, so don’t beg or lie. If you have taken images at any other events and were granted access by a specific person, state their name. The majority of press passes will be sent out on a specified date, if you do not receive one within this time frame, you have not been successful. The key to gaining a press pass is to be polite and professional, remember if you do not have contacts or a proven track record, you will have to just keep trying and applying if you want to succeed.