Ever wanted to be a sports photographer?

17 01 2008

WaxHeaven.com has been blessed to book an interview with a sports photographer who has had his work used in baseball cards as recent as 2007. Obviously, he is getting ready for spring training and the 2008 season so the interview will take place very soon. If you have questions for him this is the place to submit them. I will use as many of them as I can without taking up too much of his time. Unfortunately, due to how busy his schedule is about to become and my deadline for the interview, I cannot accept any questions submitted after this Saturday night.


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17 01 2008
Todd

First off I want that George Brett card(fav player!) secondly a question… How to get started? and do you need to spend $1000 on a camera to do so?

17 01 2008
Mario C.

Excellent question, Todd!
I am positive that is going to be answered because we have already discussed it in great detail.

17 01 2008
Matt

First time comment. Just wondering, how much time to photographers spend researching the history of cards? I.e. do they look to famous shots of yesteryear or past sets for inspiration or as a model for their own shots? Which sets have been the most influential in modeling the photos of today’s cards?

18 01 2008
Joe

which baseline is best to set up on for photographs? And how does stadium lighting come into play? Who do you contact with clubs or stadiums to get field level for photo taking? I have done photography for about 10 years but this year is my first trip to Spring Training and would like to know. Only photos I have taken are form up in the stands.

18 01 2008
Dylan

Why have photographers become so complacent with taking mediocre photographs? The reason I love the Score ’92 and early 90’s Upper Deck sets is because they shows most of the players doing what they do best. Rickey Henderson stealing…Bonds making a Gold Glove play…Danny Tartabull taking a massive power hack…Griffey’s sweet swing…the list goes on and on. People may hate on early ’90s cards but to me, besides Donruss, they are the best cards out there for capturing players and what they’re all about. I even love how some players are clearly photographed during night games, a technique I have not seen since the early ’90s. It just seems like photographers are satisfied with setting up along a foul line and shooting a player hitting. What happened to real action shots?

Also, how do you feel about autograph/game used/combination cards that have a generic mugshot photo of a player?

18 01 2008
Mario C.

Keep ’em coming, guys! These are all great questions.

18 01 2008
JT

Sports photography was one of those dreams I had as a kid, but gave up on it because of the cost of equipment. How hard is it to break into the business? With the internet taking over so many newspapers, is it more difficult to sell your shots? Is baseball card photography freelance or do you have a set salary that you receive from the company/companies?

18 01 2008
Dylan

Does he collect cards? If so, what his favorite baseball card by any photographer?

If he doesn’t, what’s the favorite card he’s done?

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