What is the best and most challenging element of photographing action sports?
Usually nature itself. For great shots you have to go to remote places, climb mountains, lay down in the dirt or get yourself sandblasted on the beach. To be honest, I actually like that I would always prefer a challenging shooting situation in nature over a setup in the studio.
How did you get into sports photography? How was this area of the industry changed since you started out in it? Do you think this has been a negative or positive progression?
First of all, I do most of the sports I’m shooting myself. Well, not on a professional level, but I know what I’m doing with years of experience. That helps a lot when it comes to the right timing for capturing action.
After a while playing around with camera gear on the beach and taking photos for friends, people started to approach me asking if I could take photos or film them. That’s basically how it started and yes, the whole industry has changed a lot since then.
Everyone’s got his smartphone camera and everything will be shared on social media super fast.
If that’s good or bad? We will see in the future.
I personally think that overall quality (of pictures and journalism itself) has decreased.