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The available lighting at indoor youth sport venues can vary a lot. Often the overhead lights are similar to what you might find in a warehouse. To make matters worse there will almost always be a certain degree of chaos as kids, coaches, parents and officials move about. This can be a tough situation for a photographer to walk into. Today John Pendleton of www.PendletonImaging.com shares his story of a tough sporting event assignment and how he made it all work.
Yesterday I had to photograph about one hundred young swimmers at a local swim pool. I had planned to use studio lights but during setup was unable to locate an electrical outlet. The maintenance man said the closes electrical outlet was on the other side of the pool and he had to locate an extension long enough to make a connection. Swimmers were already starting to signup and distracting inquisitive parents were busily pacing about asking questions.
Fortunately, I had a Quantum QF8N, Turbo3 and Turbo battery tucked in my bag. By the time the maintenance man found an extension long enough, I had photographed 80 swimmers. Experience has shown that during rapid sessions speedlights overheat and shut down while the Quantum system keeps pumping and pumping. I wouldn’t have lost the job but my reputation as a prepared professional would’ve been tarnished.