Two weeks ago I was given the opportunity to photograph my first NFL game, which just so happened to be the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff game since returning to the city of Angels and my first time photographing them since we both move here from Missouri in 2016.
I've built a relationship with the managers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over the past year, photographing a few different events for them. They've been kind to me and appreciative of my work, making them one of my favorite clients to work for. I also love working inside of one of LA's greatest historical buildings.
I was really excited when they emailed me a few days before the game asking if I'd photograph it for them. The one catch is that they always need marketing shots, which often mean neglecting the main action that all of us photographers are so interested in capturing. This situation was no different. But, I tried to make a little time to make pictures for myself. There's only so much you can do in terms of making marketing shots that fit the bill, which affords you a bit of time to chase your own pictures.
This shoot also provided me with a fun opportunity to test out my new video camera (which doubles as my 2nd photo camera), my Panasonic Lumix GH5. The GH5 is known for being terrible in low light. If you're pushing past 3200, you're going to be wading into some serious grain. That proved pretty true in this experience, but it also proved fairly simple to clean it up with noise reduction and to still come out with a usable image. The autofocus also worked great, making it a great 2nd camera to whip up at the end zone with a wide angle lens when you're praying to catch that last second action in focus.
In short, I had a lot of fun shooting my first NFL game, especially without the pressure of deadlines and captions breathing down my neck. I was able to play around with new equipment and test different limits of it and myself. Sorry for the wide edit of images, but as an independent photographer who doesn't consistently shoot professional sports, I'm allowed to splurge with my edits when I get the chance.
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