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    • Robert Baker

      Very little of my company revenue comes from commercial photography jobs and I think I prefer it that way. It seems that to get those call-backs, a photographer really needs to establish a relatively finite niche in a hyper-populated field of amatuer, amatuer-pro, pro and bored housewives.

      Thus, I try and keep my eyes peeled for interesting topics and jump in and see how I do.

      Women's roller derby is a great example of that. Have you ever shot roller derby? Typically, terrible lighting, hard to track your subject matter and even harder to capture the essence.

      Read in the local rag about a local group called the Sin City Rollergirls and decided to go out to their end-of-season double header. It was really difficult to figure how which piece of glass and camera and....when do I shoot video and when do I shoot stills?

      I did a lengthly blog post after-the-fact but here is the short version via video:

    • That's pretty freaking amazing. You made that video? So much glitter and attitude. Who are these women? I didn't know anything about this.

    • Yea, I shot the video with the Sony is my blog post...not because I am lazy but when I try and tackle new subject matter, the post-processing and researching for content is my full circle. Unbeknownst to me, one of the derby chicks I know within my social circles and what is cool is for most of these gals, this is their perfect alter ego. They could be attorneys by day and roller derby chicks by night.

    • Robert, cool shot. Have you done any more roller derby shoots since this one in late 2016? What have you learned since then? What about the Golden Knights? I think ice hockey might actually be easier to shoot than this sport, lol. But both are very challenging and I have a lot of respect for the pro sports shooters who seem to do this in their sleep. I was the in-house editor at HarperCollins for a book called, "A Day in the Life of the National Hockey League" and many of the photographers we hired were not sports shooters, so we sent them to cover the teams who were having travel days. But those who covered games did such a great job, and editing through all their photos really formed my deep appreciation of hockey coverage! My husband, who is an amateur hockey player, when to school with Bruce Bennett. This guy is an icon of hockey photography!

    • Oh my God his photos. That link got me to try and buy is book, Hockey's Greatest Photos. The cheapest copy I could find was $75 used at Amazon.

    • Robert Baker

      Whoa...very, I have not shot any more roller derby...if I were going to be a sports shooter I would be obsessed that every piece of glass I used would have to be 2.8 or faster due to the tough lighting and fast action...I am more into documenting the cultural experience and interviewing the subjects for a candid response. Bravo to your hubby for playing the puck. Seems inconcievably difficult to me...not really a hockey fan but it is really exciting to see the VGN represent...EVERYONE is wearing VGN gear and I am excited to see us morph into being a sports town..

    • Jeepers, that's a shot!

      I feel like I'm hijacking vegasphotog's thread, but having tried a tiny, tiny bit of sports photography, it struck me that it's technically challenging but, perhaps, might become repetitive from a creative standpoint?