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A day in the life of a college football photographer

Time lapse of one day on the job

Having been somebody who has gotten up as early as 4 a.m. and staying in the stadium until the middle of the night to cover college football games, I think I can say without question that the work that goes in to one day of media coverage during the college football season can be grueling, intense and very tiresome.

Here we have a video time lapse of photographer Joel Hawksley, who takes us through his personal routine from a 2009 game between Ohio and Temple. He starts before the sun rises with his road trip to Ohio University, where it is Senior Day, and shows his process of shooting photos, editing, emailing and fine tuning his images, up until his drive home after a day hard at work.

From Joel’s YouTube description:

A short multimedia piece I made during my trip down to Athens to shoot the Ohio vs. Temple game. 

While I was primarily shooting for Ohio University (as usual), I was also hired by Temple to produce a few dozen images for web use. In the video you can see me editing down the selects for Temple and uploading them to my FTP server.

Time lapse clips were shot with a Canon G9, game stills with a Nikon D700 and D300.

I have thought about doing something similar for the 2012 season, putting together a video compilation of my own personal experience covering a game. This should serve as the inspiration.

HT: PetaPixel

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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