Engaging with Sports Photography

15 March 2020

10:30 - 16:00

Whatton Jubilee Hall
Church Street
Whatton in the Vale
United Kingdom
NG13 9EL

Tel:0795 512 4000

RPS Member£10.00 
Non RPS Member£10.00 

Lead Photograph is by David Keep

Three excellent sports photographers, who took the activity up after retirement from their day jobs talk about the skills they have developed and the images they have produced. This should prove a highly entertaining day with some amazing images shown, and great stories to listen to.

Speaker 1: David Keep

David's website can be seen by clicking here

David Keep is passionate about all forms of photography and owns up to spending too much time doing it. He is well known with camera clubs as an award-winning photographer and highly engaging speaker who also loves competing in National & International photography competitions.

He is going to deliver a new talk for 2020 to us, which is called ‘Sports Images With Impact’ which he describes as “Sports images are very successful on the competition circuit & there’s no surprise why… they almost guarantee an image with impact.  In this talk I’ll share my approach to gaining access, technical challenges on the day & post-processing.  Sports covered include; athletics, squash, tennis, weightlifting, speed skating, high board diving & many more”.

Speaker 2: Michael Poole

In 2013, having retired, RPS East Midlands member and committee helper, Michael Poole decided to focus on sports photography after some success photographing a few sports he purchased all the gear before having acquired all of the necessary skills.

A concerted effort to build those skills and gain contacts resulted in him being appointed as the official photographer with the Nottingham Panthers just 12 months after getting kitted up and on his first ever paid shoot having to supply images to Getty, the Nottingham Post and the Panthers.  It was certainly exciting.

Within 2 years he was photographing the Rugby World Cup and the World Diving Series at the Olympic Pool in London and regularly photographing Premier League football.  During his talk he will explain how he went about gaining access to events and then joining a sports agency.

In 2013 he decided to go for an “A” panel on sport.  His third attempt at getting past the advisory day is due to be assessed on October 23 this year down in Bristol after a number of bumps in the road.  He will share his experiences and outcome of the assessment - good or bad - and how he has been helped along the way and what he has learnt.  The project has been far more challenging and rewarding than he ever expected.


Speaker 3: Richard Hall

Richard Hall's Flickr Pages can be seen here

At an RPS event in 2018 Richard mentioned to me that he had taken retirement and was not sure what to do now, so I suggested he embarked on a degree in photography. After checking numerous courses locally, he signed onto the excellent photography degree at the Lincoln College, which is taught by tutors who have been professional photographers, a course that comes highly recommended.

If we roll forward time by a year to 2019 (as I write this) Richard is now working harder than many full-time professional photographers I have known in the 40 years I have been in the business and producing some excellent work.

So it is with great pleasure that I have persuaded him to talk to the region about how he has gained access to major sports events as a media photographer and created a workflow that enables him to turn out the work whilst it is still fresh in people’s minds and newsworthy. He has already managed to gain sponsorship from his local camera store, as well as from Olympus UK themselves.

His images here are from the 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games where he spent four days shooting and producing the images that were used in national newspapers and the BBC and show athletes who compete for the sheer enjoyment of being able to. 

There will be free tea, coffee and buscuits throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch as there are no shops / pubs open near the venue

Stewart Wall MA ARPS
Email the event organiser
0795 512 4000

Region: East Midlands