Shorthorn photographer Michael Minasi wrote:
Robby E, back, puts Garett Bischoff into a headlock during Slammiversary 2012 on Sunday night at the College Park Center. Bischoff and his teammate, Devon, turned the tide of the match later on and won the first tag team match of the evening.
It was my first time ever photographing professional wrestling, so I really wanted to get as much from the experience as possible. Since I recently got a new DSLR that could handle more difficult lighting conditions, I didn’t hesitate to grab an extra camera body along with a wide angle and telephoto lens - I didn’t know what to expect from the performers, where I would be allowed to shoot or anything - so that I could cover every base.
When I got there, the media relations personnel explained where I would have access to (and I would admittedly bend the rules on this for brief moments to get my shots). After a pretty decent wait, the show started. After the first couple rounds, I started to figure out the routine and where my limits were. Since it was fast-paced movement and I was limited in how close I could get, I primarily shot with the 70-200 telephoto lens and kept my aperture low (2.8) and my ISO high (2000 or so) so that my shutter speeds could be fast enough to capture the movement.
The key to not missing a moment is a mix of anticipating as much as you can, never dropping the camera from your eye, and a sprinkle of luck.
- Be prepared for a variety of shooting conditions including limited distance to subject, dark lighting.
- Know the rules and your limits - and then bend them within reason.
- Never drop your camera - you never know what you might miss.
Check out the rest of the photo gallery for more of Slammiversary 2012.