Great sports photo industry story here on our new dedicated Sports Photography industry news page … PAN reader photographer Tom Jacobs who was one of the only stills photographers to attend the biggest live YouTube boxing event (KSI v Logan Paul) at Manchester Arena on Saturday night. The images he shot for Reuters were used worldwide on Sunday. Cracking effort!
We asked Tom how he came to set up the shoot and what occurred on the night:
How did you land up at the event last night?
I contacted the head of the UKI picture desk explaining that I saw this as a great story. 2 people who have built their careers from posting videos on YouTube can sell over 15,000 tickets and draw in 750,000 viewers on Pay-Per-View. It is a new generation of entertainment.
What equipment were you using?
I used a Canon 1D-X along with a 300mm.
What was access and facilities like for the press at the event?
I didn’t manage to make any contact with anyone dealing with press and was left totally to my own devices apart from being told I could only shoot from the balcony.
Did the TV cameras take priority? – what were YouTube using to shoot the Live broadcast?
I wouldn’t say they took priority as there were plenty of official photographers ringside. I did have to deal with a swinging TV camera that often encroached on our view of the ring. (Pictured below)
Were you allowed to update your social feeds from the event live?
Yes I would of been allowed but simply did not have the time to do so! Things move very fast in boxing you have about 30 seconds between each round to go through your pictures and select some to send.
Did you edit the images from the event or back to Reuters pic desk?
All I had to do was select the appropriate images and ftp to the desk where they imaged and captioned the pictures getting them out to the client as quick as possible
Thanks Tom, can we see a few of your favorite from your portfolio: