Yes, things have slowed down. Yes, it is because we are lazy jerks. But it’s always on MMAFighting.com anyway, right? This is more our random journey through life in MMA. Meh. We have a tumblr waiting in the wings to keep us more active. Really been digging Fightlinker’s.
I figured I’d fill in the gaps by answering some questions we are often asked. Keep in mind, I don’t think I’m anyone you should look to for advice on how to work. I honestly don’t know how it all worked out except putting in a lot of hours. I don’t consider myself an expert, at all.
How did you guys get into MMA?
Okay, so I started out with a question I can’t really answer. It’s a long story but it’s easiest to admit we’re not lifelong fans. We did not see UFC 1 on VHS. Or UFC 2 for that matter. Both Casey and I come from a production background, mainly in documentary, and before MMA we did a variety of film and TV projects that ranged from cooking shows to toy commercials. We fell into MMA by accident and one day we’ll explain the whole shebang. If I do it now, there won’t be room for other questions.
Did you go to school for this?
Photography? No. Similar disciplines, though. I studied documentary production and directing. I shot production stills for friends’ shoots for several years before considering it something I could do for a living. Casey made videos all the time while living in Texas and worked on productions out there. Moved out to California seven years ago and just continued to make stuff.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot fights on Canon SLRs, I have a Canon 1DmkIV, a 5DmkII, and an EOS Elan. My main lenses are my trusty 24-70 F2.8L and 70-200 F.28L though I also have a manual 50mm 1.4 and a 17-40 F4 (that I never use). Ooh, and now a 15mm fisheye thanks to a great friend who I still owe. I sometimes shoot on 35mm point and shoots Ricoh GR-1, Konica Big Mini. I have a variety of other antique cameras and random things that don’t work or work sparingly. But as for what I use for work? Canon. Why not Nikon? No reason except that my first SLR was a Canon. I’ve had that EOS Elan since 1992 and once you have a few lenses, it seems impractical to change. I’m not a Canon or Nikon person.
Casey shoots video on a Panasonic HPX-170. A decent Manfrotto tripod with fluid head. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to borrow lights. We have a homemade steadicam that kind of works. Sometimes we shoot video on my 5D.
How do I get to shoot fights?
My best advice is to ask a sports editor for a paper or news site back you at a local fight (after at least building something similar to a portfolio – I’m assuming that you’re a photographer already). I started at smaller events all over California. And practice. Just shoot a lot. I just started by going to a fight at a local gym.
Um… Okay. I’m nursing a stomach flu, so I’ll leave this for now.
In Part 2, I’ll answer the questions from the comments… if there are any. Otherwise, I’ll make up some more stupid ones. Really, really stupid questions. Don’t listen to me, I don’t know what I’m talking about.