When Seb Coe & Co secured the Olympic Games for London in 2012, it wasn’t just a crowning achievement for British sport, but a golden opportunity for photographers too. However, unsurprisingly with an event of this size and scale, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) wants to put firm rules on Olympic photography.
The Olympic photography rules aren’t numerous, but they are quite specific and well worth knowing before you turn up with a trunk full of long lenses!
Olympic Photography Rule 1: No tripods
The key restriction that LOCOG wants to communicate is that no tripods will be allowed anywhere at the Games. This is hardly surprising.
Just about the only place you can set a tripod these days are those three holes on the beach at Durdle Door where photographers queue up with their Lee Big Stoppers and wideangle zooms.
How to work around this rule
Don’t count on bright sun even though it’s summer. These are the London Games, after all. Nevertheless, if you’re shooting outdoors your shutter speeds should be short enough to avoid camera shake.
If you’re shooting an indoor event, push your ISO up to 400 or even 800 (find out how to reduce noise at high ISO settings). Cameras are very good at higher sensitivities these days – now is the time to use them!
Alternatively, a small Gorillapod or beanbag can help stabilise your camera during a longer exposure.
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