Last night I was able to get cage side access to photograph the Shamrock Fighting Championships event that was in town. It was being streamed live online for pay per view, as well as recorded for television. Anytime something like that is going on, you know the lighting will be decent and the rules will be very strict. So let me explain what gear I brought with me and why.
The bag I used with my Retrospective 50. The reason I used this bag was I wanted a messenger style bag so it wouldn’t be in the way of the camera operators or patrons walking the floor. I ended up emptying the bag later, which I will explain in a bit.
I used my Nikon D4s and brought with me the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200. I actually only ended up using the 24-70 the entire time.
Shooting cage side is definitely a challenge, as you’re literally shooting through the cage. You have to find the right spot so you aren’t getting too much bokeh from the cage showing up, but you also want to be in the right position at the right time for when the action is at its peak.
The other major challenge of shooting cage side last night, is I was not allowed to stand during the event while shooting. As you can imagine, kneeling on hard floors for 14 fights started to become a bit uncomfortable. I ended up emptying my bag of my lenses, setting them next to me. I then flattened my bag and used it as a padding of sorts to kneel on. Granted, my knees are red and sore today, but not as bad as they would have been otherwise.
My settings somewhat varied, but it was around 1/1250th, ISO 6400, f/3.5 for most of the event with a few varying moments.
Check out some of the photos from the event below. Feel free to share as well, but please credit back to me, and don’t try to sell these or pass them off as your own.