France v Korea, 18 June 2006, Leipzig, Zentralstadion: The Face Says It All

June 19, 2006 | By Shaun Botterill | Creative

An image showing facial emotion can make interesting viewing and this picture is no different (being as footballers particularly like part-taking in a spot of amateur dramatics!). I could see this tackle coming as I was standing near the goal, so it was great to capture this action shot. The game was quite a tense one for France, so it really sums up the match.

This image shows Eul Yong Lee of Korea Republic being tackled by Patrick Vieira of France and is around one of around 40 that usually makes the grade from around 200-300 shots taken, in response to Marco’s question.

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  • Marco Togni

    Hi Shaun, my question was about how many shots you take in one day in FIFA and I think 300 shots are not a lot so maybe 300 shots are in one action?

  • Marco Togni

    I think you should tell us more about how the life of photographers in important events like FIFA World Cup.
    You could explain for example how Getty can have images avaiable online only some minutes after they happens (I think that photographers have wireless to send photos to the computer with other people that send photos to Getty, is it correct?).

    And I think an important question is about settings on digital camera: how Getty wants the pictures? do you have to shot in RAW or JPG is good enough?
    Is it true that all photos on Getty are not modified in Photoshop? (I know that cropping is the only modify that is allowed, is it true?).

    Another thing that you should post on this blog is some photos of photographers with telephoto lenses: I think that pictures with more than 50 telephoto lenses in 10square meters are really cool!

    Thank you for everything
    Best Regards,
    Marco Togni, from Italy

  • Shaun Botterill

    Hi Marco

    Thanks for your questions, hopefully the following will help out.

    I’m going to take an action shot of the photographers in my team at tonight’s game and this will give you a better behind the scenes view of what goes on at the World Cup. Keep an eye on the blog as I’ll be posting this along with some commentary tomorrow.

    All staff photographers at Getty Images strictly adhere to limiting the use of Photoshop to just basic colour correction and removal of dust and scratches. The manipulation of images is a big no-no at Getty Images.

    I take an average of 300 shots per match. The general view of people is that they think photographers click the button on the camera at just everything, but actually there’s a bit more control than that – especially sports photography. I watch out for forthcoming tackles, goals and action shots and have to observe the game really closely and be very patient. Also, the pictures all get sent to the picture editor in the stadium so if they all sent hundreds and hundreds of pictures of everything then it would slow the process of finding the really excellent shots and posting them up quickly on the Getty Images site. We work in jpeg format which does the job well.

    So how do we get the shots up on so quickly? Basically, after each action shot, tackle or first 10 mins of game, say, I take the memory card out of the camera, plug it into the laptop and send everything to the picture editor in the stands. So, there`s a steady stream of photos going to the picture editor throughout the match for him to edit on the fly. He then passes onto another guy who crops the pictures where necessary and then they are passed to a third person who sends them out of the stadium. It’s all very fast and it shows great team work!

  • Marco Togni

    Hi Shaun, thank you very much for this very interesting comment!
    This blog is now in my feed-reader and so I will read this blog everyday because it’s really interesting!!! I will wait the photo that you’re going to take.
    Thank you very much for telling all this things about what happens behind the scenes.
    I’m only 20 and I don’t know what I will do in the future, but I think your work is wonderful and really interesting!

  • Marco Togni

    Hi Shaun I love photo 71268074 that you took about 5 minutes ago. I think since now it’s the best shoot of the game Italy-Czech.