End Zone Action Captures with Lee Heard

Words and Photos by Lee Heard, A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

"Setting up a remote camera in an end zone for a football game is 20% skill, 20% research, and 60% luck. When utilizing remote cameras in the end zone area for football games, I start with researching the tendencies of the quarterback and primary running backs. A lot of quarterbacks like to throw passes to the back corner of the end zones. Additionally, a lot of really fast running backs like to get to the corner and leap for the pylon."

"I typically set up a remote camera on each side of the end zone. One remote camera focused 2 yards deep in the end zone pointed slightly up with a 24-70mm lens and another remote camera on the other side focused 18 inches before the pylon with a 70-200mm lens. Shooting 30 fps bursts, I am fairly consistent with catching action shots with apertures around f5.6 – f8."

"During the recent UGA G-Day spring football game, I captured 6,000 images total from the remote cameras, but only 2 were really good 'keeper images.' With such a large playing field and dynamic environment, remote cameras for football are definitely a gamble. With proper research and technical ability this increases the likelihood of capturing that amazing game winning touchdown."

To view more of Lee's work visit his Instagram and be sure to give him a follow.



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