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Lauren Lakeberg-- "Enhancing Disc Golf's Image"
« on: May 27, 2011, 10:34:48 AM »
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During the 2010 PDGA Professional World Championships is Lemon Lake, Illinois, we noticed a young lady who was caddying one of the Grandmasters players, as if they were doing her a favor by letting her be part of the group.

Later that week, she caught our eye, but this time it was with a camera in her hands, steadying up in a great posture that clearly indicated she knew what she was doing.

Lauren Lakeberg showed us some of pictures from that Lemon Lake Worlds, and we knew that, to properly report on the events that we were broadcasting live, it would be essential to have some still photography to augment our video efforts.

We brought Lauren down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the 2010 United States Disc Golf Championships and were quick to realize that her work ethic, her creativity, and her talents would be a great fit for DiscGolfPlanet.tv. Indeed, we now consider Lauren our staff photographer.

Check Out Some of Laurenís Work for DiscGolfPlanet.tv Here.
Lauren was kind enough to share with us some of the top tips at photographing disc golf. Here is what she had to say.
TIPS FROM DiscGolfPlanet.TV Staff Photographer, Lauren Lakeberg:
1. Respect the players! This is my number one rule above all. If you have respect for
the players they will respect you which will ultimately allow you to get into position
for those ďmoney shotsĒ.

2. Always be prepared: since I never really know how long I am going to be out in the
field it is important to always be prepared. I always make sure I have plenty of water,
a snack, extra batteries, lens wipes, etc. On really sunny days I like to use a circular
polarizer to make the sky a little darker, that way the photos wonít look like they are
washed-out from the sun-bleached sky.

3. Timing is everything, and this goes along with having respect for the players. There
any many players that get annoyed if you snap the shutter to quickly before the disc
is released; there are two ways to get around this, one get a long zoom lens so that
you donít have to be so close to them and two, since I have been photographing the
professional players now for three years I have learned to recognize which players
can block out distraction more which allows me to be a little bit more aggressive
when they are up.

Timing also applies to being at the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough
to get Avery Jenkinsí winning putt at the 2009 World Championships in Kansas City.
At that time I had never been published and DGPTV didnít even know who I was,
I was just a regular Joe in the field with a passion for disc golf and photography.
When push came to shove, on the fifth hole of the sudden death playoff (with Josh
Anthon) I remember having to belly flop my way into a spot in the crowd and it
paid off because no one else was able to capture the sequence like I did from the
point that Jenkins released the disc to the sudden burst of emotion, it was an exciting
moment and I landed my first publication in DiscGolfer Magazine. A moment
like that is hard to come by, especially because in the history of disc golfís world
championships there has only been one other playoff and that was in 1987 when
Gregg Hosfeld won. My only advice for a situation like that is to be ready and trust
your gut.

4. Trust yourself and if you see an opportunity to shoot something do it, because if you
donít you will regret it forever. I also recommend practicing taking pictures of your
friends playing that way you can learn what works for you and what does not.

Canon 5D
Canon 7D
Canon Rebel XT
Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus
Tamaron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Autofocus Lens
Nixon FM2 (film camera)

Thanks Lauren. Your work has definitely helped enhance our sportís image!


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