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What's in a World Cup photographer's toolkit?  -page 78

What’s in a World Cup photographer’s toolkit?

As the United States prepare to face Iran in a game to win yesterday, journalist PetaPixel wanted to find out and try to meet a journalist taking photos during the World Cup to see what important equipment he is carrying in his important camera bag.

Simon Bruty is in Qatar covering Sports Illustrated’s semi-annual football tournament and he’s a Canon Explorer of Light.

He shared: “In terms of equipment, I wanted to use short prime lenses around the penalty area, so I had to borrow them from Canon or buy my own.

Bruty is a British photographer living in Washington DC, he carries three Canon R3 bodies and an R5 with countless lenses to choose from.

“The RF 400mm 2.8 will be my favorite lens. I want to use both the 135mm f/2 and the RF 85mm f/1.4. I also have a few short zooms: Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 and Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8. »


Bruty also has a number of remote cameras positioned directly behind the goal or at another vantage point in the stadium where photographers cannot sit during matches.

“My hand tools are the Canon R3 and the RF400mm f/2.8,” he added.

Bruty thinks that Canon R3’s simple anti-flicker feature may be the most advanced technology, very useful for professional photographers or event photographers.

“The billboards around the yard are all LED lights”. He explains that this flickering light can be a big problem.

While dramatic action on the pitch such as tackles and goals are evident, the photographer should keep an eye out for other ongoing stories, Bruty says.


Photo: Bruty (Instagram)

“There are always moments beyond the action that can sum up the World Cup. Zidane’s header at the Italian Materazzi is a great example of what I’m talking about.”

“I will also look at the fan as a story to be photographed.”

Photo: Simon Bruty (Instagram)

You can find more of Bruty’s work on his website and Instagram.

image credit: Simon Bruty.

Theo Petapixel