Here’s a few shots from my sideline shoot at the Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions NFL game on Sunday. It was a wild game, that went into overtime (the Titans won in overtime), but ask anyone that watched the game — it was a roller coaster and a blast to shoot (especially since I was shooting with the amazing Donn Jones and his Titan’s photography crew — just a great group of guys — a very talented group but they know how to fun, too!).

I feel like I did better this time out, and I actually got a few shots I like, but I still need to work on my position and timing to get where I want to be.

Trying Out Some New Gear: The Nikon D600
I have the just-introduced Nikon D600 on loan for a couple of weeks (for a project we’re working on internally) and people were already asking me about it online, so I thought I’d take it as my 2nd body for the game and see how it did. I’m happy to report — it rocked. Now granted, since this was an afternoon game I didn’t get to use the D600 for what it’s probably best at  —- low noise at High ISOs, for a night game or indoor arena, so I still want to try it out under those conditions, but outside of that it was incredibly crisp, sharp and responsive with really excellent image quality (reminded me a lot of the camera it replaced, the D700, although I’m not sure if Nikon sees it as that, but with lots of nice tweaks and modernization). A big bonus for me — 24-megapixels!!! (that’s 8-megapixels more than my D4).

(Above: Here’s one taken with the D600, with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens on my 2nd body of a kick return for a touchdown). 

For sports action, the frames per second (fps) on the D600 is 5.5 frames per second, which sounds fast (and is quite a bit faster than the D800) unless your other body is a D4, which is 11 fps. If this camera truly is the replacement for the D700, then if you used a Battery Grip with it, and used AA batteries in the grip, it should increase your fps to around 7 like the D700 did, and that would make it a great sports rig for a lot of folks who want this type of performance but don’t want to shell out $6,000 for a higher-end model.

(Above: Celebrating his punt return for a touchdown  by leaping up into the stands. The D600 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikon lens).  

(Above: Here’s another with the D600 taken at center field right after the game ended, shot from down on one knee with a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8). 

The only other thing that I wish were different (and I could be wrong about this), but I couldn’t find a way to assign a 100% to the “OK” button, like I can on my other Nikon camera. This is important for checking the sharpness, and while you can do it manually with a few zoom in/out button presses, being able to zoom in/out in one click to check sharpness is something I really missed. Again, there may be a way to assign that on the D600 but I wasn’t able to find it.

The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 at work
I always have people asking me about third-party lenses (probably because I use mostly Nikon-brand lenses), so when I heard we had one in-house I asked to borrow it for this shoot, because I’d heard some good things about it. I have to tell you, I was pretty darn impressed and wound up using it that day more than I thought. Check out the image below.

(Above: A sample of the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 lens).

I always do a few details shots along the sidelines (they’re great for slideshows, photo books, and just as supporting images to tell a story) and the lens did beautifully! Sharp, crisp, nice contrast — overall a great value for the money (it costs a third less than the Nikon or Canon versions of the same lens). It’s perhaps not the prettiest lens, and it doesn’t feel quite a solid as my Nikon version, but outside of that nik-picking I was impressed.

(Above: In the third quarter I headed up to the top deck to shoot a full stadium, 12-shot pano using the D600 and the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 and I stitched it together in Photoshop and created this poster for the team which celebrates the big win in overtime).

More Sigma 15mm Fisheye Action!
OK, I actually bought this lens last week, so now it’s mine and I’m loving it!!! I did rig it on the end of monopod (like I did last week at the Atlanta Falcons/Denver Broncos game) and I’m starting to get better with that rig (See the image below).

(Above: That’s the 15mm Sigma Fisheye on the end of my monopod at the pre-game warm-up on field).

This week, I’m happy to announce that the remote camera worked (shown circled below), and I think the reason why it didn’t work last week was that the sync cable popped out — I couldn’t get it screwed in, and that wound up bitting me when the cable slipped out, so I made sure I had time to screw it in tight this week).

(Above: There’s a long shot of my remote with the 15mm Sigma Fisheye).

(Above: Here’s a close-crop of the remote rig. More details below). 

On top is a pocket wizard, and a sync cable is running from the port on top of the Pocket Wizard to the Sync port on the front of my D3s. The camera is sitting on “The Green Pod” which is basically a beanbag with a screw sticking up so you can mount your camera on it like you would a tripod — it just screws right in. “The Cube” is a lightweight little cube to help you position or aim your lens. This probably isn’t the exact way they had it in mind, but hey — it worked. The shot at the top of this post was taken with this remote set-up. When this was taken, I was out at mid-field and I had another Pocket Wizard mounted on top of my camera (I was shooting a D4 with a 70-200mm f/2.8) and as I shot my camera, the PocketWizard sitting on my camera’s hot-shoe mount wirelessly triggered the remote unit, so I was shooting the same scene from two different angle â” one fisheye up close and one 200mm from way out on the field.

The advantage of “The Green Pod” camera platform is that you don’t have to get all sorts of permission from the pyrotechnics crew because you’re not attaching your rig to any of their stuff (if you use a Bogen Magic Arm to clamp to any of their stuff, you’re going to need lots of permission early on — with the Pod, nobody seems to care as long as it’s out of the way of where the players are going to run out).

(Above: Here’s what my other camera was seeing — a tight view into the tunnel at 200mm while my remote camera is shooting the wide fisheye shot like you see at the top of this post).

(Above: Giving credit to the man upstairs for the score. Not the officials in the pressbox. Farther up. :)

(Above: This is what I’m taking about when I talk about working on my timing. A split second later he had the ball in his hands and he turned and ran for a key touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The photographer beside me had that shot a split-second later and his was better. Timing is everything). 

(Above: That had to hurt).

(Above: Lions Quarterback Matt Stafford getting sacked late in the game).

(Above: This looks painful and awkward. See if he pulls out a baby calf! OK, that was wrong. Sorry). 

(Above: Matt Stafford in happier times).

OK, this I have NEVER seen!
I’m not saying it’s right or it’s wrong (it’s wrong), but this photographer actually had a tripod on the sidelines. I’ve covered lots of games, both college and NFL and I’ve yet to see a tripod on the sidelines. Monopod — yes all day — but whomever’s job it is to police that no tripod rule (if there is indeed one) was looking the other way for four quarters — just like the replacement refs (Come on baby, that’s gold! Gold I tell ya!).

OK, back to the game, already in progress.

(Above: Dancing into the end zone. You have to love shots taken in daylight — this one was at 1/8000 of a second at 200 ISO. Ahhhhhhh. Day games!).

(Above: I thought I’d include this behind-the-scenes shot of the photographer’s work room at LP Field. The floor tiles are designed to make sure you don’t rest your eyes, even for a minute. One nice touch: that chair in the center? That was assigned to a security guard who watches the room while we’re out on the field. That’s rare, but very welcome indeed. This shot was taken well after the game ended — it was pretty packed before and at half time).

The Icing On The Cake, was…
Getting to shoot alongside my buddy Donn Jones and his wonderful crew shooting for the Titans. Donn has assembled a team of photographers for the Titans of talented, quality shooters and people and they just love what they do, and it shows. One of the highlights of getting to shoot with Donn & Company is that right after the game they host their own tailgate party just for the photographers who shot the game (they affectionately call it the “Lame @$# Tailgate Party” but it’s anything but that.  They’re working four hour before kick-off, so they miss the chance to tailgate, or heck, even have lunch), so this is a great way to unwind after a long game, and I wish this tradition happened at other stadiums as well.

These guys just have so much fun (and so much yummy food — Donn’s buddy Al, who’s also on Donn’s crew — sets up a gas grill and cooks everything from hamburgers, to hotdogs, sausage and BBQ. It’s the perfect end to a perfect day of shooting, and I want to thank Donn, Charles, Al (my new best friend), Michael (the Sports Guru), and Mickey (who’s leading my Nashville Photo Walk for the 2nd year) for treating me like family, and for the honor to shoot alongside you guys. I don’t know what it is about these photographers in the South (like the Falcons crew and the Titans crew), but I’ve never felt more welcome and at home — many thanks for a day (and a game) I won’t soon forget.

 

About The Author

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books.

102 Comments

  1. Scott, you just know how to kick some…butt. Your stuff is amazing, like the remote setup, and the super wide angle shot of the fire up. Proud of you buddy.

  2. Hmmmm… The D600 is the first Nikon that has ever got me to consider moving from Canon… Seeing photos from a Pro is just gonna help… Time to ring the wife and ask to remortgage the house!

    Sweet pics.

  3. I truly like your game shoots and the explanation & tech spec that you give. The D600 seems to be really worth the money, I wonder how the 6D stands in comparison.

    I like the second shot while the main guy is breaking away. (sorry am not that good at the details and technicalities of the game)

    Any chance you can get a thread or a video where you compare both the D600 & 6D

  4. nice to read you dig the D600, have one myself.
    great post!

  5. Great shots once again. I love the remote setup and glad you showed us exactly how you did it. It was a crazy game to say the least.

  6. Love all the photos Scott! Would you recommend the D600 for my first FX camera or should I just get the D800? By the way, that was an awesome game! Overtime and everything! Must have been great to be there.

    • Hi Christian: I would need more info — what are you using the camera for, and do you need 36 megapixel. People underestimate what it’s like dealing with 36 megapixel images. For example, if you take a 5-frame HDR photo, when you open that in Photoshop, it’s over 600-mb of space for one HDR image (that over half-a-GB). Keep that in mind.

  7. Wow! No surprise, amazing!!!

  8. Scott, on the D600…your choice…used D3 or new D600 both about the sane $$ right now. See ya in LA buddy.

    • Hi Lee: It depends on what you’re shooting. If it was Action sports, I’d probably still go with the D3 (it’s a pro camera, the D600 is aimed at the consumer market), and it has speed and features the D600 still doesn’t have, BUT I don’t think it has video (can’t remember, but if it does, it’s limited). If video is important to you, then it’s an easy choice — go with the D600. Either way, you can’t lose — both great cameras.

  9. Hey Scott! Great shots, love the colors.
    Have you tried the D800 at a football game? I shoot a lot of motorsport and i always slam on my 300 F2,8 on the D800 and put it in 1,5 crop mode which gives me 450mm without loosing F2,8 which is crucial to get that creamy feel that i want. No need for a teleconverter which equals a bit slower autofocus and equals F4 or slower depending on the converter. I still get 15mp files which speeds up my workflow a lot during a race. And i almost always use wider lenses on my D4.
    It would give the same results with football. You should try it sometime. I guess the only downside is the high iso stuff, it’s good but probably not as good as the D600 since it got lesser mp crammed into the sensor.
    Put a batterypack on the D800 and you get better batterytime as well as more fps.
    I never use more than 5 fps on any of my cameras, i really dont need it.

    The best thing is that it’s also The Camera in studio or other times when you need that 36mp sensor with all it’s dynamic range. I think it’s the best camera out there, at least to me. :)

    Check out some of my racingpictures if you want.
    http://www.facebook.com/patriklindgrenfotograf

    • Hi Patrik: I have a D800 but never thought to try it for sports. That 36-megapixel thing freaks me out!! LOL!!! I usually have to upload images while the game is going on, and they usually want a 3MB JPEG, so I’m afraid that having to work with huge files like that would really slow things down, and of course the slower fps thing, but I’m sure the image quality would be insane. I really loved your shots from TTA Tierp Arena Race 7 — you’ve got a great eye for motorsports!!!! Keep up the great work! :)

      • I know, but i meant that the built in crop mode that gives you 15mp files if you use 1,5 crop and get more telephoto without loosing f-stops is usefull even for you.
        I do that and i get files that are equal in size with the D4 and makes all of the postprocessing faster.

        Thanks for your kind words about my work! :)
        When are you gonna shoot motorsport next time?
        Let me know if you´re in Sweden during summertime and you could come join me on a racingday.

    • Patrik, i like your racing photos. Great job!

  10. Scott, I can’t find a photo walk in Nashville led by Mickey. Any help?

  11. Knew I should have gone to that game! Happy to see your full stadium shot….because by the time it REALLY got interesting, I heard most of the folks had cleared out! Great shots (even when they aren’t great!) and commentary! Where will you be next week?

  12. Good to hear about your experiences w/ the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8. Been contemplating getting it and I’ve yet to hear any major negatives about it. I usually shy away from the 3rd party glass, but since I need to eventually get a 70-200 f/2.8 every little bit of money saving helps especially w/ the Canon prices

    • Hi Jeff: Now that I’ve tried a few 3rd party lenses and have been happy with them, I’m more and more open to the idea them, especially since they’re usually at least 1/3 cheaper in price. Ya know what’s a really kick butt lens for Canon? They’re 70-200mm f/4. Incredible value for a very sharp, lightweight lens. If you can do the f/4 part, you’ll love it (meaning, if you don’t absolutely need that extra stop to f/2.8).

  13. Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing…Collage should be college :)

  14. Hi Scott, great pictures. I’m reading is The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3, (of course I read and the two previous parts), and I’m thrilled. From here I would like to thank you for these lessons :) I’m fifteen years old, and I come from Polish. Thanks to you, my pictures have become much better, and the joy of shooting has increased many times. Thanks again, great pics. Regards
    (if there were any errors in this post I’m sorry, but gonna use the google translate)

    • Thanks for the very kind note Bartek, and as an author I am thrilled to hear the book is helping your photography, and the sheer joy of taking pictures. I wish you continued success (and your English was great!!! Much better than my Polish). :) Cheers and best wishes, —Scott

  15. The D600 fps will NOT increase with the battery grip Nikon has for it. Very disappointing and needed for sports shooting. I have used my D700 without the grip a few times and it just is not fast enough for ice hockey or box lacrosse. Now, for youth sports, the D600 should be fine.

    • Scott — did you try it with AA batteries rather than the standard battery it comes with? It only gains fps is you use the AA batteries and holder for AAs. I haven’t tried it (because I don’t have a D600 grip yet), but that’s how it works on the D800 and the D700, and I think the D300 as well.

      • I can not find where the battery grip for the D600 increases fps as it does with the D700. It was my understanding it would not. I would be pleasantly surprised if it does as Nikon (as far as I could find) does not mention that feature.

  16. The images you posted here are incredible – loved them all. Thanks for the insights re image size of D600 vs. D800. Hadn’t thought of that. I’m having enough trouble clearing hard drive space with all my D7000 photos. But I do love the incredible photos that I see from the D800.

  17. “…See if he pulls out a baby calf!…”

    I grew up working on a dairy farm and your comment was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while. Thank you. Thanks, also, for your excellent blog and the great demeanor in it’s delivery.

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  19. Scott, just wanted to let you know I really appreciate you telling us all about your goofs with your equipment and your out of focus shots. It really makes the rest of us feel okay when we goof up too. Thanks for making us feel human.

  20. Great photos Scott! I am very confused about what I have been reading about the D600 on the internet. Some say its better with noise at high ISO than the D800, D4 and D3s. Is this true and if so why would Nikon make a camera 3 times cheaper than the D4 if its better at high ISO ?
    I shoot mainly weddings and use a D3s and a D800. Should I replace my cameras for two D600’s since fps is not that important but low noise at high ISO is ? Thank you!

    • Jaques — if you read it on the Internet, it must be true!!! (LOL!!!!). I haven’t had a chance to test it, but I’d be surprised to hear it’s better than those, but if it is, we all win, right!!!! I’ve stopped trying to figure out big companies, so anything is possible, but I can’t imagine that even if it is better, that it would only be slightly better (maybe not enough to even tell). That would be my guess.

  21. I’m bummed about not being able to zoom to 100% with the OK button, but otherwise loving the D600 so far. The video function is really sweet too. Thanks for your report from the .. er … field. :)

  22. I don’t know how you keep your sanity switching back and forth with cameras that have dials and buttons in different places at high stress games. Great job!

    • Jennifer: The shutter and back-focus buttons are in the same place — I don’t change any settings during a day game, so it’s pretty easy. Even at night, all I have to know is where the ISO button is located. :)

      • I don’t see the AF On button in the product photos. Can you back-focus with the D600. And no, the D3 does not have video.

  23. Great post! thanks for making it real for those of us who would love to shoot a game.

  24. Awesome post Scott! Great to see the little d600 in action. Your photos are supurbe which just goes to prove that it is the photographer, not the camera that captures the image. To that end, I wish i wasn’t legally blind so I could shoot more sports!

    Keep ’em coming!

  25. Seeing that remote camera on the field during the run out… Scary! Makes me wonder if one of them will try to give it a punt! lol.

  26. Scott, excellent pics and shared commentary of the process. I don’t know how well you are disposed to taking this suggestion, but at your next shoot, try one with just your iPhone, a la Joe McNally. It would be interesting to present this at a future post. Think of the great action baseball pics taken by Charles Conlon in its golden age using just a Graflex single-lens camera in the early 1900s. (By the way, the floor tiles in the media room may be a form of HDR – hard on the eyes.)

    • I love the idea, and after I did the pano, I wished I had tried it on the iPhone which works wonderfully well. It wouldn’t have the same resolution as a 24-megapixel pano, but I bet it would do a decent job. Might try it this Sunday. :)

  27. I’ve read that the D600 is basically a D7000 with upgrades, and the one-button 100% zoom is lacking in the D7000, so I suspect it is the same with the D600. Great photos and great info about the new gear out there. Thanks.

  28. Scott, I’m coming from a D300, looking at an D800 vs D600 issues for me on 600 no external 10 pin for remote. Have you run into any showstoppers on the D 800, Issues with PS or LR edits ect

  29. Scott (and other readers), would like your thoughts on my next camera (D600 vs. D7000 replacement) upgrade. Currently own a D5000. Mainly want to shoot kids/family/sport photos. Need better high iso perf for all the indoor stuff, high frame rate for action sport shots (or both for night games) (to increase my “luck” if my timing isn’t perfected), and high speed autofocus for tack sharp pics. Don’t own any FX glass yet. Can’t decide to jump onto the FX wagon, or save some money for lens and stay with the top end DX (D7100?). Not in any hurry. Any thoughts?

    Also, want to get a long f2.8 lens… can’t decide whether to stick with the 80-200 f2.8 non-VR (new camera would have motor for this), or shell out 2x for the 70-200 f2.8 VRII, or 3rd party lens of same spec?

    Thanks.

    • Never shot FX before…is FX really THAT MUCH better at ISO performance than a top end DX?

      • Your choice for best overall performance?…

        SETUP A: High end DX with a 70-200 f2.8 (w/ VR) or,
        SETUP B: D600 with 80-200 f2.8 (no VR).

        Trying to figure out how much value I would get from the VR feature, or should I take that money and put it into the D600…since both lens are optically similar.

        Would you think the significant ISO improvement in the D600 would outweigh any performance (a stop or two) pluses given by the VR feature?

        Have about 3k to spend, and trying to figure out best combo. Much appreciate it.

      • I would rather go with the D600 setup.. It has better ISO performance and that might help with the lack of VR… But the D7000 will give you a longer reach.

        Btw, are you talking about the VR1 or VR2 version of the 70 200?

  30. Would you think the D600 is rugged enough for sports and backpacking? I’m trying to find a great system for multi-day backpacking and while I like m4/3 systems the image quality just isn’t of the same caliber.

    • That’s a tough one. It’s not a pro camera, so it’s not nearly as rugged — it’s more small and compact, so I’m not so sure. For sports, I think it’s fine, for backpacking, it might be fine, I’m just really not sure.

  31. Hey Scott!
    Have you filed a feature request with Nikon for the 100% zoom function via the OK button, yet? I think we all should do so to get them to include it in the next firmware upgrade!
    Have a nice day!
    Sth

  32. Wait, “assign a 100% to the “OK” button” can you do this on a D800? I couldn’t find a way… and I would LOVE that feature! Either that or how many “+” clicks to get the screen to 100% resolution? And I don’t think that’s the same as, “how many licks to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?”

  33. Scott I see many people trying to decided between the d600 and the d800 but my decision is between the d600 and a lightly used d700. Thoughts?

    • I’m doing some research on it now — trying to figure which one would be better for sports. The fps might have the D700 win out, because with the battery grip you get around 8 fps, where it looks like (haven’t fully confirmed) that the D600 max’s out at 5.5 fps.

      • Hi Scott, wonderful photos, I like colors and sharpness a lot, they really look very “natural”, with very high “definition”.

        Still I’m in the same doubt as Leila. I’m loving the 24Mpxel and the D600 high ISO but I’m asking if you felt its “small” AF Area as fast and accurate as you might expect.
        For many the D700/D3 and D300 multicam 3500 is still considered the best AF.

        What do you think about?
        I’m not a pro, I’m an enthusiast and my photos are mainly street photography, city and natural landscapes, portraits (I’d like to start with low key ones) and macros (flowers, foliages,…).
        But I’m me, not you, so I need a camera that assists me to contain the errors ;)

        Thank you, Sebastiano

      • Exactly how I was feeling. Would love to hear more evaluation between the 600 and the 700 before all those lightly used 700s are gone.

      • one solution could by to buy a light used D700, to use it, and then to sell it again to switch to a D600 in a month or two if you feel it inadequate for you, expecially for video capabilities or because it is heavy.

        I’ve now one with full warranty up to Jul/2014 to try (about 7600 shots), and may be I’ll do so.Really I’m not so sure to do this purchase but I wouldn’t lose it in case it is a good bargain.

  34. These are really good pics. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m no fan of American Football but these really show the best of the action and colour. Also great to read you mentioning third party lenses in a positive light. Most encouraging for the less affluent! Have a great day everyone!

  35. Oh boy, here we go. I’m a Canon user thinking of flipping over to Nikon. Two reasons, the price of the Nikon 600, and low light photography. I shoot in dimly, or poorly lit settings, where flash is inconvenient or just out of the question. What has been your low-light experience with the D600? (or even D800). Despite what appears to be “better reviews” for Canon’s low light capability, my gut is swinging me to Nikon. If necessary, I’m ready to cross the street.

  36. Great shots Scott! I’m considering upgrading one of my two D7000 bodies to the D600.

  37. Hmmmm…a Sigma 15mm fisheye…I seem to recall having major abuse heaped upon me by a certain someone AND his Honey Badger @ Tavistock Cup when I pulled mine out… :-)

    Glad you’ve seen the light!

  38. Hey Scott, love your work and I have much respect for the way you get people (myself obviously included) so excited about photography. I have a quick question for you, I love the D600 specs but I still can’t get over the 1/4000 shutter speed. I like to shoot everything from sports to portraits, street scenes and landscape and I can’t be bothered carrying around multiple stop nd filters for multiple lenses when I want to shoot in bright sun. At that point I’ll spend enough on nd filters to merit just purchasing the D800. Do you have any advice on that spec? Obviously I can up the ISO and open the fstop but I was wondering how much that spec will affect a pro like yourself. I shoot events professionally and use a flash but I don’t think the 1/200 sync will bother me but that shutter speed might for most of my creative shooting. Is the 1/8000 shutter speed worth an extra $900? I love most of what the D800 offers but the 36 mp is just overkill and a workflow killer. Thanks :)

  39. hi scott, thanks for sharing your experience with the d600.

    I was originally planning to get d600 as an upgrade for my d700, read somewhere that the max shutter for d600 was 1/4000… i like to shoot with my nikon 85 @1.4
    On the pic “dancing on the endzone’ was this shot by a d600 at 1/8000 ?

  40. Just brought home my new baby, Nikon D600 as a backup to my 300s and headed directly to your site cause I knew you would have already had hands on expertise.
    Love the calf comment!

  41. Hi Scott, Love your stuff, I have 4 of your books and they have helped me so much. Thank you.
    I have the D600 and I love it. What lens were you using for the action shots?
    Hope to meet you sometime, and take some pictures.

  42. The D600 doesn’t shoot 1/8000th of a second, were you using a different body for that shot “(Above: Dancing into the end zone. You have to love shots taken in daylight — this one was at 1/8000 of a second at 200 ISO. Ahhhhhhh. Day games!).”

  43. Obviously you can shoot sport pictures with great success with the Nikon d600
    That answers the debate for me

  44. Hey – if you can offer any tips on this (once you get the D600 in a crappy-light, night game or indoor): are there any special settings needed to maximize the crispness? I have a D800, which is different but pretty close (D600 came out for sale the day my D800 arrived – like you say, “timing is EVERYTHING”) — and a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII so…yes, a big variable is still the guy behind the lens, and I’m just trying to make that the ONLY variable. Reading some Nikon docs…Live View seems like a likely setting, which I haven’t been using – yet. Beyond that, obviously f/2.8; 1/500 (or faster); ISO (as much as I can stand); finesse on the WB…anything else?? I tried the D800 with the 2.8 VRII earlier tonight in the.worst. indoor soccer lighting I have ever come across – literally, not only was the lighting crappy to start with, but they did not even have all of the available lights turned on! – and was still hugely disappointed in what I was getting from my $5K+ of gear. ANY tips would be appreciated – thank you in advance!
    p.s. may be a trade secret, but how did you get your start in NFL photog?

  45. On second last picture, you said 1/8000 shutter speed. did you mean 1/4000 because d600 maximum speed is 1/4000. Just wonder 1/4000 is enough to freezze action,

    super picture by the way, way way better than mine.
    thank you

  46. Awesome post Scott!!!! Thanks for sharing your set-up, settings and equipment used. You’re awesome!!!

  47. Great info, Scott, thanks a zillion. I asked the ProBowl head of media and he said I could NOT place a remote camera ON the field. So that lightens my equip list. — 2 P Wizs — Beanbag. I did get a tiny cheapo ballhead for my monopod mounted fisheye. It comes with one of the Jobo Gorrila Pods (which in itself is a real handy tool,) Looks like rain and/or humid conditions for outdoor Aloha Stadium. Game time 2PM Hi time. The players are promising to play better this game…..or there may not be another Pro Bowl. Last year they were playing “touch” football, not “tough” football. Unfortunately, none of the Super Bowl players will be playing in the Pro Bowl. Too risky to get injured. I’m not likely to make it to N.O.( from Hawaii) so will watch it on TV.

  48. Hi Scott, I am a new enthusiast, learning photography ( mainly from self experimentation and your books). I just bought a D600 after using D5100 for 2 years. All this sensor dust web discussions regarding D600 are gettting me worried. I have shot about 200 pics since 3 days, see some minor form of blurred spots at some places, not dark spots though. Do you suggest returning my camera as its still under the returnable period? (Recent pics on my Facebook linked here). Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks

  49. So now that you’ve had more time with the D600, have you tried the high iso work in low lighting and if so how did it go? And for sports photography, would you take the D600 over the new Nikon D7100? And what about the dust and oil problems with the D600? Is that over-hyped on the Internet?

  50. the shot of the dude dancing was taken with the D4

  51. Watching the game tonight we had a question come up when one of the photographers got knocked over and dropped a camera. Do NFL photographers use impact proof housing or cameras or do they just replace these expensive cameras every time they are knocked to the ground and break?

  52. Scott, thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts using the D600 to shoot an NFL game. This past weekend, I used one to shoot an NCAA men’s basketball game. I still have much to learn in my craft as a sports photog…that said, the D600 did quite well in this indoor, low light setting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/billferris/

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