Pressed for time

(11/11/17) Pacific’s Ashlyn Fleming prepares to spike the ball against St. Mary’s Alex O’Sullivan during a women’s volleyball match at UOP’s Spanos Center in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D5. Lens: Nikkor 200-400mm @ 400mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 12,800)

I remember many years ago after covering UOP volleyball for several years,

I had a night off so I took my wife to see the Tigers play. It was my first time watching a match without having to cover it. We were having a fine time following the action up until somewhere near the end of the second game. I began feeling a bit antsy. I could tell my pulse rate was up a bit and maybe even my blood pressure too. By the end of game 2, I had the urge to get up and leave. I wasn’t sure what was going on until it hit me: I had never stayed beyond 2 games before. I always had to leave to make deadline for the next day’s paper. It had become so ingrained in me that I developed sort of an internal clock that let me know when it was time to leave.

(10/09/14) University of the Pacific’s Katrin Gotterba makes a diving save during a women’s volleyball match against BYU at UOP’s Spanos Center in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkor 200-400mm @ 400mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/4. ISO: 4000)

Working photographers know that deadlines are very important, especially so in newspapers. If I’m late with my photos, that pushes back editors’ decisions on what runs in the paper, which makes it late for the people doing the layout, which pushes back the people delivering the paper on your doorstep.

(9/16/17) Pacific’s Kaitlyn Lines cheers winning a point during a volleyball match against Cal at UOP’s Spanos Center in Stockton. Camera: Nikon D%. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 12,800)

Most people will see me take a picture that think that’s the extent of my job but there’s more. I have to download the images to my computer and pick out my best ones which go to an editor to cull down further. I have to crop, then tone the photos for contrast, color, lightness and darkness. Lastly, I have to provide caption information for each one. If it’s a sporting event, I have to match the number on the player’s jersey with their name.

(5/24/06) Graduate Alexandra Shaull has a formal portrait taken before the start of graduation ceremonies for Lindbergh Adult School at Calvary Community Church in Manteca. (Camera: Nikon D2H. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 80mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400)

Photographers doing other kind of work also have deadlines. A photographer shooting senior portraits has to provide proofs to their client for them to pick the shots they want then make prints in time for them to send out in graduation announcements.

(9/8/12) Newlyweds Kelly and Anders Ornberg have their picture take by wedding photographer Jerrad Miller at Crescent Lake, Oregon. (Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 190mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

Wedding photographers shoot hundreds if not thousands of photos in a single night. All those have to be edited down so that their best work is presented to the client who then picks from those, all in a timely manner.

(1/12/07) Delta College nursing student Kris Johnson sits for a portrait by Stockton photographer Wayne Denning on the college’s quad for a picture for her graduation for the college’s nursing program. (Camera: Nikon D1H, Lens: Nikon 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/160th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200)

If you’re looking to make photography your profession then you’ll have to learn to work within the time that your clients have form you to shoot and deliver their photos within a deadline.

(11/21/06) 3-year-old Garbiel Valeros, wearing an angel costume, has his portrait taken by photographer Cameo Rose of the Stockton-based Fritz Chin Photography at American Legion Park in Stockton. Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 400)

You might think that deadlines can put the kibosh on creativity, not so. Knowing that you only have, say, and hour to shoot and event can get you concentrate on what’s important and ignore the superfluous minutiae (though you also have to keep you mind open to those details that might actually be important). Once you get used to working within time constraints you’ll get used to it and meeting deadlines will become second nature to you.

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