Chris, I agree that many photos are not good, but we are back to the point about what is the incentive for the photographer. To sort through photos and process them into decent images takes time, a great deal of time, plus the fact that you are at event from registration through to the bitter end in all weathers. As a competitor I would love more photos of me running or wobbling along on my bike but refuse to pay the hideous prices that large event photographers charge. I would happily contribute a pound with race entry even if I then choose not to download. Photography is a hobby I don't deny it but my hobby is actually landscapes, wildlife and macro photography. I do events to help out race directors who I know and who are trying to avoid the much higher cost of a professional photographer.
Shades, yes, very well thanks. Haven't been much on here for the last year or so and just ticking over on the fitness front. Bobo is running much more than me but hasn't done many events. You're right junior isn't so junior any more. Just back from a year in the US studying! Lucky fellow...
Sorry to hear about your DD event. We both have fond memories of Bobo doing DD, even the snoring in the bunkhouse is remembered fondly!
it's the finish line that I normally lurk at. I try to get some pre-race, some of the start and then cover the finish line. As a 1 man band I can't get out on the course and get everyone so sit tight at the start/finish. If anyone is interested the sort of stuff I do can be seen here... http://www.pitstopcrew.com/PSC/2015_Ashford_Half_and_10k.html
interesting debate. As someone who does event photography as part of my hobby I sell photos at about the £2.50 mark but even at that price point sell to less than 1% of the entry list. The price doesn't cover costs of travel and kit and time to process, not to mention the cost of maintaining a website, but it does at least recognise the effort made by me to try and capture someone and make them look good in the photo (ie lighting, focus, posture, background, composition etc). The cost of good digital kit is staggering so the argument that there is no film cost doesn't wash I'm afraid and most photographers will spend time processing their images in a digital lightroom in much the same way as film was processed. Processing 1000 images can take half a day or more (and is mind numbingly dull) so any recognition of the effort put into doing the processing is fair. The answer I think would be to charge a token fee (as said above) as part of the entry price to an event and the event organiser then passes that on to the photographer and all photos taken are then free to download. I personally would certainly be happy with that arrangement and recognise that the experienced sports photographers are most likely to get the bigger events (and attract a bigger fee) and the guys like me who are either entering into the profession or capable amateur photographers would cover the smaller events. The fee could potentially be negotiated easily between the photographer and the organiser and be dependant on quality of the photographers portfolio, availability etc. The current situation is mostly hopeless as nobody wins. Event photos are usually exhorbitantly priced (and not always that good) and the photographers are not covering even a fraction of their costs.