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MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

Photographing runners raising money for Motor Neurone Disease at the Brighton Marathon was a moving experience, also involved a bit of planning of positions and a lot of cycling around to each point. The love and support which I captured had me in tears most of the day and I felt very fortunate to be able to photograph some of their stories from the start at Preston park to the finish at Madeira Drive, on a very hot and sunny day.

Advice for other photographers:

  • Pick 3 spots ahead of the day to capture most of the runners according to the light. Mine were opposite the Pavilion; on the road where they were running up then coming back so I could get the from both directions
  • Wear their charity top so the can see you and at least make eye contact, wave, smile – depending on pain! Shout the charity to get attention
  • Settings f4-f8, high shutter for no motion blur (if that is your style, use a higher ISO to help) Change the focus points on cam to match their face when staying in the same spot
  • Backpack with water, snack, suncream! Use a baseball cap, as we cant use shades, keep that sun off you!
  • You may not be able to use your phone to contact client, it was so busy in Brighton that day I couldn’t. They did tell me when the last runner had left, so I knew when to leave my first spot
  • Have the route on your phone
  • Get press accreditation from organisors
  • Group shots back at the charity’s tent
  • Shoot with a landmark in the background i.e. the Pavilion with a wide lens – The rest was a longer lens just for runners – Finish line wide angle
  • Ask about any special runners i.e. Unicorns, wheelchairs etc
  • Capture any stories, there is a lot of emotion!