Soccer Six 2014 Celebrity Football Tournament

2014 saw the first ever Soccer SixFest, combining all the elements of Soccer Six’s expansive heritage into an amazing festival of football and music. Soccer Six went back to it’s roots at Mile End Stadium, East London with an event which was one of the biggest in the company’s 19 year history as it returned to the venue of the first ever Soccer Six – made famous by Oasis and Blur. With it’s imminent 20th anniversary coming up in 2015, Soccer Six enters a new era – using it’s vast and rich history as a force for the future. [source: http://soccer-six.com/soccer-six/]

 

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. Amy Childs and Rachael Riley during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. Amy Childs and Rachael Riley during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

 

So, on 31st August 2014, two photographers from eXtreme Aperture Photography were fortunate enough to cover the largest celebrity football tournament in the World, Soccer Six 2014.  This tournament at Mile End stadium contained a host of stars from music and television, including;

  • The Janoskians
  • James Arthur
  • Louie Spence
  • Amy Childs
  • Bars and Melody
  • Rachel Riley
  • Collabro
  • Hollyoaks
  • Overload
  • Harvey
  • Frankie Cocozza & The Telescreen
  • Kingsland Road
  • Lucy Kay
  • Blitz Kids
  • In Hindsight
  • Bailey McConnell
  • MTV Ex On The Beach
  • Ronan Parke
  • The Pow Pow Girls
  • Mazzi Maz
  • Jessica Steele
  •  Anais Gallagher
  • Sweetchix
  • Giles Potter
  • Adam Waithe
  • The Anyones

 

The tournament allowed many fans to get pretty close to the celebrities with many a ‘selfy’ being taken.  Photo opportunities were significant, with most of the celebrities more than happy to pose for photographs and there were even opportunities to snap a couple of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges!

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. Jessica Steele undertaking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

 

With around 12 or so photographers or so covering the event, the chances of getting images published in the national press were reduced, especially when I realised one was from probably the largest picture agency in the world, Getty, and they also had someone constantly sending off images to the news desks throughout the day.  I took time out on three occasions during the day to send off a few of my best images to the picture desks and managed to get some success with the Daily Mirror, with a handful of images being published on their website.

 

Daily Mirror Online Website

 

With a backdrop of Canary Wharf, stars like James Arthur showed off their footballing skills although is has to be said that in a number of areas, football skills were somewhat lacking.  This is especially true when some of the Girl’s teams were playing – having girls scream as the ball approaches them can be somewhat off-putting and so it’s probably best that a lot of them stick to what they do best, such as singing and acting!

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. James Arthur with Canary Wharf in the background during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. James Arthur with Canary Wharf in the background during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. PowPow girl's team with Lucy Kay and Anais Gallagher during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. PowPow girl’s team with Lucy Kay and Anais Gallagher during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (Cindy Odendaal/EAP)

 

The most popular of the group of celebrities taking part in the tournament were The Janoskians – who I must admit, I had never heard of before the event but they certainly had a large following and the other press photographers there were certainly showing a lot of interest in them.

 

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. The Janoskians team celebrate victory during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. The Janoskians team celebrate victory during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

 

But they did get my award for the best celebration of the whole tournament!

 

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. The Janoskians football team celebrate scoring a goal during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

London, UK on Sunday 31st August, 2014. The Janoskians football team celebrate scoring a goal during the Soccer Six charity celebrity football tournament at Mile End Stadium, London. (David Horn/EAP)

 

To see all the images from the event CLICK HERE

 

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FREE FOOTBALL PHOTOS COMPETITION – NOVEMBER 2013

COMPETITION TIME

Free Football Photos

eXtreme Aperture Photography are offering the chance to win the services of a Professional Football Photographer to provide you with free football photos from a 2013/14 season game across Beds, Bucks, Essex, Herts or London. The competition winner will receive a memory stick containing a set of high resolution images from a game agreed between the competition winner and eXtreme Aperture Photography. The images will include; Player Profile images, Team Photo and action images from the game.

The value of this prize is up to £200 

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Images can be used for any purpose the competition winner sees fit. Uses may include, displaying on your website/facebook page, selling to players/fans to raise money for your club, or even just giving away to your players/fans

Closing Date 30/11/13

 

 

How to Enter How to Enter

1. Head over to the eXtreme Aperture Photography facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ExtremeAperture

2. Click the ‘Like’ button (if you haven’t already)

3. Find the pinned Post about this competition

4. Click the ‘Share‘ button on the post and share it on your own timeline

5. Now get all your players and fans to enter to increase the chances of your team being chosen

The Small Print The Small Print

    1. The date of the game to be covered will be agreed between both the competition winner and eXtreme Aperture Photography
    2. For Player profile and Team photos, all players must be available to have their images taken at least 30 minutes before kick off
    3. Digital images will be delivered, by post, within 14 days of the game being played
    4. Games must be played across Beds, Bucks, Essex, Herts or London (if in any doubt contact us before entering)
    5. No entries after 30th November 2013 will accepted
    6. Images can be made available for free electronic download form eXtreme Aperture’s website for an additional cost of £20
    7. Copyright of all images remains with eXtreme Aperture Photography who can use the images for any purpose
    8. No printed images will be supplied without any additional cost
    9. The competition winner must have ‘Liked‘ the eXtreme Aperture facebook page AND ‘shared’ the competition post on their timeline
    10. The game covered cannot be subject to any specific media restrictions, such as Conference level and above.
    11. The game to be covered must be played before 30 April 2014
    12. The game to be covered will be 90 minutes in duration
    13. Any cup semi-final or final is excluded from the game that can be covered

   

Action Images

Action Images

Action Images

Pre Season Football Photo Shoot

Started your preparations for the new Football Season?

Why not add a pre-season football photo shoot into your preparations?

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Extreme Aperture Photography will come to a pre season training session or pre-season friendly game and conduct a professional pre season football photo shoot for your players and coaching staff.  We’ll use our experience together with professional camera equipment, including off-camera flash, to provide you with a portfolio of high quality, high resolution images that can be used for;

– Updating and refreshing your website

– Keeping your social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter fresh, up to date and rich in visual content

– Including in match reports throughout the season, adding images of Player of the Match, or Goalscorers

– Providing to sponsors

– Selling back to players, players’ families and supporters to raise funds for the club

– Using on club merchandise, such as Calendars and postcards

– Promoting your club and enhancing the image of your club

 

The type of images you would get as part of this package include;

  • Traditional Team photos
  • Traditional ‘Head and Shoulder’ stock images of each player and member of the coaching staff
  • Stock images of each outfield player running towards the camera with the ball at their feet and heading a ball
  • Goalkeeper’s making a save and taking a goal kick
  • Portrait images of each player and member of the coaching staff
  • Portait images of player groups – e.g. goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards, coaching staff etc.
  • Action images, if the photo shoot takes place prior to a pre-season friendly (additional cost)

 

All we need from you is your co-operation during the photo shoot, helping to ensure all players are covered for each type of image taken and ensuring each person is available at the correct time – we will work closely with you to make this a very efficient process.  If you have a club house or indoor area, we can also set up our portable studio to enhance the images further.

The cost of the photo shoot starts at £50, which includes a total of 15 high resolution images from the many images that will be taken.  Additional images can then be purchased at £10 each.   For a complete set of high resolution images taken, the cost of the package is £200.  We can also work closely with you to put together a package that meets your requirements if  you have any specific needs or budgetary limitations.

If you’re interested in finding out more, or making a booking, then please get in touch – the first two bookings for the 2013/14 season will receive the top end package for £150!

 

Give us a call on 07545 970036 

 Let eXtreme Aperture Photography conduct your pre season football photo shoot!

 

Beginner’s Guide to Football Photography

 

We’ve all seen the press sitting behind the goal at Premier league, Champions league and international  games with their big white lenses and top of the range cameras but do you really need that level of equipment to take good quality images of your team down at the local playing fields?

Unless you’re competing with other photographers to get on the back page of the daily tabloids then the answer is NO! This article will provide you with a few basic tips that will help you capture some images you’re proud of – that do your team justice and help promote your team.

Whether it’s to use on facebook, team websites, and whether you’re looking to capture action, team or individual shots, then enjoy!

 

 

 

The Basics!

1.  Get Down Low!

The single biggest difference you can make to your football images is to get down low.  Don’t stand, sit on a small stool, or even on the grass.  This gives much more impact to your images by helping the players fill the frame and putting the viewer of the images at the same level as the players – putting them in the thick of the action.  This is something that anyone taking football photographs can do, whatever camera they are using.  This will make your images stand out from the normal images you’ll see.

 

2.  Use a fast shutter speed 

Which camera you’re using will determine how much control you have over your camera’s shutter speed.  If your camera’s shutter speed is too low, you’ll have blurred images.  To correctly expose your images, your camera takes into account a number of factors, the main one is how much light there is – light is your friend. The more light there is, the less time the shutter needs to be open in order to capture enough light to correctly expose your image.  If the shutter has to be open a long time to capture enough light, the greater motion blur you’ll get in your image.

Most cameras now have a sport mode – try starting with this.  This will tell the camera to adjust all its settings in order to get the fastest shutter speed possible.  The camera will increase the sensor’s sensitivity to light (known as ISO) and open up the camera’s aperture in order to let as much light in as possible.  There are trade off’s with these – a high ISO image will appear more grainy (known as Noise) and a wide open aperture will restrict the area of the image that is in focus (known as Depth of Field).  With SLR cameras you have more control on how the camera adjusts its settings to get the fastest shutter speed, allowing you to balance the Shutter Speed,  Noise and Depth of Field  to achieve the effect you want.

 

3.  Pick your location wisely

Before you even take your first photo, you’ll need to decide where to locate yourself.  The biggest mistake you can make here is to move around, trying to chase the game.  Pick a spot and stick with it, otherwise you’ll spend more time moving around than taking photos – it’ll also be more tiring that you would have thought!

The first consideration is the sun – you should be looking to shoot with the sun behind you or, at least, not facing directly into it.  Also, try to get clean backgrounds – images will look much better with hedges and trees in the background rather than different coloured cars in the car park!

There are three locations you should consider; 1) the half way line, 2) on the touch line level with the 18 yard box (avoid the side with the referee’s assistant running in front of you!), and 3) on the goal line – about 10 yards in from the corner flag.  I find a get a higher number of good shots at position 1) or 2) but the best shots from position 3).

 

4.  Anticipate the action

If you see the action you want to capture through your camera, you’ve probably missed the opportunity to capture it!

Even on ‘top of the range’ cameras there’s a gap between the time when you press the shutter button and when the image is captured (shutter lag) but the further down you go in the range, the longer this gap will be.

When you’re capturing an image of someone running towards you with the ball this isn’t so much of an issue but when you want to get that image of the ball compression as someone heads or kicks the ball then you’re going to need to get to know your camera’s shutter lag and anticipate the action early enough.

One way I do this is to look at the body language of the players through the viewfinder to judge when they are about to head or kick the ball.  It’s going to take a lot of practice and a little bit of luck but persevere to get that shot.

Some cameras also have a burst mode, this can help a little, capturing several shots as you press the shutter release or keep your finger on it – some of the top range cameras will capture over 10 images per second like this but you’d be surprised at how you can still miss that vital moment!

 

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1st Season at Redbridge FC (2011/12)

Katie Thwaites(physio), Danny Hopkins, James Robinson, Ryan Oliva, Nathan Gordon, Joe Gardner, Edward Wooten, Lewis Dark, Adam Rafis(left club), Jonathan Wheatstone(left club), Ryan Murray, Glen Golby, Stuart Hepburn, Shane Stamp(left club), Aarun Best, Vincent Durrant, Mitchell Das, Larry Woods, Tony Smith, Tommy Spillane, Jamie Haywood, Darran George, Terry Spillane, Jody Brown, Ben Bradbury(left club), William Sendall, Dan Trenkel(left club)

 September 2011 marked the start of my time as the official photographer of Redbridge FC.  It was a great time to join the club as they were just embarking on what was going to be the greatest FA Cup run of their history.  It was an exciting time for me, the first time as an official photographer, pitch side at games with more than just one man and his dog, which I was used to spending Saturday afternoons in local parks, developing my sport photography skills.

In this post I look back on what was an amazing season and select my favourite 10 images that I feel summarise my first season at Redbridge FC. In reverse order :-

10.  The Passion of Non-League Football!

The passion of non-league football was clear to me during Redbridge’s FA Cup tie against Dunstable Town.  This was the only time I have seen the ‘Press Box‘ used at Oakside and this guy is sure passionate! The screams into his dictaphone as Redbridge took the lead, still haunt me to day.  Who he is and where he’s from I have no idea but he certainly got most of the crowd’s attention.  I’m guessing that Stuart Hall and Jonathan Pearce must be his inspiration!

 (Photographer: David Horn)   9.  Nowhere to Hide When the Camera’s About!It’s always nice to capture the moment that not everyone sees.  The local derby between Redbridge and Romford in December 2011 provided one of those opportunities, which I managed to get as the Romford keeper stamps on Redbridge’s Mitchell Das in his attempt to get to Redbridge’s players.

Redbridge FC v Romford Ryman Football League Division One North 31 Dec 2011 (David Horn/Dave Horn, EAP)

Romford keeper, Lamar Johnson stamps on Redbridge’s Mitchell Das as tempers run high

8.  FA Cup Visits Oakside  Redbridge FC’s cup run was starting to get some attention, fuelled by the fact that Tony Adams’ nephew was in goal and Jimmy Greeves’ grandson often headed the front line.  This resulted in a visit of the actual FA Cup visiting Oakside, accompanied by a photographer from the Sun newspaper – my first contact with a ‘real’ photographer that I’ve met at subsequent games and also on the tube as he headed home from a Premier League night game!

Left; James Robinson (Jimmy Greaves’ Grandson). Centre; Terry Spillane (Redbridge Manager). Right; Adam Rafis (Tony Adams’ nephew)

7.  The ‘Rooney’ Shot There was an image of Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney scoring with an overhead kick against Manchester City taken by Mark Pain (crowned sports photographer of the year at British Press Awards for a sensational Tiger Woods picture) in February 2011that  received a lot of praise in the sports photography world.  This was the closest I got to it this season, with Mitchell Das going close with an overhead kick.

Redbridge FC v Waltham Abbey 21 January 2012 Ryman Division One North at Oakside Stadium. (Dave Horn / EAP)

Redbridge’s Mitchell Das attempting a Rooney like finish against Waltham Abbey on 21 January 2012

6.  My Player of the SeasonI was asked early on in the season who my favourite player was and there were a few, Ryan ‘Rhino’ Murray, Adam Rafis, Ben Bradbury to name a few.  However, it was Billy Sendall that stood out for me then and continued to throughout the season, maybe it was because he plays in the same position I used to and I could better appreciate what a good job he was doing.  Well, I couldn’t have been too far wrong as he picked up Manager’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for the 2011/12 season.

 (Photographer: David Horn)

Redbridge’s Billy Sendall in action against Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup, 4th Qualifying round on 29th October 2011

5.  Football LeagueMaking the 1st Round Proper in the FA Cup meant that Redbridge had the opportunity to meet some pretty big teams from the Football League, let alone when they made the 2nd Round! They drew Division Two high flyers and big money spenders Crawley Town.  It was my first time photographing at a League Ground and I enjoyed every minute of it – even meeting ex-Redbridge photographer George!  Unfortunately, the scoreline was flattering to Crawley who came out 5-0 winners on the day with a superb performance by Crawley’s hit mad, Matt Tubbs.

Nathan Gordon (r) gets the better of Crawley’s Sergio Torres (l)

4.  Blood, Sweat and TearsFor me, this image sums up the passion that Manager Terry Spillane instilled in the Redbridge Team during the 2011/12 season as well as showing the strength and commitment of the Redbridge skipper, Glen Golby.

Redbridge’s Captain Glen Golby leaves the pitch for treatment during Redbridge’s FA Cup First Round draw at home to Oxford City

3.  International PhotographerWhilst not the best photograph, or the most technically impressive – this image makes number 3 in my list purely because it was my first international sale.  This image appeared in Finland’s top sports magazine, Veikkaaja, as they ran a piece on the magic of the FA Cup.  They liked the misty-mess in the image!  At one time I thought the game was going to be called off as the fog came down and you could hardly see from one side of the pitch to the other.

Photo from Redbridge FC’s FA Cup 1st Round Replay against Oxford City in Finland’s top sports magazine Veikkaaja 29-11-12 to 6-12-12 Page 66

2.   Front Page!Imagine my surprise when I walked in the newsagents on Sunday morning to see if any of the images I sent over to The Non League Paper of Redbridge’s win against Conference side Ebbsfleet in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup, and it was my image on the Front Page!  They did manage to hide Billy Sendall’s pants though!  I also have to give a special thanks to Adrian Rixon for this photo, who pushed me into the changing rooms :)

 (Photographer: David Horn)

Scorer of Redbridge’s 1st goal, Ryan ‘Rhino’ Murray, cracks open the champagne to celebrate Redbridge’s victory that sent them into the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, supporting a bloody nose from the game!

1.   National Daily Publication This has go to be my favourite photo of the season – not only does it sum up the passion of the game, it was my first image published in a national daily paper.  This image, of James Robinson (Jimmy Greaves’ Grandson), celebrating Ryan ‘Rhino’ Murray’s opening goal against Ebbsfleet from the Conference in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round game on 29 October 2011.  This image appeared across two pages in the Daily Telegraph’s Saturday sports supplement.  (Photographer: David Horn)  It would not be a fitting way to finish this summary of the season without a specific mention of the following people who made me feel really welcome down at Oakside;

  • Adam Dennehey
  • Adam Silver
  • Adrian Rixon
  • Terry Spillane
  • Harry Lawson
  • Len Cordell
  • Katie Thwaites

 Here’s to a successful 2012/13 season!

All images from Redbridge’s 2011/12 season can be found

by clicking HERE