Converged Communications on the Road: Tips for Explosions

Like “regular” football, arena football needs a football, players, helmets, pads, referees… those kinds of things. It also makes a lot of noise. And, if you’re a converged communicator covering an Arena Football League game, like Saturday night’s contest between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers, it’s also an opportunity to watch things blow up. Inside a crowded arena with nearly 10,000 spectators on hand, the Sharks set off a dizzying display of pyrotechnics that filled the building with smoke, sparks, and a deafening cascade of ear-splitting booms. It also brought answers to the age-old question: What does an indoor explosion really look like?

Unofficial tips for photographing explosions like this one:

1. Prepare for the explosion. If you’ve been at Sharks games in the past, you know it’s coming, so have your camera ready.

2. Keep a steady hand. Your ears may be rattled, but your hands shouldn’t be.

3. Adjust flash settings accordingly. The arena becomes totally dark during the moments before the big bang.

I would guess that most converged communicators don’t have too much experience photographing settings like this one, but if you do, feel free to leave a comment!

By the way, explosions or no explosions, the hometown Sharks lost to the unbeaten Rattlers, 70-61.

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