Merijn Soeters – rowing photographer

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Meet Dutch rowing photographer Merijn Soeters who has a new book out – The Big Picture.


01:20 I started rowing as a student at Skøll Amsterdam.
I have hard work talent but not training talent.
Once when I was bored at a regatta I was given a camera and afterwards, people asked to buy the photos. That got me started.
04:00 The simplest shot is a boat in action.
For head races you shoot every boat. It’s boring being in one place all day.
My collection is diverse – the light and how I use it is my specialism.
07:00 Train yourself to wonder about light. Have a feeling of excitement and also be critical.
The image works for you-they work on the brain.
Positano – Italy Camp Women 4x
15:30 Making a living from photography – I know what the clients need.
I know about using a photo in print.
Sticking with it is key because it takes a few years.
Build a base, be dependable, go to events, be persistent, take initiative.
Don’t give it away for free. Be decent.
20:00 A good rowing shot needs many things.
Be prepared – what shot do you want?
Close up -choose your position and take time to prepare it.
Overview of the area shot. Look at the surroundings and what is the “moment”?
I choose 200m before the end of a 5k race.
Every photo you see online has been edited.

Connect with Merijn https://www.merijnsoeters.com/
Buy his books https://www.merijnsoeters.com/winkel/

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