Photographer Brian Knight has spent the last fourteen years involved in sporting events. He has worked his way up from a race volunteer to owner of Swim Bike Run Photography, a business that covers over forty road races, triathlons, adventure races and fun run events a year. A winner of five of the annual Exposed photo contests, Knight shares with us details of the hard work and time it takes to make great race photographs.
In 1999 I started helping a friend with his new company that produced off-road events like adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and trail runs. What began as volunteer work turned into a second, nearly full time job that lasted about five years. I did a little bit of everything, met a bunch of really neat people, and learned a lot about what it takes to make a race happen. Meanwhile, in late 1999, having never really used a camera before, I walked into a Walmart and bought my first camera, a (digital) Sony Mavica which used a 1.44 MB floppy disk for memory and whose resolution maxed out at 640×480 (no need to count megapixels with that baby). I actually used that camera to photograph the first race that we ever produced. It had a really nice lens and I think it might have held as many as 16 images!