Matthew has been working as a freelance sports photographer for Getty Images for 14 years. His work has taken him all over the world and he has appeared in countless national newspapers and magazines. Visit www.mattlewisphoto.com; Instagram: @mattlewispix A GETTY Images ‘stringer’ for over a decade, Matthew Lewis has covered some of the world’s biggest sporting events, from the Olympics (summer and winter) to FIFA and Rugby World Cups. He works quickly and efficiently, and has produced images for clients including Adidas, BMW and Nike (through Getty). Matthew uses Canon cameras and lenses because he finds them extremely reliable. He currently uses two Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s at the same time, with different lenses attached. When shooting football, for instance, he pairs one with a 70-200mm lens and the other with a 400mm lens, although he does also use 16-35mm, 24-70mm and 600mm lenses. The nature of his job means that he often has to send images back to the office quickly, so he uses the dual memory card slot to save raw files to one card and JPEGs to the other. With so much going on around him, Matthew likes to use the viewfinder to compose his pictures and block out distractions. ‘I use manual exposure mode and don’t often refer to the live histogram,’ he admits. ‘I’m often shooting fast-moving action, so I use continuous focusing and back-button focusing.’ Matthew also uses custom settings to help him switch between fast and slow shutter speeds quickly.
A shutter speed of 1/2700sec was used to catch this incredible shot of Dwayne Bravo at the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2014 Canon EOS-1D X, 600mm, 1/2700sec at f/4, ISO 400
Matthew laid down in front of the New Zealand team while they performed the haka during the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match Canon EOS-1D X, 24-70mm, 1/640sec at f/3.5, ISO 2000