Matthew Lewis

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

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

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