What It's Like To...
What it's like to Photograph the Olympics
December 08, 2021
Photographer Jeff Cable has had a front-row seat at the past seven Olympic Games--although his seat is cluttered with cameras, lenses, and laptops. As the photographer for the United States Olympic Committee, Jeff has an all-access pass to any event he chooses. In this episode, he shares:
- how he edits 2600 images down to 10 in a matter of minutes
- how social media has changed the pace of his job
- how he stays focused (literally and figuratively) from 9:00 am to 2:00 am every day for nearly three weeks straight
- what Simone Biles and her teammates were talking about in those minutes before the world knew why she pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Games
- the best angles to shoot a water polo game
- how photographers deal with bathroom breaks (or the lack thereof) in the middle of certain events
- the importance of mastering the Olympic shuttle bus system
- and much more.
There's a whole lot more to photographing Team USA than just settings and shutter speeds. It's an exciting, exhausting gig, and Jeff approaches each Olympics like it's his one and only.
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