Podcast: Technological Evolution in Sports Photography


On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we welcome photojournalist and sports photographer Nick Didlick to our show. Didlick has been a freelance shooter, a staff photographer, an agency photographer for Reuters and UPI and, while covering the world news, was nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. He also is an accomplished videographer, editor, and producer, and has served as Photo Chief for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and as Director of Photography at the Vancouver Sun, where he oversaw the staff change from film to digital photography.

As a photographer, Didlick has always been ahead of the technological curve, willing to try new cameras and transmission systems and push existing technology to its limits. He joins us to discuss his technical evolution as a sports photographer and the features that he considers important to balance technological advances with age-old experience of craft. We ask Didlick to look back on his career and discuss important steps in the evolution of his kit, including autofocus features, compact lenses, telephoto extenders, remote control, wireless transmission and, of course, the development of digital photography. We also look ahead to improvements in metadata and artificial intelligence and his overarching philosophy that all advances should be embraced if they are needed to improve your workflow.

Throughout the episode, Didlick pokes fun at my “old” DSLR technology in favor of his Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless camera but, in doing so, he underscores his point, that as photographers, the hardest part of advancing your skill set is “un-learning” what you considered fundamental and embrace the changes that can improve your photography. Join us for this rollicking and enjoyable episode.

Guest: Nick Didlick

Above Photograph © Nick Didlick

Wayne Gretzky © Nick Didlick
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev © Nick Didlick
Remnants of Pan Am Flight 103, Lockerbie, Scotland © Nick Didlick
Tiger Woods © Nick Didlick
2019 NCAA Final Four © Nick Didlick
Lindsey Vonn © Nick Didlick
Rodeo © Nick Didlick
Usain Bolt stumbles and falls during race © Nick Didlick
IAAF World Athletics Championship, 2019 © Nick Didlick
Venus Williams © Nick Didlick
Sloane Stephens with U.S. Open trophy, 2018 ©Nick Didlick
Aibo dogs from Sony © Nick Didlick
Nick Didlick and Allan Weitz © John Harris

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves