I Love Change
I have been a professional photographer for over 40 years creating various visual content for a variety of clients and have seen many shifts in the industry. My photography as well has gone through some metamorphoses from film photography to digital photography, to videography and 360 still and video.
This website is based industry change from Single Lens Reflex cameras to Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and now to Professional Mirrorless cameras and my love of sports photography and photography in general.
Starting out in 1976 at a small weekly newspaper in Haney, British Columbia (now called Maple Ridge). I hung onto my camera straps and went on a lifetime adventure that has taken me to over fifty countries, six continents and a variety of assignments.
I have worked staff jobs at UPC (United Press International), Reuters News Pictures based in Europe, The Vancouver Sun, and the National Post.
I have covered Royal Tours, Olympics, Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Power Summits, human-made and natural disasters, riots and other conflicts from bases in Canada and Europe. I have been fortunate enough to have my photography on the front pages of the world’s major newspapers and magazines, including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Sydney Morning Herald and Stern, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone Magazines.
In 1994 I was the change leader in converting two newspapers to an all-digital workflow with an NC2000 camera (News Camera 2000), the world’s first news organization to make the complete conversion.
I left newspapers and wire service work in 2001, and in the ensuing years, I have been an Editorial and Commercial Photographer and Videographer and Visual Media Consultant.
In 1995 I was a consultant to Kodak, and at meetings in the once famous Kodak Park, Rochester, a Kodak Digital Camera Engineer told me about the possibilities of capturing high-speed images in full resolution without the use of a Mirror and Shutter.
That camera we talked about back then was a low-resolution camera compared to today’s modern DSLR’s (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras and had the possible cost of over $100,000.00 per camera. Now 20 years later that conversation that Kodak Engineer and I chatted about come to fruition when Sony announced the Alpha 9 (a9) on April 19th in a World Wide announcement in New York.
This website is all about the next change in digital photography which I have been waiting for since 1996 but is also about my love of sports photography, and the name comes from one of my favorite Sports Photo Agencies AllSport.
Allsport photography agency started in 1968 by sports photographer Tony Duffy, and I worked as a Reuters photographer all over the world with their photographers Steve and Mike Powell, David Cannon, Bob Martin, Mike King, Simon Bruty, Gray Mortimore, Mike Stahlschmidt, Jonathan Daniel and Pascal Rondeau.
Allsport was the most respected sports photo agency in the world until acquisition by Getty Images in 1998. I still see many of the former Allsport photographers on the fields and in the moats of sporting events around the world today.
So why the statement “I am Mirrorless” Photography is always evolving just have a look at some of its history:
1490 – Camera Obscura
1840 – The invention of the Negative
1839 – The word “Photography” comes from the Greek work PHOS-GRAPHE = Light and Drawing
1885 – Roll Film invented by Kodak
1925 – The 35mm Lecia 1
1949 – Single Lens Reflex Cameras (SLR) enters production
1957 – The world first Digital Scan
1975 – First Digital Camera Invented
1990’s – Digital Cameras become common place
1994 – AP-Kodak-Nikon Introduce the NC 2000 (DSLR) Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
2000 – The world’s first camera phones and DSLR professional photography becomes the norm in Photojournalism.
2017 – Sony introduces a Professional High-Speed Mirrorless camera the Alpha a9
Mirrorless cameras have been around since 2004 and used an Electronic View Finder (EVF) to allow the photographer to see what the Sensor sees without a mirror and a pentaprism. The sensors in mirrorless cameras are also capable of capturing an image without the need of a shutter curtain.
Mirror and Shutter mechanisms have been at heart of cameras and photography for the last 68 years; the Alpha a9 changes that for Professional Photojournalists and Sports Photographers.
The Alpha a9 shoots silently at 20 Frames Per Second using an electronic shutter while making Autofocus calculations at 60 times a second over 93% of its sensor without the need for a Mirror or Mechanic Shutter.
This next evolution in photography, just as that Kodak engineer had imagined it back in 1996 and it is just the beginning in this photographic evolution of change.
Photographs are about moments and made with light; these new sensor technologies will allow us to capture more high-resolution images silently than we have never seen before.
The world is always changing, and we have experienced years of evolutionary change. As hunters and gatherers in prehistoric times, we were hardwired to notice motion for hunting and safety. But today as consumers of visual media movement is eye candy for and as Photojournalists and Sports Photographers we go out in pursuit of new visual images to deliver to our audiences.
Change is intimidating, but learning and mastering new techniques is a fantastic motivator.
We are only at the beginning of this shift with high-speed Mirrorless Cameras. And just like the days of AllSport where compelling Sports Imagery was at the center of the photographs they captured, this change is exciting.
This website AlphaSports.Pro hopes to embrace this new technology and capture compelling images in the same way that AllSport did for nearly 30 years.
Nick Didlick – May 2017
You can also find me on the web at Visual Media Producer
Nick Didlick is a Vancouver, Canada-based Professional Photographer, Videographer, digital imaging pioneer and Visual Media Consultant. Exploring the ever evolving visual world we live! When not with a camera in hand he can be found exploring the wilderness with a Flyrod.
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