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What Are the Essential Techniques for EURO 2024 Photography? Insights from Maciej Rogowski

Key Techniques for EURO 2024 Photography: Maciej Rogowski shares his workflow for EURO 2024, covering preparation, real-time editing, and quick delivery while offering tips for handling pressure and maintaining originality.

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A portrait of Maciej Rogowski. Image courtesy of Maciej Rogowski.

It didn’t take long for Maciej Rogowski to realize that photography is “the most universal way” for him to practice journalism. Starting as a vlogger journalist in Poland, he shifted his focus to capturing sports photography, which wasn’t far from Maciej’s initial interest. His unique style sets him apart from other photographers, seemingly tracing back to his initial focus. Maciej captures high-speed sports photography and ongoing games while showcasing athletes and subjects from unique angles and perspectives. His portraits cheerfully convey the athletes’ emotions and the moment’s atmosphere. His photography, editing techniques and colors draw the audience’s attention and enhance their understanding, combining technical proficiency with a unique eye for visual storytelling.

Currently, Maciej an IMAGO photographer, is covering EURO 2024 in Germany. Maciej says he wants to do his best and “push himself to limits he has never reached before.” For him, the key to covering a tournament like EURO 2024 is “to prioritize, not be afraid to take risks, and think about any possible scenario during the games.”

In this interview, Maciej shares how a photographer should start their day during a tournament, what equipment to consider, what to avoid to prevent typical mistakes under tight deadlines, and his insights on thriving in the high-pressure environment of major sports events like EURO 2024.

“I want to push myself to the limits I have never before, attract new markets and build recognition all around Europe. I think my biggest challenge so far is to be original and motivated, accepting the fact that not every single game will bring you perfect pictures.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Denis Dragus celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Romania and Ukraine at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.

Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into sports photography?

My diverse educational background gave me opportunities to work and start practicing this hobby that initially made me a vlogger/journalist in Poland, following Jagiellonia Białystok all around Poland, collaborating with Jagiellonia.net and Watch Ekstraklasa. At some point, I realized that photography is a universal and most liberal way to practice journalism. Since I moved to Portugal, it [photography] has given me the possibility to pursue my creative dreams without a new language.

Have you covered a big event like EURO 2024 before?

Euro 2024 is my first major tournament, but I think that being an official photographer for Portuguese side Casa Pia AC and covering Liga Portugal in general helped me to do some useful networking, build a brand and attract my first clients.

What are some goals you’re looking to hit in this tournament?

I want to push myself to the limits I have never before, attract new markets and build recognition all around Europe.

What difficulties have you run into so far?

I think my biggest challenge so far is to be original and motivated, accepting the fact that not every single game will bring you perfect pictures.

“I have a checklist of my equipment, all the batteries charged, and I analyze my power supply potential. It is always good to have as many batteries as possible and empty cards with a relatively empty hard drive on your laptop.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Portugal and the Czech Republic at Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany.

Can you describe a typical day for you while covering a football tournament?

I  think it is the same as for every single matchday:

Firstly, I have a checklist of my equipment and all the batteries charged, and I analyze my power supply potential. It is always good to have as many batteries as possible and empty cards with a relatively empty hard drive on your laptop. I also like to have my backpack as light as possible, so if I know I will not use a particular piece of equipment, I prefer to take an additional bottle of water or protection gear.

Second Speaking about protection, it is good to mention that, as with any outdoor activity, it is necessary to be up to date with the forecast. If there is even a small probability of rain, I always pack a rain cover for my main camera and at least a one-time-use raincoat to protect myself from getting wet and sick.

Third, if I don’t know the venue where I will shoot, I first check Google Maps and analyze how much time I need to reach there. Where is the media entrance located, and is it better to use public transportation, a taxi, or get there by walking.

Fourth, when I arrive, I prepare my equipment for the shoot. I write my metadata template inside Photo Mechanic and create folders inside Lightroom and on my desktop to edit, group, export and deliver files directly to clients. This allows me to not waste time during the game on activities that can be easily done before.

Fifth, Each game is very different, but the best way to avoid stress is to prioritize content you have to deliver to your clients and think about the risk of editing instead of taking shots in order to take advantage of posting quality social media content. As good pictures or animation draw high attention to my profiles it is always a biggest dilemma.

Sixth, my workflow is as simple as:
Shooting.
Rating the best ones on camera.
Importing files directly to my Lightroom and filtering the ones I have rated (selected).
Quick edit and sometimes noise reduction.
Describe and deliver files in real-time via Photo Mechanic in order to make them visible to the media.
At the same time, files are prepared for other clients and the ones for social media.
After the game I do the same with remaining files and requests and maximum 24 hours after game I try to deliver all possible editorial files of players that played + coaches.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Joachim Andersen at the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Denmark and England at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.

Do you have any special tips for other photographers in EURO? What kind of equipment do you consider essential for covering a football tournament?

As I mentioned, I also plan to attend it for the first time, but I think it is good to know what you need from the particular game you shoot. In my opinion, there is no essential equipment for these occasions as everything can happen; the more equipment you take, the better unless you know you don’t use something daily. Major tournaments are sometimes so unpredictable. There may be situations happening on the other side of the pitch that will require gigantic telelens, and at the same time, players may run and celebrate right in front of you. So, at least for me, every game requires a telephoto lens to be as close to the action as possible and some quick body with fast autofocus paired with a 24-70mm lens to get the things that may come too close.

“I think my biggest challenge so far is to be original and motivated, accepting the fact that not every single game will bring you perfect pictures.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Piotr Zielinski from Poland team.

How do you handle the pressure of delivering high-quality images under tight deadlines?

As I mentioned before, the key is to prioritize, not be afraid to take risks and think about any possible scenario during the game.

Are there particular moments or players you focus on for this tournament?

I am Polish and have never shot my team in a major tournament like this. So, each group stage game will be special for me. Also, taking into consideration the fact that Poland is led by Michał Probierz, who was a coach of Jagiellonia during my first years of practicing journalism in Poland when he introduced me to professional football players he calls up frequently like Karol Świderski or Przemysław Frankowski. Depending on the results, this could be the last major tournament for players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Luka Modrić, which was crucial for my generation of football fans.

Would you like to add something?

I can’t wait for the summer to begin. See you all in Germany!

Luka Modric euro 2024
IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Luka Modric during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Spain and Croatia at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Piotr Zielinski in a duel with Nicolas Seiwald during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Poland and Austria at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.

“If I don’t know the venue where I shoot, I first check Google Maps and analyze how much time I need to reach there. Where is the media entrance located, and is it better to use public transportation, a taxi, or get there by walking.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Thomas Müller during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Switzerland and Germany at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Players of Spain celebrate after scoring a goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Spain and Croatia at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Lamine Yamal during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Spain and Croatia at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.

“Each game is very different, but the best way to avoid stress is to prioritize content you have to deliver to your clients and think about the risk of editing instead of taking shots in order to take advantage of posting quality social media content.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Ianis Hagi and Radu Dragusin during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Romania and Ukraine at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Rafael Leão at the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Portugal and the Czech Republic at Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany.

“My workflow is as simple as: 1- Shooting, 2- Rating the best ones on camera, 3- Importing files directly to my Lightroom and filtering the ones I have rated (selected), 4- Quick editing and sometimes noise reduction, 5- Describe and deliver files in real-time via Photo Mechanic in order to make them visible to the media. 6- At the same time, files are prepared for other clients and the ones for social media. 7-  I do the same with remaining files and requests, and a maximum of 24 hours after the game, I try to deliver all possible editorial files of players that played + coaches.” – Maciej Rogowski.

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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Morten Hjulmand celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Denmark and England at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | A Portuguese fan spotted during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Turkey and Portugal at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Marcel Sabitzer and Robert Lewandowski talking to the referee during the UEFA EURO 2024 match between Poland and Austria at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.
Denis Dragus with his wife
IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Denis Dragus with his wife during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Romania and Ukraine at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Scottish fans seen during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Scotland and Switzerland at Rheinenergiestadion, Cologne, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Toni Kroos in action during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Switzerland and Germany at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Dan Ndoye celebrates with his family during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Switzerland and Germany at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.
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IMAGO / Maciej Rogowski | Niclas Füllkrug celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 game between Switzerland and Germany at Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany.

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