How should sports photographers prepare for shooting an event?
"The most important thing is to have a good knowledge of the sport you're going to photograph. You have to choose a good position to shoot from, and know the main people to watch out for. This increases the chance of getting successful photos. On a practical level, I always check the battery level and whether I have enough memory cards."
What's your workflow during a match?
"I take all photos in RAW format, immediately edit them in Adobe® Photoshop®, describe what they show in Photo Mechanic and send them to three servers. I take my cards out and rip them to my computer. The photos are imported immediately into the program, and after importing the card, I put it back into the camera and continue taking photos. The workflow I've developed allows me to send ready photos to the editorial office just two minutes after taking them."
What do you look out for?
"Sport is about great emotions. I try to show as many of them as possible in the pictures – joy and sadness, victories and defeats. The images I shoot on the day must contain not only dynamic and effective photos of the action, but also portraits of players, coaches and fans."
What's the most difficult situation you've faced while shooting football?
"Once, during a Bayern Munich match, Robert Lewandowski scored a goal and I was soaked with several litres of beer by celebrating fans. Luckily, my Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EOS 5D Mark III (now succeeded by the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) are weather-sealed and continued working, but the smell lingered for a long time!"