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Technology streamlines big fight photography

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez | MGM Grand Garden Arena | September 14, 2013 |10:12 p.m.

I first got involved in covering boxing when the Reuters News Picture Service needed someone to develop film for their photographers at local fights. One of my first jobs was the 1993 fight at Caesars Palace’s outdoor arena when the “Fan Man” flew his paraglider into the Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe heavyweight bout. We would set up a darkroom in a trailer or a dressing room, and at a big fight, we might have a team of eight to 10 people, including darkroom assistants, runners, photographers and editors.

With digital cameras, things are a bit easier these days, but I still try to get the photos out as fast as possible. For the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez, we had two photographers (one ringside and one overhead), two card runners and an editor/transmitter. At the end of the rounds, the runners take the compact flash cards from the photographers and carry them to the editor in a “deadline” room close by. The fighters keep fighting and we keep shooting, all of us working on a Saturday night.

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Steve Marcus

Steve Marcus got his first camera when he was 10-years-old. He worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Arizona ...

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