Check out our coverage at www.maxfighting.com- Peter Lockley

I checked those out earlier.

As a photography major, I can tell you that is excellent work.

Great pics. It amazes me how much Ken looks like Frank in that bottom pic.

I like the pic of BJ in the Hughes/Charuto pics.

once again.. Peter your work amazes me!! great shots!


excellent, as always



Excellent work. Would you be willing to take a moment to share some of your equipment/techniques for shooting indoor sports? I've been dabbling in it, thus far with less than exciting results. Much appreciated.

-Mason White

very cool pictures

ttt for some wicked photos.

- Peter Lockley


I use a Canon 1D (4 megapixel digital), but Nikon,
Minolta, Pentax, Fuji, etc... all make good cameras as
well. To a certain extent, the kind of camera you use
doesn't make a difference. You'll be ok as long as you
are using some kind of SLR (i.e., interchangeable
lenses) and something that gives you full control of
your shutter speed, apperature, and ISO (as nearly
every SLR will).

Indoor sports, fights especially, are tough because of
the low level of light. I usually try to shoot at the
highest ISO I can get to without going really grainy
(usually around 800). Then it comes down to getting
the fastest shutter speed possible to stop the action.
So I'll usually set my aperature as wide as it can go
(f2.8) and set my shutter speed accordingly, depending
on the amount of light (ideally it would be around 1/
500, but sometimes you are lucky to get 1/125 or 1/
250). The nice thing about shooting indoor is that the
light doesn't change that much, so usually you can set
your exposure once.

Other than that it's just practice on timing,
focusing, composition, and using light.

- Peter Lockley


Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm using an EOS 10D, so we have similar equipment. I most recently shot an event at WinRiver Casino in Redding and I pretty much used the same approach you described (ISO 800, widest aperature and fastest shutter speed), but I couldnt get any better than 1/125 and usually 1/90. Needless to say, I did not get alot of great shots. Probably the lightling is better at the UFC than the show I was at.

What is your lens of choice for this type of shooting, because I am getting ready to invest in some L series glass and I definately want to get something I could use for indoor sports? Thanks again for your time.

Mason White

ken sure looked old, but sexy (just not sexy enough like FRANK MIR).


Stick with Canon lenses if you can afford it. They
have a nice group of fast zoom lenses. Your aperature
needs to go down to at least 2.8 since fight venues
are so dark. For fights I mostly use a 28-70mm f2.8
and a 70-200mm f2.8. They just put out a 24-70mm f2.8
which looks nice too.

- Peter Lockley

Thanks, Peter, I appreciate your input and keep up the great work!


Susumu is great. I bought his book several years ago
and it's been one of my biggest inspirations. That
being said, I have been trying to develop my own style
as well.

- Peter Lockley

Folks, thanks for the great photography tips!