Today we take it for granted that professional pictures of sports events are published instantly on websites around the world, and in newspapers and magazines the next morning. During Rugby World Cup 2019™, for example, every angle of a try being scored was sent to publications before the conversion kick was even taken. But what's the process by which these images actually get from pitch to publication?
Getty Images sports photographer Warren Little, who covered Rugby World Cup 2019™, has been shooting sports since the 1990s. He says that since he began working in the industry, technology has completely transformed the way his images get to publication.
"When I started working for Getty in 1996, we solely used film negative for events or moments that were time-sensitive," he says. "We would process and dry the negative film on-site, ready for image selection. Then the selected images would be scanned, captioned and finally sent, using a modem, to the London picture desk for global distribution via FTP systems to all clients for publication."