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Question about shooting the Women's World Cup this Summer
Donald Jedlovec, Photographer
Fremont | CA | USA | Posted: 3:00 PM on 04.12.19
->> I will be shooting three matches this summer in Paris and Lyon. My travel in France will be by rail and bus. I will be with a tour group but thanks to my client I will have a photo credential for shooting the matches.

My question: I plan on taking a big lens (400mm/f2.8) with a body attached in a roller bag. The roller bag will be my aircraft carry-on and I plan to roller it with me to the three match sites for my jobs. I this practical? Safe? Any thoughts or recommendations?

Also, any thoughts on taking my MacBook, which I have found critical for reviewing and submitting my photos?

Thank you very much.
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Daniel Malmberg, Photographer
Huskvarna | SE | Sweden | Posted: 4:44 PM on 04.15.19
->> Donald!
I´m assuming that You applied for the "Accreditation", (FIFA Terminology for a "photo credential"), Yourself.
I would suggest that You start with login into the FIFA Media portal.
And read all available documents regarding this tournament.

Having personal experience from a couple of tournaments like this.
(Including last years FIFA WC in Russia).
There is a whole lot of things to consider covering games like this.
Including how the "Media ticketing system" works.
(In short. Getting the accreditation is only one part of the whole thing.
Getting access to photo positions, for each game, either on the pitch or the media tribune is another, pretty complicated, story.
I´m sorry, but that´s something I will not discuss in public like this).
If somebody else applied for the Accreditation. They should be able to supply You with the documents that will be most useful to You in the planning process.

Other than that.
I covered the EURO 2016. I.E. the "European soccer championship" in France in 2016.

Except for flying from Sweden to Paris, (And Paris to Sweden).
I suggest that unless You fly with either American Airlines or British Airways.
You better check the weight allowance for the flights. Or get a Pelicase in case You will be forced to check Your camera gear.
(Personally, I prefer a Pelicase for several reasons. Mostly since it gives Your gear a whole lot more of protection when traveling).

I traveled by train around France during the whole tournament.
Before the games, I used public transportation.
IE. Subway (Known as the "Metro"), trams and busses.
(Due to all the security arrangements Taxis and cars is not a good idea).
After the games, i would suggest using Taxi or Uber.
There is a lot of thieves and pickpockets in Paris. So i would strongly, from a personal experience, advice against walking alone in Paris during the dark hours.

About submitting photos.
There will be one Ethernet cable, and one electrical power outlet at each photo position. (Schucko/European type).
Forget about using Wifi. It will not be very stable.

I do hope that the above will be helpful to You!
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