Students at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) benefited from an online spotlight talk by an official UEFA photographer as he prepared to cover the Champions League final in Porto last week.

Jez Sutton, one of just six official UEFA photographers with permission to cover the match, spoke to students about his career, demonstrated the technology and equipment he uses to capture panoramic stadium shots, and provided some pointers and inspiration to encourage students as they prepare to take their next steps.

With just hours to go before the high-profile tie between Manchester City F.C. and Chelsea F.C., Jez hosted a live session for students on Zoom outlining his plans to secure a panoramic photo of the Estadio Do Dragao in Portugal. He explained how the camera captures a series of 190-degree images with 15 individual shots stitched together using a special software programme.

Jez, who works for One Vision Imaging in Coventry is a specialist in stadium photography. He was introduced to the students by Gemma Aucott, an industry placement co-ordinator for NWSLC who got to know him on the touchline at Nuneaton Borough F.C Under 16s while they were both supporting their sons.

During the spotlight talk, students asked Jez questions about his career, his choice of equipment and how the panoramic kits works as part of a Q&A session led by journalism student Georgia King.

Jez said, “I have been privileged to travel to some fantastic destinations with UEFA and we usually get a day to see the sights at the same time. I have visited Madrid, Kiev, Baku, and now Porto and have also travelled to cities in Holland, Germany, and Poland.

“I have had the pleasure of photographing several members of the Royal Family as well as many celebrities. My top tip for getting the best out of photographic subjects is to practice good communication skills, tell them what you are looking for and help them to relax so that you get the best shot.”

Georgia King said, “It was a great experience interviewing Jez and I am sure his experiences will inspire many photographers of the future.”

Gemma Aucott said, “It was amazing hearing from Jez first-hand from his base in Porto all about his mission for UEFA and the exciting projects he has worked on. His career is fascinating, and I know our media, photography and journalism students really benefited from an insight into what it’s like working in the sector at this level. I would like to thank Jez for sparing the time to talk to them and hope he will keep in touch with the college in the future.”