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Breaking the MMA Lens: Up, close, and personal

There are certain sounds that I love that when I hear them,  just makes me feel good.

The sound of the bass drum pounding through your chest on a favorite song. The sound of the golf ball going into the cup.

I don’t know what it is about that one, maybe the earth surrounding the plastic of the cup or the ball bouncing around in the cup.

But there is one sound that I am totally addicted to. The sound of the shutter going off on a camera.

I can listen to it over and over. It’s not just the sound itself, but knowing that the noise is representing an image that is being saved. I am an MMA photographer and on some nights, I get to hear that sound up to 2500 times.

I use two cameras, numerous lenses and take a lot of shots at a show. I also get to do some other things I love, like meeting new people and getting right up close to the action.

Welcome to my first column for MMA Crossfire. It’s a bi-weekly column (every two weeks – I had to look that up). In it, we will talk about shooting MMA bouts. We’ll talk about how I do it, where to get the best shots and some technical advice.

We’ll discover how to get your camera or smartphone photos to look even better. But this isn’t just a “How To” column; I’ll share with you my adventures along the way. We’ll not only look into the cage but the locker room, the crowd, and pre and post-fight venues.

Once a month we might look at some of my photos and break down how I got the shot. We can talk about why it’s a good shot. We can compare good and bad shots.

I love photography. It’s led me to do things I never would have without the camera in my hand. I take pride in getting the real personality of people in photos. Something different, something deeper, something that tells a story.

Let’s really get in there like we’re right in the cage with them.

Real close to the cage, the fighters, trainers and promoters. We’ll look into right their personalities through our pictures and break down the secrets of MMA photography.


Joe LoBianco lives in Long Island, New York.


Joe LoBianco
Joe LoBianco
Joe LoBianco writes the photography column Breaking the MMA Lens for MMA Crossfire. New columns on the 1st and 15th of each month.

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