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London 2012: Internet access pre-order deadline is April 30  
Saturday, April 28, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
In Charge: Bob Martin, Photo Chief for London 2012
If you're a photographer covering the upcoming Olympics or Paralympics in London, here are a few things you'll want to know in advance of your trip to the UK capital, from Bob Martin, Photo Chief for London 2012. This is the second of several guest articles we'll be publishing by Martin leading up to the start of the Olympics on July 27.

London photo opportunities

As you start to make your preparations for London 2012 we would like to draw your attention to some of the photo opportunities that include London as a backdrop for your photographs.
  • The Mall – the finish of the Marathons, The Cycling Road Races, and The Race Walks. Views of Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial are just before the finish.

  • On the Marathon route – look out for the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Equestrian Cross Country Day – several obstacles feature views of London’s Canary Wharf and the North Greenwich Arena.
Up and Over: Canary Wharf forms the background for an equestrian test event held in 2011 (Photo by Bob Martin)
  • Inside the Equestrian Stadium – use the photo positions at the top of the main stand to shoot a view including The Queen's House (originally built for Anne of Denmark, Queen to King James I).

  • Beach Volleyball – situated in the heart of London in Horse Guards Parade, home of the traditional trooping the colour, with the Old Admiralty buildings as a backdrop.

  • Cycling Time Trial – out of town in leafy Surrey and starting at Hampton Court Palace, the country residence of the infamous Henry VIII.

  • Rowing – also out of town, rowing is held at Eton Dorney where, just after the start, you can shoot a picture with Windsor Castle, the country residence of our current Queen Elizabeth II as a backdrop.

Internet pre-order deadline, remotes, power

  • Orders for Internet access – many photographers have still not placed Internet connection orders from the rate card site. Although orders can be made at the Rate Card Office within the MPC when you are here you can expect long queues. Avoid the wait and order in advance from the Rate Card web site. We recommend that all photographers select the Gold package as it comes with info plus, this is access online to all the caption details you will need, especially the spellings of all competitors' names!

    Remember the portal for rate card orders closes on 30 April. After this date you will not be able to access the portal to make any changes to your existing orders.

    Late rate card orders for Internet access points on the field of play for the football venues are now open following Tuesday’s teams draw. There is no premium to be paid on any orders for football venues made before 30 April.

  • If you are planning to use a remote at equestrian you will need a sound reducing blimp. We recommend using the Camera Muzzle which will be available from the Pro Photo Shop inside the MPC. More on this in the next newsletter.

  • For remote triggering of cameras – get your PocketWizard devices authorised when you check in at the MPC. Only authorised devices, with a sticker, will be permitted to be used on venue. Wireless trigger devices other than PocketWizards will need to be presented to Spectrum for authorisation, which may not be given and could take a number of days.

  • Power in the UK – remember that power in the UK is 240 volts and that you will need suitable adaptors for your equipment. All Olympic power outlets are standard 13amp UK sockets – i.e. we do not provide any continental/US/etc. adaptors. Most of your equipment will be dual voltage 110/240 but check first – don’t fry that important charger the first time you plug it in!  Again, it is possible to buy plug adaptors at the Pro Photo Shop but these are not voltage adaptors so the voltage will still be 240 volts. Adaptors are also available at the help desks in the media centres.
More information for photographers can be found in past London 2012 press operations PDF newsletters here and here. The Olympic Games begin on July 27 and run until August 12. The Paralympic Games start on August 29 and wind up on September 9.
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Related coverage of this topic includes:
  • Getting ready for London 2012 (April 3, 2012)
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