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Lighting a sports portrait

February 22nd, 2009
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Sometimes–actually, let me rephrase that–OFTEN times, we have to make a portrait of someone with the following set of challenges:

-the subject is short on time

-I’m short on time

-the meeting place usually has little to no conduciveness to creative backgrounds or scenery

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

-the subject has other things on their mind than providing you with a good photograph

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

and lastly

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

For all of my sports portraits, I almost always use strobes to light my subject.  It provides depth, dramatic contrast, and total control over the vision I have in my head.  By strobes, I mean just the regular flashes that you can attach to the camera…

..the TRICK is getting those flashes OFF camera.  For this portrait of Kaimuki pointguard David Taulung, I used just two Nikon SB-28 flashes fired with Pocket Wizard slaves to make him pop.

 

Using strobes off camera and even shooting INTO the camera provides for interesting effect and dramatic lighting, especially when juxtaposed with a peak action subject.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70 2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 100, 1/250 @f7.1, 2-Nikon SB-28 flashes, far one set to 1/4 power, close one set to 1/2 power with an umbrella, fired with Pocket Wizards

Using strobes off camera and even shooting INTO the camera provides for interesting effect and dramatic lighting, especially when juxtaposed with a peak action subject. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70 2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 100, 1/250 @f7.1, 2-Nikon SB-28 flashes, far one set to 1/4 power, close one set to 1/2 power with an umbrella, fired with Pocket Wizards