Michigan Tech Football Portraits

Today I was scheduled to shoot individual portraits of 100 football players and shoot a team photo from a cherry picker, and we had to cram it all in between 1:00 and 2:30. Honestly, I really didn’t think it was going to happen.

I met Wes Frahm up at the football field a little after 12:00. The idea was to choose a location and get setup so that when the athletes arrived we were ready to go and could start knocking them off.

Below you can see the example photo that was sent to me – it’s the one with the scoreboard in the background. Truthfully this didn’t do that much for me, but at the same time they really didn’t seem to care and speediness seemed to be the overriding factor.

Actually, I was just getting my lights out when the first player showed up. At that time we had a pretty good idea of the shot we wanted, nothing special just a tight cropped image head on with a background that wasn’t too distracting. With the lights I decided to set up a little cross light with the main light being an sb26 fired with a pocket wizard through a honl short snoot. The rim/back light was my trusty sb800 set to slave with no modifiers. I underexposed the ambient a little, and brought the players back up with the speedlights.

I think the images came out ok. I like the highlight the rear strobe creates on the players right side. However, if I were to do it again, I would maybe kneel down or back up a little and use a longer lens to push the track in the background down a little more. But, it’s alright.

I have to say that I was a little apprehensive going into this. I was supposed to be 100 outside portraits and a team photo just after noon on a field with very little shade. Fortunately the clouds saved me and knocked down and softened the ambient a bunch.

As far as time goes… we were done with the whole thing a little before 1:30… Crazy! The other sports teams should take a page out of the football teams playbook. They were organized and they listened to what they were told. This was a great group to work with.

I hope they like the pics.

As always I would love to hear what people think, and not just how great my pics are – I know. Tell me what you don’t like, what would you change.

Here is the example I was sent when I asked what they were looking for…

This is what they got – I like this version more… What do you think?

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