How Sports Photographer Cameron Baird Made the Oracle Team USA Look Like the Powerhouse They Are

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Oracle Team USA is the yacht racing team that won last year’s America’s Cup. Sports photographer Cameron Baird was hired to shoot the team and make them look like the powerhouse they are. And boy did he pull it off. 

To achieve this, Baird used a number of Pro-8 packs, Softlight Reflectors, StripLights and a Giant Reflector 240, to name just a few things. The result look like something straight out of a billion dollar Michael Bay movie. But even though there is obviously a  serious tone to the images, there is no lack of heart. As the behind-the-scenes clip shows, the team had a great day, and it shines through in the final result.

The final shots can be found over at the RXR Sports website (Baird’s Management and consulting firm.)

You should also check out Baird’s website. Some mind blowing shots there.

Thanks to ISO1200 for putting our eyes on this.

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Matthias Fend Shoots a BMX Biker in an Abandoned Brewery with the Pro-B4

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Profoto Pro B4 Matthias Fend Red Bull MF 052313 RedBull 1115 600x400 Matthias Fend Shoots a BMX Biker in an Abandoned Brewery with the Pro B4

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There is a certain look and feel to a Red Bull image. In fact, you would probably recognize one even without the familiar logo in clear focus. So the question that follows is: what would happen if you actually did give the logo a less central role in the image?

We are guessing that was the thinking at the Austrian energy drink company when they asked action photographer Matthias Fend to shoot BMXer Thomas Öhler at an abandoned old brewery – sometimes with the Red Bull logo on his helmet being only barely visible.

“When doing a photo shoot for Red Bull, there are usually clear instructions on how the logo should be shown and lit,” says Matthias. “But this shoot was different. This time it was more about the feeling of the sport rather than the advertising of the brand.”

But Matthias did not only want to capture the fast BMX action. He also wanted the images to have a natural daylight look that reflected the mood of the historical environment they were shot in. Needless to say, this was not always easy in a 150-year-old-brewery with no electricity. Read More

Robert Beck and the Desert Speed Freaks

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 Robert Beck and the Desert Speed Freaks

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Robert Beck has come a long way. From sleeping on floors to being a schoolteacher shooting surfers on his spare time to a sought-after staff position at Sports Illustrated. But as in most cases, it all started with a guy taking pictures just for the fun of it.

“I’ve been shooting since, let’s say, 1982,” says Robert. “I started taking pictures of surfers for fun back in those days. I was a schoolteacher who surfed a lot. I bought a water housing and did a lot of swimming.

“In October of 1986, I went to Hawaii to shoot the Ironman Triathlon for a small sports stock agency with nothing but my camera gear and an airline ticket. I slept on a friend’s floor the first night after hitchhiking into town from the airport. There were no hotel rooms available. No rental cars. I checked in with the media center the day before the event and found out Sports Illustrated had “hired” me to shoot the race. The perks of being a Sports Illustrated shooter? Gunner’s seat in a helicopter for the start of the race, a jeep with a driver for the rest of the competition and a hotel room! The result of being prepared when thrown into the fire? A double truck table of contents picture which eventually became one of Life Magazine’s Pictures of the Decade. Thirty years later I am still shooting sports … now as a staffer for Sports Illustrated.” Read More

Rod Mar’s Soccer Shoot

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This is probably the first time we post a full-blown ad that was not done by ourselves.

It is the good people at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle, who together with photographer Rod Mar did their very own promo video for the Pro-B4 battery pack.

The session was captured in the video above by videographer Ty Migota, showing Rod and his team getting some great action shots of soccer athletes with the Pro-B4, a 5-foot Reflector and a bunch of other Profoto gear.

It is an ad, yes. But we thought you might like it.

You can see more of Rod’s work at his website.

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Adventure Photography with Dennis Welsh

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WELSH HIND II Adventure Photography with Dennis Welsh

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Dennis Welsh is a photographer who seldom takes his pictures in a dark and calm studio. But when he does, he uses Profoto lights to take wonderful pictures such as this.

This image is part of a series Dennis did for sports and outdoor apparel company Hind.

“Each year this client wants to make a different statement with the pictures, this time mixing outdoor settings with studio shots, the latter focusing more attention on the product,” says Dennis in a recent interview for Shutterbug. ”In post, we drew the color out of everything except the clothing.” The lighting Welsh used was Profoto, with a Softlight Reflector to illuminate the face. There were also a pair of strobes on the background.”

Head over to Shutterbug for the full story, in which you can read more about how Dennis got started, what gear he uses and how he works.

You should also check out Dennis’ website.