Blair Bunting Show Us How to Light a Football Player

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Being an established advertising photographer and a Nikon and Maurice Lacroix Ambassador, Blair Bunting sure knows how to light. In a recent blog post, titled How to Light a Football Player, Blair shares some of that knowledge.

“Let’s talk about lighting, specifically for mood,” writes Blair on his blog. “The eye finds discomfort and intimidation in the unknown and the unknown is where the light is not. The approach to making a subject intimidating should not be a mass of lights cranked to 11, but a single focus of direction where one light dominates and the remaining support the fear. An example of this that I shot a while back is this portrait of a football player.”

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How Tim Kemple Uses High Speed Flash Sync (1/1600s) to Create Amazing Action Shots

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Did you know that using Profoto flashes with a Phase One camera allows you to shoot with flash sync speeds as fast as 1/1600s? Tim Kemple certainly knows it. And he has used that knowledge to create some pretty amazing action shots. Keep reading and learn how.

Tim Kemple got into photography almost by accident. Back in the days, he and his friends were into rock climbing and skiing. They travelled all over the US and even crossed the Atlantic to live out their passion. After doing so for a while, Tim realized that they should probably document their extravagant trips. So he picked up a camera, started shooting his friends in action, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Fast-forward a couple of years, and Tim is a sought-after sports and action photographer. But the things he learned back then is as useful today as it was then.

“When you’re on a shoot and the athlete realizes that you actually get what they’re doing, everything changes,” he says. “At that point the shoot becomes a collaboration. They get inspired to elevate what they do, jump higher or run faster or whatever it may be, which in turn inspires you as a photographer to elevate what you do.”

 

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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

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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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 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