When shooting an awesome sports portrait, you will want to shape the light so you get the effect you want. Light modifiers, specifically softboxes will allow you to guide the light to where you want it to hit. In this movie, author Robert Vanelli will show you how to use softboxes when shooting sports portraits.
(guitar music) - I like using light modifiers to direct the light and there are many different types. The ones that I like to use to create a strip-type light is a strip box. This particular light modifier is from West Cott, it's called the Rapid Box because it's quick and easy to set up.
And the strip box itself is to help direct the light into this general location here, to help sculpture the athlete that we need it. Now it comes in two parts, this right here is going to be the connector piece, and this is where we're gonna attach the flash onto this particular piece, then we'll take this, and we'll attach it to the light itself, and then, under the light stand, we connect it like so. Another light modifier I like to use is a circular modifier. This particular one, again, is a Rapid Box, and what I'm able to do with a Rapid Box, is open it up the same we did with the strip box, and it's gonna give me more of an octagon or a circular shape.
Now, if the light is a little too harsh, it comes with what's called a diffuser, and what a diffuser's gonna do is it's gonna soften the light when it hits the subject. For sports portraits, I don't like to diffuse the lights so I leave this in the bag. I like the harsh light, that hit the subject, because harsh light will produce powerful shadows for a really strong photo. For this type of shoot, I'm gonna need a circular light like this for the key light, and then I'm gonna need two of these to help sculpture the light on the athlete.
- Choosing a portable backdrop
- Using speedlights
- Researching the talent and the sport
- Scouting the location
- Lighting and designing the shot
- Getting permissions and releases
- Shooting intense individual portraits and team shots
- Post-processing portraits quickly in Lightroom
- Finishing action shots from games in Lightroom