Before you photograph an athlete, it is important that you research your talent’s atmosphere. What are the rules of the game? What does the athlete wear while doing the sport? What equipment do they use? In this movie, author Robert Vanelli explains the importance of having knowledge of the sport you athlete plays when taking a sports photo.
- When you're photographing a sport, it's extremely important that you research your client's atmosphere. A good example would be what type of uniforms they wear or what type of equipment they use. Now, I was photographing a young child with fencing. It was fortunate that I knew the family very well. I knew very little about fencing. On set, they way he was positioned it looked awesome. He told me that the patch on his left arm was the patch from his school. So I said, "Take the foil out of your right hand "and put it into your left and hold it nice and tight." And he looked at me and said, "Mr. Vadeli, I'm right-handed." And I said, "That's okay, it doesn't matter.
"It's just for the shot. "Switch it over." He said, "Um, you don't understand" "I'm right-handed." And I looked at his mother and the mother smiled and said "The sword is either for a left-handed person, "or for a right-handed person. "He can't switch it back and forth." Now with that knowledge, I had him turn a certain way and then I positioned the foil in an opposite direction. So on the set, he taught me a valuable lesson. Research the sport itself before you start photographing those athletes.
In this case, I was fortunate that they gave me the information on set. And I learned a lot about fencing that day. There are many ways to research a sport. Me personally, I have no problem talking to people. So I'll just go right up to somebody who is in that type of sport and ask them a million questions. Go online, check out the internet. Look at other images that other photographers have taken. Watch the sport on TV, and start looking and asking yourself questions. Why is this particular sport using this uniform? The key here is simple: Research, ask a lot of questions, find the answers.
- 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