Learn how to create sports portraits that capture the prowess and competitive spirit of athletes, young and old, with sports photography tips from Robert Vanelli.
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- You know let me set the scene. Imagine, years of dedication to a sport. Hours of grueling practicing, countless minutes of game time all unfolding into one frame. A single click of the shutter. And it's your job as the photographer to capture the emotion and the intensity of an athlete. Hi I'm Robert Vanelli, and I'm excited to share with you my secrets to sport portraits. Now in this course, we're gonna talk about what type of gear we need to build a portable studio. From light boxes, I'll teach you how to sculpture and shape the light so we can have intense, dynamic photos.
When shooting sports, it's extremely important to do your homework ahead of time so you know how to relate to your subject, and you can throw out some of the phrases to them that gets them really excited, so when you snap their shots, you get the emotions out of them. Now this style of portrait is great to photograph inside of a studio, but not all of us have access to a studio. So I'm also gonna show you how to take this setup out on location and how to scout a location, so this way, you can get the best possible shot you can. In this course, I'm gonna teach you how to build a rapport with the athlete, so you can pull a lot of intensity out of them.
That's extremely important because it's gonna add dynamics to the image, and when someone looks at this photo, they're gonna look at that and say, wow, that's intense! I'll share with you on how I like to shoot wide on a set, so later in post, it gives me lots of options to change up the composition of one photo. So we can make two or three different looks out of just that one shot. I'm gonna share with you some of my one-click secrets on how to pull incredible photos out of Lightroom and using Photoshop to enhance them.
I'm really excited to share these secrets with you, so let's get started.
- 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