As a photojournalist when you get an assignment, such as shooting media day, what are your immediate thoughts?
Well, For me I knew right off the back, I wasn’t going to approach the assignment with the typical shots of players interviewing with the media, I personally find them to be quiet boring, unless it’s a championship game of sorts.
The editor forwarded me the assignment sheet and he gave me specific details on who he was looking for.
Example: Instructions: It’s UD football media day and we’re looking for interesting portraits of UD football players. We’ll use these w feature stories. Here are the players we’d like to shoot individually.
1-Malcolm Brown, DB 3-Joe Walker, QB 5-Charles Bell, MLB 6-Jamie Jarmon, WR 9-Troy Reeder, LB 24-Ryan Torzsa, S 31-Wes Hills, RB 33-Jalen Randolph, RB 73-Blaine Woodson, DT 75-Connor Bozick, OT 80-Diante Cherry, WR 92-Bilal Nichols, DT
Deadline: 08-15-2016 12:00 PM, Event time: 08-14-2016 05:30 PM
After reading the instructions I felt as if the editor was reading my mind! (LOL). On that day the media would have access to the players at approximately 4:30 PM, however I knew I would need to take portraiture of the players so I was in my best interest to arrived two hours in advance so I could set up.
FYI: I asked former head coach Dave Brock if I could photograph him even though the photo editor did not request a Image of the coach, Be it as it may this is a news paper you just never know when they will need a good image of a person, to be used possibly for a feature or story down the road.
Essentially what I’m telling you is to always be a forward thinker, think outside the box and deliver images that was not requested.
Anyway, Here’s my set up:What did I used? I went to a three speed light set up. I used (3) Canon EOS 430 EXII, (1) Rogue Flashbender 2 – Large Soft Box kit , (2) Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,
(4) Pocket-wizards “The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver” & “PlusX, (3) PocketWizard 804-419 3-Feet HSFM3 Hot Shoe to Mini Jack Adapter (Black) (3) standard light stands (1) tripod (1) reflector and I used The Canon 7D Mark II and the lens was the Canon 24-105f/4L.
See finish results
As I stated in my previous post I do plan to go back to a full frame camera body particularly for shooting features “Portraits” I personally feel I will get better results with a full frame body verse a crop sensor camera, This is my opinion. My last full frame body was the Canon 1Ds, Currently, I’m looking at affordable used full frame bodies Examples: 1Ds Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark II, recently fellow blogger Amy Rose suggested that I go with the Canon EOS 6D, something I will consider being that I did borrow that model that from Canon Professional Services (CPS) a few years ago.
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