Let’s talk football. Professional football. WOMENS profession football. Last year I brought a few of my students to the sidelines of a DC Diva’s football game. Like a mother hen, I stood right beside them, offering suggestions to improve their action photography. Check out the above video to see The Picture Coach in action. The results were great and I wanted to do it again this year but just like those TV offers –I’ve added one more thing. I’ve added a session before the game to shoot portraits of a few players.
Mark the night of May 22nd on your calendar. We’re still going to shoot game action from the sidelines just like last year (for the first 10 people to sign up). In advance of the game, I’ll bring in a truckload of gear to prepare a different lighting setup for each player. For example, I might have the first player standing in front of a white seamless with a ring light for her face and use some hard light from each side to really define her jersey and shoulder pads. (Yes, they were shoulder pads just like the big-boys!)
All you have to do is sync your camera with the flash and start making pictures. The cost is $85.00.
Send me an email with questions or to sign up for the workshop–firstname.lastname@example.org
John Matthews had shot a few games before attending the first “Learn to Shoot Football Like a Pro” workshop. For last years game I rented a 300mm 2.8 lens from my good friends at Penn Camera, here in the DC area. John shot the whole game with that lens and never looked back. I love this shot that John made using the 300mm’s narrow depth of field. The light was great and your attention is just drawn to the player’s right eye.
In this picture, John has great timing. Normally, a quarterback handing off the ball is not a great shot but this one works because the defensive player is right on top of the QB. A split second before or after and this shot would be in the trash.
Here is another great example of what the 300mm 2.8 lens does best. By using the lens at 2.8, the narrow depth of field makes for a very clean background. By wisely shooting from the end zone (guess who suggested that?) you don’t have grandstands or together distracting elements to clutter up your photo. Again, good timing comes into play. The clean view of the players face, the way the ball is being help and her hand on the other players faces mast all combine for a very solid action shot.