Sports Photography Workshop

11 02 2011

Over the past couple of years I have really wanted to find a way to host a sports photography workshop. Since my college days at Mt Hood I have been shooting thousands of action photos and advanced my skills as a photographer on and off the playing field. This past fall term at Mt Hood Community College I was invited to teach a lighting course for the Integrated media program at Mt Hood and that kicked the door wide open for a sports workshop.

Once a year I sit down and review the Mt Hood sports schedules after they are published and I get a few game dates on my calendar. This year I noticed something rather different….4 basketball games in 2 days at the Mt Hood gym! The first thing that jumped into my mind was that this was the perfect opportunity to get a lot of shooting time in to teach a sports workshop…it was ON!

Over the next few days I made some calls and emails and things started to fall into place (HUGE thank you to Kim Hyatt, coach Larry and coach Gib for allowing us to shoot at the MHCC gym!).

Originally, I wanted a 4-day workshop but narrowed it down to 3 days. With the 3 days, I would have day one for classroom with 2 hours dedicated to camera & lens review, and an arena strobe review, then we would all head out to the court to shoot 2 games for some hands-on shooting under ambient lighting conditions (I wanted the students to get images in the challenge of low-lighting, before we set up the arena strobes on day 2). On day 2, we would set up the arena lighting and shoot the games, and for day 3 we would have a critique and review of the student images with awards handed out for the top 3 in the following categories: Best Sports Photo: Ambient Lighting, Best Sports Photo: Arena Lighting, Best Detail, and Best Celebration/Emotion. (Another HUGE thank you to Vanessa and Google Hotpot  for the prizes & t-shirts).

To give a brief explanation of how Google Hotpot fit into the workshop, here’s the deal: are you familiar with Google Places and how you can rate & review restaurants and other businesses? Well, anything can be rated so my thought was why can’t photographers rate and review photography-related venues and locations? We can explain the best shooting angles, best time of day for lighting, if it’s indoor for sports: where the power outlets are at a specific gym or arena or wedding venue, who the contact people are…you get the idea. With that, I had each student sign up for a Google Hotpot account and add me (jeff@jeffhinds.com) and we can all rate and review places and share them with each other. Such an awesome idea!!!

Now, after the students signed up for Hotpot, they had some ambient shooting time on day one, and after they could see the extreme challenge of stopping action, it was time to set up the arena strobes and get them each some shooting time “on the lights”. We started day 2 with a quick setup and I showed each student how to set up and aim the lights correctly, while being safe for the players and spectators. Again, we reviewed the settings for the camera, and each student got 5 full minutes of clock time to shoot on the lights, per each game (remember there were 2 games per day, women’s and mens). The games progressed and the students got a ton of shooting time and a ton of photos taken…everyone had a great time at the games!

Ok, now on to day 3. I wanted to wait a full week to give the students time to edit and submit their top images per each awards category. Once all the images from each student were submitted during the week, I made my choices and we met back in class on day 3. Without further adieu, here are the winners for each category! CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS!!

FIRST PLACE: Best Sports Photo, Ambient Lighting:

Image Copyright: Devin Courtright

Second Place: Best Sports Photo, Ambient Lighting:

Copyright: Chris Hoyt, http://www.cmhoytphotography.com

Third Place: Best Sports Photo, Ambient Lighting:

Copyright: Paul Kester, Last Dance Photography

FIRST PLACE: Best Sports Photo, Arena Lighting:

Copyright: Michelle Brandow

Second Place: Best Sports Photo, Arena Lighting:

Copyright: Melissa Peck, Purely Yours Photography

Third Place: Best Sports Photo, Arena Lighting:

Copyright: Devin Courtright

FIRST PLACE: Best Sports Detail:

Copyright: Alexa Brandt, Lex Photography

Second Place: Best Sports Detail:

Copyright: Melissa Peck, Purely Yours Photography

Third Place: Best Sports Detail:

Copyright: Michelle Brandow

FIRST PLACE: Best Celebration/Emotion:

Copyright: Chris Hoyt, http://www.cmhoytphotography.com

Second Place: Best Celebration/Emotion:

Copyright: Paul Kester, Last Dance Photography

Third Place: Best Celebration/Emotion:

Copyright: Michelle Brandow

Again, CONGRATS to all the winners!!!
Here’s our group photo!
1st Annual JHSP Sports Workshop 2011

1st Annual JHSP Sports Workshop 2011

For info on future workshops or to add Jeff on Google Hotpot, contact via jeff@jeffhinds.com.
I’ll leave the blog post with a few of my best images taken during the workshop, enjoy!

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

Copyright: Jeff Hinds Sports Photography, http://www.jeffhinds.com

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Location Sportraits

5 10 2010

This week I am teaching sports and action photography in my lighting class…..right up my alley and it’s gonna be a fun week!!!

We started monday’s class on location at the Mt. Hood softball field to demo a lighting setup for location sports portraits, or “sportraits” as I call them. I arranged to have 2 players, Amanda and Kendra, to meet me and the class for a quick portrait session in the dugouts. The assignment for the students is to create a portrait of a sports player, someone they do not know, in their respective environment, using a 3 light setup. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Here’s a few I took for the softball lighting demo:

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot





Blazers: Fan Fest

4 10 2010

This past friday, October 1st, was the 2010-2011 season kickoff event for the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. The Wells Fargo Fan Fest is an in-arena scrimmage/practise between the Blazer players, open to fans to give them a preview of the season. Rookies and veterans put on a great show, sign autographs, and meet and greet with the fans.

This will be my 10th season shooting sponsorship and promotion photography for the team and the job just keeps getting better and more exciting as the years go by. Here’s a recap of photos I took during the 2010 Fan Fest!

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NWAACC Volleyball Action

22 09 2010

I photographed some volleyball action at Mt Hood Community College this evening. Brenda’s cousin, Janelle, plays for Chemeketa Community College and they happened to be the visiting team at Mt. Hood.

For this setup I used my pair of dynalite sports lights and bounced the light off the gym ceiling, just as I do with basketball (see previous blog post: Basketball Season & Arena Lighting!). Now this was the first time for me using the lights specifically for volleyball so a little testing was in order but I got them dialed in just fine and took some great shots of Janelle!

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Blog, I’ve missed you!

17 09 2010

Well, after a long time-off from Blog posting, it is now time to get back in the blog “game” and update you all with some new material! But before all that I have some great news to announce…..I have recently accepted a teaching position at Mt. Hood Community College in the Integrated Media Program! I will be teaching along side Justin Myers, teaching the Advanced Lighting course to the Professional Photography students! I am very excited to share my photo knowledge with them and look forward to the next couple months of intense photography classes and training.

Now, back-tracking and reviewing the past years-worth of missed blog opportunities is going to be tough, but basically I have been busy! Here’s a very long, run-on sentence worth of the past 7 months:

My last blog post left off with Sarah & Ryan’s wedding from the Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood. After that experience, in February, I went to ex Trail Blazer, Bill Walton’s, house in San Diego with Blazers, took the Primitive Performace rally driving school with Paul Eklund  , shot action photos at the NWAACC Basketball Championships in Tri Cities, WA., in March, and shot a wedding and went to the Seattle Supercross event in April. In May, I shot action photos and VIDEOS of the Oregon Trail Rally in Dufur, OR, shot action photos in Portland of the NWAACC Softball Championships , and shot more action photos of the NWAACC Baseball Championships in Longview, WA. Also in May I accepted the team photographer position with a local IBL basketball team, the Vancouver Volcanoes, and I photographed 6 home games through mid-June. June was a mix of graduation ceremonies, wedding meetings, etc, and the month ended with an Aerial photo mission over Portland with Oregon Air Photo, a new partnership formed with Bryan Heim Photography. July was the beginning of wedding season with 4 weddings: Rebecca & Frank, Austin & Stewart, Whitney & Jace, and Angela & Dan. August was another wedding month with 6 total: Amanda & Levi, Amy & Ben, Kelsey & Adam, Coutrney & Charlie, Kristen & Dustin, Engagements for Brenda’s cousin Michelle & Curt, and Jenny & TJ….CONGRATS TO ALL NEWLEYWEDS, and thanks so much for trusting me to cover your special day, WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!

I wont quite get into September yet in this post so stay tuned as I am going to challenge myself along with my new students to make a blog post, or simply a photo post every day til classes end on December 6th! That should make for some interesting content :>)

Ok, thanks for reading all this and please feel free to add comments and thoughts in the future on whatever ends up here! Cheers!





Silcox Hut Wedding

9 01 2010

As a photographer nothing is better than shooting in a different location, especially for a wedding. When I met with Sarah & Ryan they told me about their winter wedding plan to get married on Mt. Hood above Timberline Lodge at the Silcox Hut.

Now, if you haven’t heard of the Silcox Hut, it was built in 1939 by Ferdinand Silcox and it’s primary function was to be used as a warming hut for the Magic Mile chairlift, the 2nd chairlift in the United States. The Hut is located over 1 mile up the mountain at 6950 feet, 1000 feet above Timberline Lodge. (For more info visit Wikipedia).

A few weeks before the wedding I met Sarah & Ryan at Timberline for a quick ride in the snowcat up to the Hut. We went over details and I scouted the place for my first time. I knew before even getting up there that it would be impossible to take a bad photograph at their wedding!

So, over the next few weeks after the meeting, I came up with a few ideas and knew what I needed for lighting and camera gear. I packed as light as possible so I could carry everything in one trip on the snowcat. The ceremony was scheduled for after sunset and at that time the inside of the hut would be very dark so a light kit was a must! Also, with every wedding I plan to take at least one well-thought-out, amazing photo….all I had to do was wait and see what the weather threw at us!

Once we arrived at the hut on the wedding day the weather was great but blizzard-like conditions and 8-12 inches of snow were in the forecast! We quickly took a few outdoor photos, then headed inside to set up for the rest of the afternoon/evening. Everything went as planned, the ceremony was awesome, and the winter weather rolled in!

Now for the last photo of the day, the “blizzard photo”! Since the bride would be in her wedding dress (plus a pair of boots) I needed to work fast! The snow was blowing sideways and the temperture was in the 20’s! I set the camera on a tripod and planned for a 4-5 second exposure. While the shutter was open I used 2 canon 580ex2 flashes to add a small pop to the outside of the hut, and to the “dipping” bride & groom. Well, without further explanation, here is the final image, a short  behind-the-scenes video, and a few more images from the wedding day. Enjoy!

Sarah & Ryan: "Blizzard Photo"

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan: "Blizzard Photo"





Melissa’s Paint Shoot

29 12 2009

Way back in May of 2009 Melissa contacted me and wanted to create some unique portraits for her portfolio. She got an inspiration from the Dixie Chicks video: “Not Ready To Make Nice”. In the beginning of the video it shows the Dixie Chicks wearing white dresses and being painted with black paint. She wanted it to be a fun shoot, and have a few serious images in there too. We decided on two paint colors & two outfits. With each outfit would be a different lighting setup and background color.

Here are some photos and 2 very cool videos of Melissa’s now infamous “paint shoot”. ENJOY!

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Part 2 YouTube video:

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot