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





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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Oregon Air Photo

23 09 2010

In July 2008 I was asked to go on an aerial photography mission to assist a fellow photographer friend, Bryan Heim, to get images from the air of some car dealerships. We had the plane and pilot booked for a 2 hour flight, had maps of all the dealerships in and around the Portland area, and in between locations we took as many aerial photos as possible. The flight was a total success!

Over the next year we developed the idea to offer aerial photography to clients and Oregon Air Photo was created. Still in the early stages of the business, we are working to expand our client base and designing a marketing campaign for the future. For now, we have a WEB SITE and most of the social networking sites up and running:

Follow OAP on TWITTER, @oregonairphoto.

Become a fan on our FACEBOOK page.

Check out our YouTube channel.

Here are a few of my favorite images taken from the air and a pic of the OAP crew:

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OAP Photo Crew

 

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Twin Oaks Airfield

 

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Mt. Scott

 

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Mud puddle in the grass

 

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The Reserve Golf Course, Infrared

 

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Hillsboro Stadium, Infrared

 

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Kelso/Longview area, Infrared

 

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Air Museum

 

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Helvetia area

 

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Over Portland looking south





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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Bell Blazers Classic

21 09 2010

Today I photographed the annual Bell-Blazers Golf Classic! The event takes place at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Course in Aloha, Oregon, and is a benefit for the Oregon Partnership . Oregon Partnership, from their web site, is: “a statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24 hour crisis lines for treatment referrals and suicide intervention. We work with schools and community coalitions statewide, and our resource library is open to all to educate on the dangers of substance abuse.”

The event included Blazers Alumni as well as many of the Blazers corporate sponsors. Some of the Alumni included: Terry Porter, Buck Williams, Jerome Kersey, Michael Harper, Antonio Harvey, as well as our hall-of-fame announcer Bill Schonely. Some celebrity names included former KGW channel 8 anchor, Pete Schulberg, KGW channel 8 sports anchor, Adam Bjaranson, and Isaac & Big Suke from 1080 the Fan.

I arrived at the course at 930am to get set up and photograph candids of the registration and pre-golf events. The players all started golfing on what they call a “shotgun start” in which all groups of players tee off simultaneously from different holes. After the start at 11am, Carrie & I took a cart and searched out each group for team photos. Once all teams were photographed it was my job to print one 5×7 for each player. This year, there were 190 golfers playing in the same tournament which was a record number of tournament players for the course!

The day ended with a meet & greet with Blazer player Greg Oden, buffet dinner, and an awards program to announce the winning teams and raffle prizes. Here are a few images from today!

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The Reserve

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Bell Blazers Classic Banner

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BlazerDancers Stephanie & Michelle with the Taco Bell SRT Challenger

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A lot of golf carts!!!

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BlazerDancers Caitlin & Camicha

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Announcer Bill Schonely

 

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Table of on-site prints

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Mike Rice with BlazerDancers Vanessa & Lindsey





Class is in Session

20 09 2010

Today was the first day of my “official” teaching career. Just 3 weeks ago I was invited to teach the advanced lighting class to the 2nd year professional photography students at MHCC. I graduated from the same program back in 2002 so this means I have come full circle. Alongside Justin Myers, we plan to give the students a ton of info to get them a huge head start in their photography careers. The program will be a challenge for me and I will do my best to offer 110% to them. 

So, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, Justin & I have challenged ourselves to create one blog post per day until classes end on December 6th. For the students, they are required just 2 posts per week. The idea behind this is to keep them thinking 100% photography at all times. We also gave them a “theme” for the photos they post to their blogs. This week’s theme: circles. I can’t wait to see the different interpretations each student comes up with! I too plan to take the “circle” theme challenge myself and I’ll be posting a few of my favs here on the blog, and on my facebook photography page

Here are a few images from my archives with the circle theme in mind: 

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme