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

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Wilsonville “Contenders”

15 12 2009

Back in November I did the team & individuals for the Wilsonville girls Varsity team. Just like the girls at Lakeridge, they too had a team theme….”Contenders”. Their idea was to have boxing incorporated into the team poster!

For the final poster image, I had a perfect idea, knew exactly what the team needed and how I wanted the final image to look. I wanted to use two images photoshopped together: a background image of a boxing gym with an image of the girls superimposed over it.

For the background image I wanted to  use a technique called “HDR” or “high dynamic range”. Basically, it’s a photoshop merging of 3 different image exposures. Luckily, my father-in-law is a boxing trainer for the #1 ranked female boxer in the nation, Molly McConnell, so first thing was to call Molly and set a date to shoot the images at the gym where Molly trains, Grand Ave. gym in NE Portland. The main image of the girls was taken on the day I shot the team & individuals at the school.

Here is the final composite image, the HDR background, and the main image of the girls as taken on team photo day:

Wilsonville Girls Varsity: "Contenders"

Grand Ave. gym, photoshop HDR

Wilsonville Girls Varsity 09





Basketball Season & Arena Lighting!

17 11 2009

In the past, I have always photographed in small gym’s and they always have terrible lighting! I mean, in order to stop action, especially very fast action like dribbling basketballs and 6’9″ guys slamming a serious dunks, etc., you need expensive lenses and top-of-the-line cameras, ie: Canon 1D Mark 2’s or Mark 3’s that can follow focus that fast action. 

At a minimum you need 1/500th of a second and in those dark gym’s that means shooting 1600 or higher ISO’s. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Quality! The newer camera’s are starting to get better with the grain quality but what better way to get good quality but to lower that ISO down in the 400 range, and stop the action with flash duration (I will probably make a blog post in the future regarding flash duration but a basic explanation is the time the light from the flash that falls on the subject) but anyway…. use arena lighting!!

So, with the upcoming basketball season I thought I would finally sit down and create a couple video clips to share with potential clients. The argument is this “oh, I dont want those bright flashes going off during the game because it will distract the players….”. Uh, not if you do it right! The positioning of the lighting is crucial, yes, but if proper testing is done, it can be perfected and create amazing results!

Oh, and remember, I don’t charge a fee for shooting action so email me your team’s schedule and have me shoot a game for your team!

Here are two videos I created that show the full-speed action, along with some still images in between. ENJOY!

Can’t forget the ladies!….

The gym at Mt. Hood Community College with 2 lights bounced off the ceiling:

2 lights bounced off the ceiling

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

Now this is taken without the lights firing, same settings, horrible quality!





Mt. Hood Softball at Timberline

11 11 2009

For the past couple seasons I have taken the team and individual photos for the Mt. Hood softball team. The shoot has become know as the “fire shoot” where we light softballs and bats on fire. I look forward to that shoot the every year! ( click here for a video clip from the infamous fire shoot!!!!)

Since the team doesn’t actually play their first actual game until March 1st, 2010, coach Meadow called and wanted to have a fun Christmas photo taken. She wanted something different and a little more interesting. Her idea was a team photo up in the snow. We planned the shoot for November 10 up at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Here’s a few from the shoot!:

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Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

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Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10





Sports Photography Slideshow!

31 10 2009

Happy Halloween!

Today I was invited to be a guest speaker for Chris Ryan at his weekend photography class. I went down to Newspace and shared my photo thoughts on sports photography and shared an awesome slideshow of my best sports images. A HUGE “thanks” to Chris for the invite, I had a blast today!

Check out my cool slideshow:





Blazers – Game One!

28 10 2009

Wow, can’t believe the regular season is finally here! It was great to see all those familiar faces…and some new ones too. How long has it been, like 6 months since we played Houston in the playoffs? I heard the Canzano show on my way to the game that: “it seems like we’ve been playing Houston all summer”….for sure, LOL!

For me, tonight started like we left off back in April…CRAZY! My shot list was full for pre game so if you yelled at me on the concourse and I missed you or if I just gave a wave…sorry but I was runnin’ everywhere!

It is definitely nice to be back shootin’ the games…can’t wait to see how these guys play together and follow the team again. One down, 81 games plus playoffs remain….UPRISE part 2, bring it!

GO BLAZERS! Here’s a few from tonight!





Welcome to my new blog!

13 10 2009

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my new blog! Ok, so yes I am totally new to this blog thing but I plan to update the page twice a week, on monday’s and friday’s…and maybe a few in between so bookmark this page and check back often!

For my blog I plan to offer tips and tricks on how I work as well as add more cool photography videos on my new You Tube channel ( jeffhindsTV, link on the right). I will post just about everything I do that is photo-related and maybe throw in a few personal adventures in there…who knows what I might post!

Ok, so I’ve already been posting for the past week so enjoy what I have done over the past week!!!!!!

Jeff