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





Inspiration

27 09 2010

This week’s blog assignment/keyword for the MHCCIM Students is: Inspiration. For me, I had to think a lot about this one and how I could relate it to a photograph. I’m inspired by quite a few things. Music always keeps me going no matter what I am doing. Other photographers images can be an inspiration….seeing how they view an image and how they choose to light it. Just the challenge itself of creating and lighting a portrait can inspire me. I think one of the very first things that inspired me to pursue photography in the first place was sports, action, and being up close at events to try an capture the moment of impact or winning goal.

Lately, I think what’s been keeping me going is in fact, lighting. Controlling light can be inspirational. Seeing how modifiers work, and using them to create an image is an undescribable feeling, especially when it’s an emotional wedding image or picture of the winning team.

I’m still thinking about what else inspires me but for now here are a few images I’ve taken that have inspired me to keep shooting.

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Sunset Sailboat In Jamaica

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Light Painting

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Swimming Action

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Jenny & TJ's first dance

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Hawthorne Bridge

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Subaru Rally Cars!





Firewood Circles

25 09 2010

Today was mainly a chill day and work-around-the-house day. With that, I cut some firewood for the fire pit and…viola….found some circles for the class assignment! Both images taken with my Blackberry…

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Firewood Circles 1

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Firewood Circles 2





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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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





Donna & Gabriel’s Wedding

19 09 2010

Well, all I can say about this one, and the word of the day was: “RAIN”!

It literally poured rain all day from the time I arrived at Abernethy Center, to the time I walked back in the door at home. Now I didn’t let it get me down. I knew it would be a challenge to basically take every photo under the main tent there, but I made it work.

First thing I did when I arrived at 3pm was to set up the 4-lights and get them dialed in. Everyone in the wedding party arrived at 4pm and we never looked back! I still cannot believe how smooth the day went, even with the steady flow of water from the heavens!

After the pre ceremony photos, the ceremony started just after 630pm. Of course, due to the down pour, the ceremony was moved under the tent. Cocktail hour followed the ceremony and we wrapped the family formals just in time for the plated dinner (and it was goooood, I might add).

For the reception, DJ Erich from Rose City DJ’s took over and worked his magic. The crowd was very involved in all reception events and they didn’t hesitate to fill the floor dancing!

We ended the night with a true Oregon, rainy send-off. The newlyweds exited in the “100 Stretch Excalibur” from Chariot Limousine.

Congrats guys, thanks for a fun day! Here’s a few images from the day: