Category: Sports

High School Sports team banner, 2019 Clarkston girls basketball

Another example of a high school sports team banner. This one for the varsity girls basketball team for their 2019, 2020 season. The team chose a similar banner to what they did last year, captains up front with the rest of the players stacking behind, Flying V. This year I chose to add a bit of glow coming from the background as in some previous banners.

The process to make a banner like this is to plan the layout and lighting, choose the images and then composite. We wrote down the layout of all the players left to right and shot them in that order. I shot the players on the left side mostly facing to the left and the players on the right facing right. Most of the girls had basketballs. We shot most players left, center and right for variety. The lighting was a key light with an umbrella above and just to the right and a back light kicker high and to the left. This is a pretty serious team so they chose to so be not so girly girl and went with stoic serious poses and expressions.

After choosing each players’ image I selected them in Lightroom, made adjustments and opened in Photoshop. In Photoshop each player was cutout and brought into the background file and arranged in a pleasing manner. Shadows under the feet and on the floor we’re added.

The file was sent to Printboys Digital in Auburn Hills and the 5 foot by 10 foot banner hangs in the gym now.

Thanks to Leo’s Coney Island for their sponsorship

Hometown Friday Night Football

My impressions of Hometown Friday Night Football and what it takes for a high school to put on a football game. The evening starts with the fans coming into the stadium, the concession crew getting ready and the players in the training rooms getting taped up. The teams come out under the field for their pregame warm-ups and then head back in to the locker rooms. In the locker rooms they go over their pregame strategy an get inspirational speeches from players and coaches. The speeches really are very good. The home team comes out of the locker room into their end zone with cheerleaders on either side some holding up paper banner for the players to rip through.  The teams then go to the sidelines and stand at attention while the marching band plays the national anthem. Some of the students even singing anthem although this week they got a bit off from the music, funny.

Hometown Friday Night Football game started in low sun with long shadows, moved into Sunset, into dusk and then into full night with the lights blazing.  The evening was cool enough for shorts for some sweaters and jackets for others. line was 20 to 30 people deep for concessions at halftime.

I did not get up into the coaches and commentary box for this game will have to do so next game.

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Hometown Friday Night Football

Stills from Clarkston High School Hometown Friday Night Football.  These shots are my impressions of all that goes on for a school to deliver a Friday nigh football game.  The event starts with concessions getting ready and the players getting taped up.  The fans start to come into the stadium as both teams take the field for there pregame warmups.  The teams go back into the locker rooms for the last inspirational speeches from various team members and coaches, they really are very good!  Then the show starts. The cheerleaders go to the end zone to welcome the home team onto the field with the traditional ripping through the paper banner.  The teams gather on the sidelines and stand at attention as the marching band plays the national anthem  In this evening’s case the white rowdy student section sand the anthem, but got a bit ahead of the song, fun.  This game started in full sun with lengthening shadows and continued into sunset, dusk and full dark under the lights.