Category: Sports

Clarkston High School Sport photography

Clarkston High School Sport photography of the football captains.  The team putting the program together wanted to feature the nine senior captains of the football team and asked if I would do some shots.  Always glad to help local sport, I agreed.  We shot the seniors in the football jerseys against a white backdrop with simple directional light.  I got them looking all mean, tough and menacing.  This is the group of athletes that lead Clarkston to their second state championship in three years, quite an accomplishment

I know some of the seniors used the images for their senior open house banners.  Some made high school senior prints for Mom and Grandma.

I am in conversation again with the program team to do not only the football seniors, but possibly all the fall sports program seniors.  Looking forward to nice images of Clarkston’s finest.

High School Volleyball banner build

High School Volleyball banner build. This video is the photography and  graphics build of the 2017  Clarkston High School Varsity Volleyball showing all the separate elements that go into a composite photo like this.  I first had a conversation with the girls about the look and feel of the banner and we came up with this everyone in action look.  I scheduled a photo session before one of the practices and photographed everyone on a white seamless.  The girls chose their couple favorite images from a simple webpage of all the useable shots.  When I shot I had a strong backlight so I will be able to use some of the shadows from the shots.  I then outlined each girl i their action shot and placed them pleasingly in the new Photoshop file.  I must say the last few versions of Photoshop have made it much easier to outline with the more powerful tools.

In the build video I show each player being added, starting with the back row.  After the player is added I added the shadow on the body and shadow on the floor darkening or shadowing applied to each from the “shadow” created by the player in front.  Next I add the front row players again with a bit of shadow for depth and shadows on the floor. The white glow was added next and then the various graphics and sponsors.

The resulting banner was printed on indoor vinyl about 5 feet by 13 feet and proudly hung in the Clarkston High School gym for the volleyball season


Sports action photography – Clarkston High School girls soccer

These are some sports action photography we did while we were shooting for the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity soccer seniors.  The original shoot was for banners to be displayed at Senior Night at a home game.  Shoot sports action photography can be a challenge.  We had a cloudy afternoon, so I was able to control the exposure to get a dark ominous sky and I had my strobes so I could freeze the majority of the movement.  The only real motion blur is of the fast moving ball as it is being kicked and I like the amount of blur.  One of the biggest challenges is to start pressing the shutter release before the action I want to see happens.  A little bit of practice helps.  The next challenge is to trust in the players and not get hit by the ball.

Sports portraits on Clarkston High School girls soccer seniors

The girls soccer team from Clarkston High School asked me to photograph sports portraits of the seniors.  We had to shoot before one of their home games and were not able to get on the field because the JV soccer game was being played.  We went to a practice field on the south side of the stadium and shot in the grass. Most of the day had been pretty sunny and it clouded up as the afternoon went on.  The we started shooting the clouds came in.  I balanced my off camera strobes with the clouded sky and made the sky a bit dark and ominous.  I asked d the girls to with smile or look tough their choice.  While we were there and had everything set up we did a group shot and then some action shots of the defending, dribbling or kicking.  I will show the action shots in a future post.