Sports Portraits: Essentials

How do you create sports portraits that capture the prowess and competitive spirits of athletes, young and old? Robert Vanelli shows how to light, shoot, and edit sports portraits with an "edgy" look.

About this course

How do you create sports portraits that capture the prowess and competitive spirits of athletes, young and old? Robert Vanelli shows how to light, shoot, and edit sports portraits with an "edgy" look.  You'll learn to use a portable studio setup that produces dramatic harsh lighting that can go right to the practice field. You'll also learn to stylize a shoot, integrating props like gear and team uniforms. He also shares tips for eliciting emotion from the athlete, and case studies from his experiences shooting cross-country runners and lacrosse players. The course wraps up with some post-processing techniques for portraits and action shots, as well as a trick for compositing images of individual players into a team shot with Lightroom and Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a portable backdrop
  • Using speedlights for great results
  • Researching the talent and the sport
  • Scouting the location
  • Lighting and designing the portrait
  • Shooting intense individual portraits and team shots
  • Post-processing portraits quickly in Lightroom
  • Finishing action shots from games in Lightroom

 

This course also appears on lynda.com

Curriculum

  • Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching This Course
  • Essential Gear
  • Using a Reflector
  • Using a Light Meter
  • Choosing a Portable Backdrop
  • When to use Speed Lights
  • Modifying Light with Softboxes
  • Understanding Your Talent
  • Researching Your Talent's Sport Atmosphere
  • Researching Your Talent
  • Understand the Rules of the Game
  • Case Study: Cross Country
  • Case Study: Lacrosse
  • Shooting on Location
  • Finding the Best Location
  • Confirm Permissions
  • Staging the Equipment
  • Lighting & Designing the Shot
  • Working with Your Talent
  • Create a Safe Shooting Environment
  • Building a Relationship
  • Establish Permissions & Release Forms
  • Controlling Your Set
  • Shooting Portraits
  • Choosing Your Master Shot
  • Shooting Intense Portraits
  • Composing for the Team Shot
  • Shooting Additional Elements
  • Import & Organize the Portraits
  • Importing & Adding Metadata from the Shoot
  • Making Selects & Creating Collections
  • Post Processing the Portraits
  • Cropping & Preparing the Image for Editing
  • Skin Touch Ups
  • Creating a Sports Portrait Look
  • Finishing Touches in Photoshop
  • Creating an Alternate Portrait
  • Completing a Team Portrait in Photoshop
  • Post Processing Game Shots
  • Game Shot Processing Reality
  • Creating a Develop Module Preset
  • Applying a Develop Module Preset
  • Touch Ups
  • Conclusion
  • Exercise Files

About this course

How do you create sports portraits that capture the prowess and competitive spirits of athletes, young and old? Robert Vanelli shows how to light, shoot, and edit sports portraits with an "edgy" look.  You'll learn to use a portable studio setup that produces dramatic harsh lighting that can go right to the practice field. You'll also learn to stylize a shoot, integrating props like gear and team uniforms. He also shares tips for eliciting emotion from the athlete, and case studies from his experiences shooting cross-country runners and lacrosse players. The course wraps up with some post-processing techniques for portraits and action shots, as well as a trick for compositing images of individual players into a team shot with Lightroom and Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a portable backdrop
  • Using speedlights for great results
  • Researching the talent and the sport
  • Scouting the location
  • Lighting and designing the portrait
  • Shooting intense individual portraits and team shots
  • Post-processing portraits quickly in Lightroom
  • Finishing action shots from games in Lightroom

 

This course also appears on lynda.com

Curriculum

  • Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching This Course
  • Essential Gear
  • Using a Reflector
  • Using a Light Meter
  • Choosing a Portable Backdrop
  • When to use Speed Lights
  • Modifying Light with Softboxes
  • Understanding Your Talent
  • Researching Your Talent's Sport Atmosphere
  • Researching Your Talent
  • Understand the Rules of the Game
  • Case Study: Cross Country
  • Case Study: Lacrosse
  • Shooting on Location
  • Finding the Best Location
  • Confirm Permissions
  • Staging the Equipment
  • Lighting & Designing the Shot
  • Working with Your Talent
  • Create a Safe Shooting Environment
  • Building a Relationship
  • Establish Permissions & Release Forms
  • Controlling Your Set
  • Shooting Portraits
  • Choosing Your Master Shot
  • Shooting Intense Portraits
  • Composing for the Team Shot
  • Shooting Additional Elements
  • Import & Organize the Portraits
  • Importing & Adding Metadata from the Shoot
  • Making Selects & Creating Collections
  • Post Processing the Portraits
  • Cropping & Preparing the Image for Editing
  • Skin Touch Ups
  • Creating a Sports Portrait Look
  • Finishing Touches in Photoshop
  • Creating an Alternate Portrait
  • Completing a Team Portrait in Photoshop
  • Post Processing Game Shots
  • Game Shot Processing Reality
  • Creating a Develop Module Preset
  • Applying a Develop Module Preset
  • Touch Ups
  • Conclusion
  • Exercise Files