At the end of each sports season, The Herald gives out player of the year awards to high school athletes. For the most part, we try to do stylized portraits of each kid. I like these kinds of assignments. They give me a chance to interact with the athletes outside of the game arena and to shoot a fun, lit photo.
I normally haul out the big lighting kit: power pack, two to three strobe heads, umbrellas, soft-boxes, grids, stands and a couple hundred feet of extension cord. It’s a lot to carry. And, in case of rain, not exactly weatherproof. And if you know anything about the weather in western Washington in late November, rain is almost guaranteed. Enter the smaller, easier, lighter and more rain friendly light set-up.
This is what I used to photograph Glacier Peak’s Sean Elledge, The Herald’s Defensive Player of the Year.
• Manfrotto 5001B Nano light stand
• Canon CP-E4 battery pack
• Canon 580 EX flash
• Canon ST-E2 transmitter
The kit is small, lightweight and best of all, not likely to electrocute either the subject or myself.
Click here for the published photo and story.Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
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