Last weekend, I had the honor of photographing the Current WCK Muay Thai World Champion, Mike Lemaire, who is also my training coach at Art of 8 Training Center in San Diego. Since Mike will be leaving soon to train in Holland for a few weeks before his next bout in New York for Glory 9 Kickboxing, we got together to update his Fighter Profile images.
As for lighting, I setup most of the shots quite similar to these boxing shots. However, this time I used a parabolic umbrella as my key light. I still kept the 2 kicker lights behind the subject in order to create the highlighted separation from the black background.
Just this past weekend my friend organized a private group paintball event at Velocity Paintball Park, located in Ramona California. However, due a to a recent boxing hand injury I was unable to play. I don’t play much often anymore, but I still love this sport. Back in my college days, my older brother and I would play competitively in tournaments. I loved the rush you get playing competitive paintball!
Since I didn’t get to play this weekend, I did the next best thing. Brought my camera and shot the action. I focused most of my shots on my little brother, since he was making more of the aggressive forward movements up the field. Here are my 3 tips for photographing paintball:
- Always use a glass filter on your lens. This will protect your precious glass, and will make clean up a lot easier at the end of the day.
- Cover your camera body with a clear plastic bag. Cut a hole for your lens and cover the body. This will allow you keep your camera pointed at the action without having to worry about your body getting damaged from paint splatter.
- Anticipate the action. Know the rules and flow of the game. This will allow you to better position yourself to get the best action shots.
Here are just a small collection of photos I shot from our private paintball group event.
This past Sunday, Autofashion held its 5th Annual VIP Festival in San Diego. Despite the slight showers throughout the day, car owners & spectators stuck around for a great event. Here are just a small preview of the VIP style cars that came to the festival. Stay tuned into StyleOverComfort for the full coverage of the event.
Come November 1st 2011, Style Over Comfort Online Lifestyle site launches! Really really really excited about the images we have been producing for this. My goals are to produce professional, high quality, and attractive images. Please follow us on twitter @STYLEovrCOMFORT and Like us on Facebook Style Over Comfort. Peep a quick composition of some of the images below!
A few months ago, I photographed my Boxing Personal Trainer in the studio. This shoot was strictly a personal project, so for these occasions I absolutely make sure to be creative, try new techniques, and more importantly make mistakes. Mistakes are very important because I learn the most from them. I played around with my lighting and setup until I got the look I was going for. I wanted a very dramatic feel for these images, and achieved it by using 2 kicker lights, 1 softbox directly above, and 1 bare strobe reflected directly below the subject.
Last night, I was very fortunate to be invited to watch Lebron James play in pick-up basketball games. Every year, Lebron James hosts King’s Academy basketball camp for kids in my hometown, San Diego.
– Usually lighting in gyms aren’t ideal for photographers. Having a really fast lens helps a lot, and saves you headaches from trying to capture those magical sports moments.
– Also, increasing your ISO setting will allow you to increase the shutter speed so that you can be able to capture all the action with little blur.
– It’s also key to know and understand the sport so that you can anticipate the action and be ahead, rather than reacting and ultimately missing your shot.
Hope these tips help with your photography adventures, and enjoy my photos of Lebron James on the court while all his basketball camp kids look up to him.