Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Useful Camera Settings (Indoor Sports)

Camera settings
I'm often asked about "typical" camera settings, and what should be used in various situations. As such, I've gathered a short list of what I use most, depending on the provided or adjusted light, motion, and overall conditions.

I'll discuss Sports in this post, and touch on Concert, Studio & Urban/architectural subjects, in later posts.

As most of you already know, photography is a  balance between three (3) key elements...
ISO (Sensibility to light), F-Stop (Depth of field), and Speed (stopping motion in it's track).
In challenging instances or settings, one might need to play the "compensation" card, in order
to achieve the desired result.

Depending if you're shooting an outdoor or indoor venue, most times I'll use an F2.8 depth of field, in order the have a nice "soft" background (making the subject pop out of the picture), and leaving myself enough margin to crank up the speed, to freeze the action, without having to boost the ISO too high, and avoid having too much digital "noise" in an image.
Example:  NHL Indoor hockey, my settings are something like this...

Full Manual Mode, F2.8, 1/800sec speed & 1600 ISO

BOXING, on the other hand, is a whole different story.  High speed action, Low light, warm color-cast lighting from above spotlights, etc....  This is a perfect example of "sacrificing" one of the above-mentioned elements, in order to achieve the best possible results.  In a "decently-lit" arena, my settings of choice would be something like this...

Full Manual Mode, F3.5, 1/800sec & 5000 ISO
If digital noise is a concern at this level ISO (camera body dependent) a good portion of it can be reduced, using appropriate software.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

NBA - Boson Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves

SNAPePHOTO was contracted to shoot for the NBA during the Canada Series Big Tour, here in Montreal.  The mandate consisted of covering The Sun Youth Press Conference, Shriner's Children's Hospital, Hornets Fit Clinic, Foot Locker Store, St-Bruno Mall, Kids Breakfast Club Fit Clinic, Foot Locket Fantasy Camp, The Chalk Talk, and of course..., the Big Game opposing the Boston Celtics vs the Minnesota Timberwolves!
 A few additional pics from those events, can be seen HERE

Above you can see images taken from the board cam, from the ceiling "grid", and courtside.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crystal Miller - Casting Shoot

Photo shoot with Crystal Miller, aspiring actress, that just landed a key role in film that will debut in spring 2014.  To see additional work of a similar type, click HERE

G1 Tour Tack Day - Circuit Mont Tremblant

To see additional pics from that event, click HERE
Panning image, taken at close proximity, practically facing the sun, making it a more technical shot to capture.
100 ISO, 1/80th sec, F5.6 and 580EX Flash at ETTL +2

Isabelle Paradis - Casting Shoot

Casting shoot with Isabelle Paradis Standing member of l'UDA

To see additional work of a similar type, click HERE
An awesome shoot with this up-and-coming star.  You'll be seeing more of her in commercials, and hopefully, TV-series.  Inquire with us on how to book your portrait or portfolio session, by phone, or HERE

Sunday, October 6, 2013

G1 Tour Track Day - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

To see additional pics from that event, click HERE
With G1 Tour, you can drive the newest & hottest supercars on a race track, along with an instructor, and really test your nerves!  These events are held at various venues (Sanair, Calabogie, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Mont Tremblant, Ste-Eustache & Riverside Speedway). Go to their site for more information > G1 Tour

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Isabelle Tremblay - Promo/Casting Shoot

Promo shoot with Isabelle Tremblay
(Nascar Canadian Tire Series Driver)

To see additional work of a similar type, click HERE 

 As you probably know, Isabelle is everywhere!  When she's not on a race track, she's hosting an event, being a spokesperson or giving a conference.  It was a pleasure working with her, and to provide new promotional material, as well as  personal head shots.

Casting Shoot - Ryan Stevenson

A quick shoot with Ryan Stevenson, Drummer Extraordinaire!

 A basic white background was used, with large angled-overhead softbox (to accentuate muscle tone), smaller lower soft box as a filler, to retro strip boxes towards the model, and a single white "Shovel" type background reflector, to create that natural vignette.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

NIN Concert (Bell Center)

To see additional pics from that event, click HERE
It was in front of more than 10,200 fans, that Trent Reznor and the gang performed at the Bell Center