Football season approaches…

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Football Season is almost here. We have about 50 days left until the pigskin flies. Yesterday night, I was working on some promos for our upcoming tailgate events. These promos will be used for flyers and social media. I’m also going to break down how I did these shots. The main focus point is the ASU Ram helmet. The colors shine great, and I was able to get a nice catch light on the edge of where the yellow meets the blue.

This was not an easy shoot to set up, since I was working on an inclined hill and wanted to get more of the background in rather than the fencing. As you will see in the final shot, I think I managed it with a little help from Adobe Photoshop.

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To illustrate how I made this, I used the Online Lighting Diagram Creator to help create an illustration. First I had the sunset already setting, and I took this around 9 p.m. to get those nice lights. I was lucky to have a lot of cloud coverage that gave a misty tone in the sky. The flower pot is my placeholder for the helmet. I used an Alienbee Flash B800 on the right. It was right next to the helmet angled about three feet above it, but not aimed straight at the helmet, but a little off.

I then used my SB-800 flash and remotely triggered it myself near the helmet. I set my camera on a timer and then ran to fire off the remote flash. The camera was on the bottom of a four-foot hill on a tripod looking up at the helmet. This helped to give me more sky rather than fence. Of course, at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, we have excellent places to stage photo shoots. This rock garden at the top of the hill divides the land from us to the fields. It was the perfect place to give us a West Texas football feel.

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The picture itself was shot at 200 ISO, which I normally like to use around night, to take out as much grain as I can. I set it to one-second and the aperture to F14 to keep that nice dark background in the back. As you see at the top, I had a lot of lighting to work with on my Alienbee Flash which I kept at 1/8th power.

This was a fun shoot, and I really enjoyed the end results. Since the helmet has some dings and looked a little beaten up, I cleaned it up in Photoshop. Also, since the front white part that says “RAMS” was glowing because of the light, I burned it in Photoshop to give it a more natural color. The only major part of Photoshop I used, was just adjusting levels and exposure to give it the natural shine. I will be using this technique for future shoots. Nothing says Texas like a good old-fashion sunset!

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