A look at a portrait and video shoot at the Olympic Training Center
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Academy
Here is a fun little time lapse made during a portrait and video assignment I had at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista Calif. Helping me is The King of photography assistants Shawn Cullen.
A white seamless was used to give all of the portraits and video interviews a similar look so the individual projects had a cohesive feel to them.
To view the time lapse, click this link: OTC TIMELAPSE
There were several challenges in shooting outdoors using a seamless, even a slight wind would move and buckle the background. Spring clamps and some weights helped alleviate that problem. (You can see the seamless move quite a bit because of the wind in the first part of the time lapse.)
The biggest issue was maintaining a 1 to 1 1/2 stop difference between the subjects and the white seamless. Shooting outdoors, even in the shaded patio area outside of the OTC’s cafeteria, the available light wrecked havoc on keeping the backgrounds consistently bright-white. A good light meter, patience, chimping and most importantly a good assistant that is on the same page as you are the things that will help insure success.
A good assistant will keep an eye on the background, notice even subtle changes in the ambient light that could (and did) affect the overall look of the portrait — so you can concentrate on developing a rapport with the subject. For this assignment, freeing me up to work with our subjects was essential because I was shooting a still portrait, then conducting a video interview, followed up with shooting b-roll with a handheld camera.
We worked with eight athletes, which eventually produced six videos that were posted on USA TODAY Sports Media’s website.
- Cameras: Nikon D3s and D7000
- Lenses: Nikkor 24-70; 70-200; 105mm
- Lighting: Dynalight M1000 (2); 4 strobe heads
- Audio: Sony wireless lav mics
- Focus assist: Zacuto Z-finder
Here is a fun video made up of clips shot with a GoPro from the various videos produced at the Olympic Training Center: