Another blog in the series Microstock Photography: In The Field
I’m always looking for new opportunities to add to my collection of fitness images in my microstock portfolio. I have a wide variety of shots of individuals working out alone or with a personal trainer, but I’ve been working to add more group shots that depict fitness classes. So when I was approached with an opportunity to do a great group shoot with the friendly people at a local fitness club, I just at it. Here’s an overview of how I planned and conducted the shoot.
The club was interested in getting photos of their TRX Suspension Training classes for promoting on their website and Facebook page. Instead of disrupting an actual scheduled class, we put together an after-hours session with a group of their members who were eager to participate as models. Each person agreed to sign a model release so that some of the photos could be added to my iStockphoto portfolio.
We spent about 90 minutes with two of us working the shoot. I used two cameras – one with a 24-70 mm zoom lens and the other with a 90 mm fixed lens. This allowed me to get a nice selection of wider angle as well as close in detail images.
The greatest challenge I faced is a common one for indoor fitness shooting – one of the walls was fully covered with mirrors, and two of the other walls were all windows. Talk about reflections!
I worked with three strobe lights, and had to continually maneuver them so that they didn’t show up or reflect in a mirror or window, but still provided nice lighting on the models as well as the background. I also had to be careful to compose the images so that we photographers weren’t visible in the mirrors. This is where having an assistant helping with the shoot really comes in handy.
All the models wore clothing with no recognizable logos as we had requested ahead of time, but most fitness shoes do have branding that you just can’t avoid. So as is typical with fitness shoots, there were lots of logos on shoes to remove during post-processing in order to make these acceptable microstock images.
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