By Jamm Aquino
Howdy! That time of the year again, when I switch into high gear in preparation for the fall/winter sports season. This is always marked by the annual special tabs for UH Football and Wahine Volleyball that we release prior to the season openers. I'm very fortunate to work with amazing editors and designers Mike Rovner and Bryant Fukutomi who help me envision the look and feel every year.
I used a Dynalite 1000pack and three heads to light these portraits. For football, we were put in the green room of the Stan Sheriff Center, which has a rather low ceiling. It presented somewhat of a challenge since some of the players are quite tall, and the C-stand holding the main head, with a grid, was maxed all the way up, touching the ceiling. I used the main head up and pointed down up front, and two heads on the left and right behind the players with barn doors for rim lighting. Since the photos were to be cut out, a nice clean background presented itself in the form of a white tile wall.
In order to achieve that high contrast look, I always like to have total control of my lighting and exposure, which is why I had the lights in the room totally off.
Once the lighting was nailed, it was just a matter of getting all the players, who are apparently on a tight schedule, to come in, pose, get photographed, and moved on. Next. Next. Next. You almost settle into a groove after the first subject you photograph, but you need to, as UH Sports Information allocates just a certain amount of time to get this done. I work with no lighting assistant, so all adjustments have to be made myself. But after about an hour and change worth of shooting, and the 45 minutes to set up and break down, it's all in a day's work for something I love to do.