Referred by a fellow Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member John Grow of Sideline Productions, photographer William Morton spent most of the day today photographing a variety of sports memorabilia for Game Used Universe, an online auction website. Almost all of the items were autographed and/or used by a major league player in a game, so the day became a bit of a history lesson as well as a “Who’s who” in sports. The evolution served as a great test for the workflow process of volume product photography, allowing William to use the Nikon D3 tethered but also test the Live View capability of Nikon Capture Control Pro 2 software. This was very effective for positioning the camera overhead on a boom and being able to focus and shoot down on a jersey without being able to look through the camera. Overall the day was a great success, with multiple views of almost 100 items all captured and archived to DVD in a single day.
We had a fun shoot in the studio today! My friend Mike (aka “Gunny”) brought his Night Rod downtown and we lit it up. Lighting a black bike with lots of reflective metal and chrome proved to be quite a challenge, especially on a dark background! Below is a sample of what we came up with at the end of the day.
ASMP San Diego presented a Pro Workshop Series on Saturday August 22. The workshop consisted of three 2-hour segments concentrating on product photography, fashion lighting, and sports/action photography. Lon Atkinson hosted the event and demonstrated how he builds the lighting for a western gun and holster and then fine-tunes the image captured on the medium-format Sinar camera. Studio J owner William Morton demonstrated fashion lighting for different types of fabrics and wardrobe. William provided an exemplary demonstration of Murphy’s Laws in all their glory, as first one lighting power pack smoked and then a backup pack failed halfway through the segment. Added on top of two models canceling the day prior, two laptops not talking to either the projectors or the camera, and software failing to initialize, William certainly had his hands full as he worked around the multitude of problems to get working solutions. Fortunately photo assistant Jesse Dhein helped tremendously. Eventually last-minute-volunteer models Heidi Lee and Stephanie June posed while William illustrated the key features of the dresses provided by stylist Susan Linnet Cox, who also demonstrated how she makes the wardrobe “fit” the model. Makeup Artist Mary Erickson transformed the models’ to make them “camera ready.” The attendees commented that they appreciated seeing a shoot that didn’t go flawlessly, as the real-world scenario illustrated the importance of not only having a Plan B, but a Plan C, Plan D, and Plan E as a minimum. Perseverance pays off! Sports photographer Stan Liu finished off the workshop with a frank discussion of the sports photography industry, his stellar imagery, and a demonstration outside with a well-armed high-jumping model. All-in-all, it was an info-packed day for the attendees. A few candid images from William’s segment are included below, compliments of Wayne Richard, as well as a couple of William’s shots.
William Morton does a PR shoot of an AARP Medicare class in San Diego.
Studio J hosts NIK Software workshop for the Digital Photo Academy.