The first set up was using the backstop as a background. I tried hitting the backstop with a flash on full power on a stand to light it up, using it low to create a more interesting angle to the light.
The photo below was the same set up, but I closed down the aperture a bit more to darken the ambient exposure of the sky.
I then moved out to the pitching mound and tried a variety of set ups with Sam pitching. Now, the problem with the mound was that since Sam threw with her right hand, to get the right angle she would be under the sun light. The light was somewhat higher in the sky, so it didn’t light up her eyes very well, so I decided to overpower it with the flash. This was done using the three flashes velcro-ed together trick.
The other option I have is to make the ambient sun exposure lighter or darker by changing my shutter speed. The higher I go with the speed, the darker the ambient. The shot below is taken with 1/250th of a second.
For this shot, I had her toss the ball up with the sun at the top of the frame. It took a few frames, but I was able to snag a shot with the ball covering over the sun, giving it a neat glow around it. This looks cool, but wait until I can show you my tennis shot using the same technique, it rocks!
Next up is a pair of soccer players!
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