I had a day. One of those days you shoot a lot of photos, a lot. I knew I was going to Governor's Academy to photograph three games and I thought, why not add a portrait session before the games start! So I set it up with the school and had three basketball players come into the gym early to test some things out and see what we could create. We went through 3 different lighting set ups in about an hour and a half. The first was a standard three light set up, two side lights and a key light above and to the side of the camera. I shot close up with a wide angle to start but moved across the court with a telephoto to get something different. To get the reflection I laid down on the dusty floor and set the camera on the floor, I definitely want to try this again with someone dunking on the other end of the court next time.
The second set up I had the athletes doing more dynamic movements closer to the basket and used two lights. This was harder than I anticipated. Focusing, framing, and timing all have to come together in order to get the photo.
For the last set up, I gave them the option of white background or dark background with red mist. They chose red mist. This was a two light set up, speedlight behind the subject with a red gel, and a B1 with a 2-ft Octa above the camera and off to the side a little. The two athletes that weren't being photographed generously sprayed the mist for the photos. I did bring two small towels with me so the floor didn't get soaked and dangerous for the games!
I love having a day!