May 18, 2009

Kevin Winzeler Photography :: Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot :: Major League Soccer Team, RSL

Hey Folks:
I'm finally getting this little video of our Real Salt Lake Soccer shoot uploaded for all to check out. This shoot goes back a couple of months, but it was fun to look back on an exciting media day with the RSL team as we shot a series of full body portraits and player headshots. A huge thanks to the RSL players, Marketing Folks (Davy Ratchford & Ben Evjen) as well as Christian Hall and Spy Guys crew for their behind the scenes footage and final edit of our day at Rio Tinto Stadium.

For those photogs interested in some of the techy stuff, including lighting configs and set-ups, I'll save you a few play/pause mouse clicks and deliver the good below. Feel free to drop me a line at for more details.

Profoto Acute 1200 (2 heads) - one strobe into beauty dish w/diffuser sock for hair light, one strobe as background light (Head Shots)
Profoto 7B pack w/ Ring flash for fill light (Full Body Portaits)
Profoto 600r x2 w/20 degree grids for some kicker lights (all shots)
Canon 580EXII x 2 (added strip light on side)
Canon 5D Mark II
Pocket wizards x 4 (a few built into Profoto packs)
Lots of CF Memory and a good playlist in itunes
Gatorade bucket full of water w/spray bottle for star player headshots

For the "intense" headshots with nasty, gritty, sweat dripping off of the players faces :-), we went to a second lighting set-up with the gridded lights located about 7 feet back and at a 45 degree angle to each player for strong highlights while a beauty dished strobe was located overhead about 4 feet from the player and dialed down about a stop and half or so. See more player shots from the MLS shoot here: Kevin Winzeler Photography

Check out more Behind the scenes videos coming soon...

Basic light config

May 8, 2009

Taking pictures at 2 years old

Personal post coming your way today from a little Father and Son work day.

Graham: "Daddy, I go to work, you stay here"

[graham marches down the stairs to our home studio for "his" day of work. I follow him very curious to see what he'll do once he gets to 'work'. He summons me into the room and over to the white backdrop and commences to direct me]

Graham: "I take pictures and you play around"
Dad: "Okay Graham, I'll play with Thomas and Woody while you take some pictures little bud"

[Graham picks up the Canon 40D with 35mm f1.4 L series lens and starts shooting away. And yes, at two years old he knows how to turn the camera, press the shutter button and look at the pictures. He then squints both eyes as tight as he can and puts his face up to the viewfinder, grabs the camera with his little hands and puts his index finger right on the trigger and starts to snap away]

His favorite subjects are: Anything his little sister "abs" is doing, TV, ceiling and overhead lights, and anything that moves (cars, bikes, motorcycles).

Proud Dad!