Trainer Gets Schooled





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Behind The Lens

I took this photo during a photo shoot at a local Parkour Gym. We were setting up photos using actual Parkour gymnasts and gym member rather than models.
This photo was taken during the day inside the Parkour gym and we set up our lights to make it seem much darker than it actually was.
We wanted to get rid of all ambient light and we accomplished by using off-camera lighting camera left. We also wanted to highlight the chalk dust, so we placed another light behind the fighters. Although she was not trying to hurt the trainer, she actually landed a pretty good one on him for this shot.
I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm f/4.0 lens. Alien Bee flashes were also used.
I like to tell stories with my photography and I thought that a female boxer with a male trainer would work well, especially if she could land a knock-out punch. The look on his face was a huge bonus.
I darkened the areas where there was still a bit more ambient light that I felt detracted from the shot. I removed a few blemishes and then did the standard white balance, contrast, and exposure adjustments. I then added a vignette.
In my camera bag
I always have 2 cameras...a Canon 5D Mark iii and a Canon M-6 mirrorless. The mirrorless is easy to carry and is not intimidating when I'm traveling. I also bring a 24-105mm lens along with a 50mm f/1.2 or a 100mm macro with me. A small reflector, lens cloth, extra batteries and sometimes a small LED light.
Tell stories with your photography. I like portraits and posed shots as much as the next guy, but I find it much more creative to develop a story-line.

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