WSU Football Spring Practice – April 7th

I made plans to get some photos today but I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. I was thinking possibly some sunset shots, but it was far from sunset. I wanted to go to the CUB on the WSU campus for lunch and to work on my column. I figured it would be a great excuse to be on campus and get some photos of some buildings. I would like to get pictures of buildings and views that will be going away. For example the old WSU Fire Station (currently used as a police station) will be razed (partially) for an expansion of the Fine Arts building. The Stadium Way/Main Street entrance to campus was updated with new rock walls and signs. It is very nice.

I digress.

I walked out of the CUB towards the roof of the Terrell Library. It has some pretty nice views and happens to overlook the WSU football team’s practice field. As it turns out they were practicing. I grabbed my camera and started to take photos. After a few minutes a guy shows up and lets me know that I am okay to come to the field and take all the photos I want but they are asking I do not take photos from the roof. Live and learn. The man said they were going to be going to Martin Stadium soon. He gave me a roster and invited me to come on to the field and get some action shots.

I went down to Martin Stadium and started to take photos. This was my first time using my camera to do sports. I was learning as I was there. Due to the lighting on the and the low sitting sun I had to change my settings a lot. My goal for the photos was to have action shots that froze the action. My camera can do 1/8000 of a second for a photo.

Overall I found when I was taking a photo of action taking place in the bright sunlight I had my exposure time between 1/1250 sec to 1/2000 sec with ISO-400. Some of them were taken at with an exposure speed of 1/1000 sec to 1/1250 sec with ISO-640. Most of the photos I took in the shaded areas had exposure settings of 1/640 sec to 1/800 sec with ISO-800.

The majority of my photos were taken using my Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM. A couple wide angle shots were taken with my Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM.

The photos in the gallery are a sampling of the photos I captured. I hope that I can get better at getting the good angles for sports shots in the future. Unfortunately several rad shots were ruined because I wasn’t in the right spot when the photo was being taken so I didn’t get the detail I wanted.

Testing Equipment and Editing

With the help of a couple friends I have been testing some new equipment and methods for removing the green screen and cast for portraits.

Equipment List:
– Canon 70D dSLR with Canon EF Lens 50mm 1:1.89 STM lens
– Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash
– Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Head
– Impact Background Support System – 12′ Wide
– Prism Backdrops by Ravelli 6×10′ Chromakey Green Muslin Backdrop
– Life of Photo 12 x 12″ Inch 18% Gray Reference Reflector Card
– StudioPRO 3200 Watt Double 24″x36″ Softbox Lighting with 14 45W light bulbs

Each set of two photos is a before and after editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. The first set is my friend Jeff. My settings for the camera were iso-100, f/8, 1/25 sec.

The second two sets are my friend Patrick. My settings for both sets were iso-100, f/5, 1/125 sec. An indirect flash was also used on both of Patrick’s sets.

The third two sets are my friend Riley. In the first set my camera was set at iso-100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec. The second set was iso-100, f/5, 1/125 sec. An indirect flash was also used on both of Riley’s sets.

Green screen and cast removal methods are from the Photoshop Mama video series on youtube. The first of the series can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2IIfMjf_iI