Ok, here's the first one. We shot in a busy gym, so I couldn't put up a background (even if I had one) and there were lots of mirrors to pick up my flashes and so forth. I spent a few hours trying different effects to minimize the background, and ended up with a combination of blur and vignette. Please tell me honestly what you think of my results.
My two flashes are shoot through umbrella high camera left, reflective umbrella low camera right. He turned his head towards me in this shot, kinda screwing up the lighting, but I still like it.
Unfortunately, I spent all that time working on the basic quality JPEG (shot RAW + basic) - totally forgot about the RAW file. I'm such a NOOB! I will have to go back and do it all over again to get the best sharpness.
I liked the intensity in this pic - I have others where he's not deadlifting 675 lbs. I'l post more as I get to them.
Champion Nutrition is the sponsor, so we wanted that featured prominently.
Here's how I had my lights set up. I'd love to hear any feedback you have on this.
Kristy - beautiful pics. That lens does have some creamy bokeh! Sharp, too!