Behind the scenes outdoor crossfit photoshoot

We are kicking off this week with a new video. Nothing new for my YouTube subscribers or for those of you who come back regularly.

Another behind the scenes and kind of a part II of a previous CrossFit photoshoot video uploaded last summer. Ornella Nicolosi and Kevin Rantrua are back but this time we are making this outside!

I kind of got bored of shooting fitness and CrossFit athletes indoors or at the gym. I wanted to spice it up a little and wanted to see what it would look like to shoot them outside.

I am trying my best to push things a little bit further each time but working outside has its risks. My lighting set up was supposed to be the same as the first session, as I brought with me my 2 Siros L… but unfortunately, we only got to use one.

The weather wasn’t great and the light was dull and flat so I needed a little help to shape my light and shadows to add the desired definition and depth to their bodies.

Again make sure to check out the first session here, because the approach is pretty much the same minus one light.

[Check out also “How to light a ballet dancer with one light”]

The difficulty of course when shooting outside is the random light quality, and the wind was the reason why we were forced to work with a single strobe.

To add some fun we decided to use smoke grenades. We only made a few tries but I got to admit, I loved it! Don’t be surprised if you see a complete series of images with colored smoke in the future.

Here are 3 of my favorite shots with a few specs and details.

5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L and Beautybox 65 camera right
ISO 200 – 85mm 2.2 – 1/800th

5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L placed camera left
ISO 250 – 44mm 6.3 – 1/640th

5D mark III + Broncolor Siros L placed camera left
ISO 250 – 70mm 5.6 – 1/500th

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2 comments on "Behind the scenes outdoor crossfit photoshoot"

  1. HI, I would like to appreciate the work that you have been doing to spread the behind the scenes hard work and creativity your team is involved with. I am a budding photographer / Videographer in UK (Scotland). I have recieved a project of shooting for a cross fitness team in the outdoors. i would be more than delighted if you could help me suggesting the basic procedures or setups i have to keep in mind while shooting. i have a CANON 600D with couple of kit lens and a 50mm prime lens. i know this is too much to ask on a platform like this but hope you will look into the same and provide any guidelines for the same thanking you

    • It would be a mistake for me to give you any advice in the comments of my blog. You will end up with settings that might not work for you on the day of your photo shoot for multiple obvious reasons. I do not know where you are shooting, the type of light that will be available there, the location in general and the models you are going to photograph. You can’t just apply a basic formula, this the best way to not learn anything. If you really need help, or if you need a mentor, I suggest you find one of the best photographers in your area, and maybe try to attend one of his workshops, ask him if you can assist at one of his shoots… Best of luck for your future projects, in the meantime, go out and shoot, make mistakes and learn!

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