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Taking Better Pictures, Pt 3

Tom Campitelli, SSC | June 01, 2016

Starting Strength Coach and Photographer Tom Campitelli further explores composition ideas and presents more examples around taking pictures of lifters in gyms. He also briefly discusses some of the necessary photographic hardware and settings necessary for low light shooting. This is the third and final part of his address to the 2015 Starting Strength Coaches Association Conference that took place in Wichita Falls, TX.

More on taking interesting pictures

0:00 - Good subjects

0:45 - Staying out of the way

1:30 - Coaching and taking pictures

Example photos

2:00 - Pull #1 -  Barbell included, blurred background, shot low

2:40 - Pull #2 - Lighting difficulties

3:39 - Make sure your pictures show correct lift or some point you want to emphasize

4:02 - Pull #3 - Post-processing

5:47 - Pull #4 - Intentional overexposure, shot low

6:56 - Pull #5 - Detail shot

8:09 - Pull #6 - Super low

9:03 - Press #1 - Press challenges

10:12 - Press #2 - Partial subject

10:42 - Celebration #1 - Celebration shots can be interesting, useful in competition settings

11:30 - Celebration #2

Gear

12:08 - Cameras - Cell phones are inadequate (phone first, shutter lag, hard to manipulate, limitations in blurring out background);  Digital SLR - see exactly what the camera is seeing, high performing lenses available

          - Lens - fixed focal length - 35 or 50mm lenses probably most useful in gym context; zoom lenses - complicated

          - Companies - Cannon & Nikon - two biggest companies, wide variety of lenses and options, easy to rent gear

(18:22 Bench press shooting angle)

19:27 Modern cameras vs older cameras

21:05 Data storage

21:48 Raw vs jpeg shooting

Summary

22:22 Summary 

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