Kiwanis Team, 2022
Moose Lodge Team, 2022
Commissioned Photography of Randy – No. 14 & Hunter – No. 8
Sports photography is one of my favorite categories of image capturing. For a period of time when I worked at Indian River State College, my department ran concessions at various college sporting events. While there, I used the opportunity to photograph the athletes and use the images to help develop marketing materials and campaigns for the Athletics Department. Many of the campaigns never made it past conceptualization, but the intention and effort was there.
Since the end of my involvement with the Athletics Department at IRSC in 2016, I have not photographed a sporting event. Fast-forward 6-years later to 2022, my cousin’s child, Legend A. Bishop, is 8-years-old and playing in his first little league game for the Moose Lodge of Fort Pierce. I found myself with an opportunity to re-kindle my enjoyment of photographing athletes and support my favorite little 8-year-old.
Below are photos from the March 28, 2022 game.
During Legend’s game, I was approached by a parent of one of the other players, Dyan Serkin. Dyan requested that any images of her son, Hunter – No.8, be shared with her. Since I’m already photographing the kids, I didn’t mind what-so-ever. If I could capture photos good enough of her son to be worthy of a frame, that would be a proud moment for myself.
After Dyan saw the images, she offered to hire me to photograph her other son, Randy – No.14, on the Kiwanis Team. I’ve never been offered payment for photography before, so this was a new venture. I accepted and attended the game, which was cancelled due to a thunderstorm. I attended the make-up game and captured some images of Randy and his team members that I thought were rather good, all things considered.
Below are images from the April 25, 2022 game.
Back To The Moose Lodge
After completing the Kiwanis Team mission, I felt renewed in my confidence to capture some excellent photos of these young athletes. I attended Legend’s next game, entered the baseball field (you’d be so proud, dad), and captured what I could. With each event, more and more inquiries about my involvement, prices, and availability.
Below are images from the April 26, 2022 game.
Continued Success In Sports
As you can tell from Game 1 to Game 3, I’ve been improving my sports photography skills. From composition to sharpness, light, action capture, and color grading. Practice makes perfect.
Ironically, I was never into sports at any point in my life. Yet, I keep finding myself with sports themed projects like the Treasure Coast Patriots logo or my self-assigned mascot identity for Indian River State College.
The majority of my experience in sports photography took place during day-time games in sunny conditions. Photographing these little league games presented new challenges for me as I hadn’t photographed an outdoor sporting event at night. I quickly learned that my lens, a Tamron 18-270mm (discontinued), was not fast enough in low-lighting conditions to capture what I wanted. Additionally, as the light waned, I needed to constantly adjust settings to compensate for the changes from sunlight to stadium lighting – adjustments that I am unaccustomed to.
I shoot on a Canon T4i and found a sports photography lens best for these conditions would cost me somewhere close to $1,400 USD. Despite the issues I experienced, I made the most of my photography kit by compensating with adjustments made to images in Adobe Lightroom. I favor a nostalgic, vintage color grading in sports photography – many of the photos I have edited feature a tweaked matte color grade. As I progress in this skills development, I’ll upgrade my photography kit to encompass this developing need.