Jimmer Fredette by Jaren Wilkey. Great shot, considering.
Good readin': TOP reader Jaren Wilkey, the Manager of Brigham Young University Photography and a member of UPAA (the University Photographers Association of America), gives a particularly lucid account, at the UPAA blog, of what it's like to shoot a sports celebrity portrait—in this case, BYU star Jimmer Fredette.
(At about 1:10 in the video, I chuckled at "I'm going to be lying right here in this nice little mud pile, 'cause that's...that's what a photographer does." Bro. Glad it's you and not me.)
As I often say, many "how-to" accounts of professional photography tell you all the details of typical shoots but leave out one crucial, critical element: time constraints. Jaren's text gives a vivid idea not only of what it's like to prep a shoot, but what it's like when the schedule is changed on you at the last minute and you only have 13 minutes with the subject—and it's threatening to rain.
(And by the way, if you really want to learn how to be an assignment pro, nothing beats assisting a guy like Jaren for a while on jobs like this.)
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