Shooting Roller Derby Headshots

Part of going to see Joel Grimes last week was getting inspired to getting back into the studio. This year was supposed to be the year where I worked on lighting, and I started to get busy with sports. Now that basketball season is over I can concentrate on getting back into the studio. I made a lot of serious photos during the night, but my favorite shots are always those where the subject breaks for a second. A roller derby shot really should not have someone laughing in it, but that shows you a little about the person. After seeing some of Joel’s work I was inspired to get out of my comfort zone as far as being a completionist. Is that a real word? I don’t think so, but it does describe my need to show everything in the photo. I usually need to see the top of the head, and the hands, but here I think that it does get you in closer to the subject which makes the photo. I like having a few different models in the studio to try some things with. Over the course of the next few weeks I plan on coming down to the studio a bit more just to work on getting a look. I have a few things that I like, but I also know that I need to explore a little more. This should be a fun spring.

Showing a Different Side of Roller Derby

Whenever I talk to someone about shooting roller derby I get different reactions. Most people think of the rough nature of the sport. It is a rough sport for sure. The bruises are real, and they even happen in the off season as I saw last night. I like the two shots below as they show a little more of the personalities of the skaters. Once again these are the moments in between the serious shots, but they are the ones that I love.


Shooting at Second Level Studios

None of this would be possible if not for Second Level Studios in downtown Lafayette. For me to invest in the equipment needed to make these shots would not be possible just to learn. One large barrier to entry to this field is the cost of getting everything necessary to shoot portraits. Most of my income goes towards equipment to get my in tighter to the action side of sports. Second Level Studios has given me a unique opportunity to learn with someone else’s gear. For this shot I used to Einsteins on either side of the girls with an Alien Bee as my front light. All of that is included in the price of my monthly rental. This really is a great way to learn lighting. I will link to the Facebook page for the studio one more time here. If you are near Lafayette and you want to learn lighting I can’t think of a better way to do it.

 

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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