I spent yesterday afternoon in a gym doing a stock photo shoot of gymnasts. The girls were a lot of fun and with their help (along with their coach) we hopefully kept the poses ‘real’.
The extremely large room (12,000 s.f.+) was a challenge to light due to the rapid fall-off in the background. With my normal two softbox setup the athletes would have had a near black background. To solve this problem, I ended up firing a 600ws monolight at full power with only a reflector into the background to provide an adequate light level.
As I’ve said many times before, it is always great to go on location for these shoots. I especially want to say thanks to the young ladies on the team at Bailie’s Gymnastics for being so helpful (and fun!).