Shooting High Speed Sync with Fuji X-E3 & Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL

Blue Bird on my Bird-feeder in Roswell, GA [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 1000, ƒ/4.8, 1/200 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
Just before Christmas my friend Dennis Fahringer forwarded me a special that Adorama had on their  Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter. The flash was $119 and the transmitter $46.

I had bought earlier the Godox VING V860IIN TTL Li-Ion Flash Kit for Nikon with it’s transmitter.The reason I did this is I loved the Neewer TT850, which is pretty much the same flash with the TTL capabilities.

Neewer, Godox and Flashpoint are all the same company but marketed differently. Flashpoint is the Adorama branded system that comes with more warranty than the others.

I have not bought the studio version of the system yet, but plan to do so in the near future. They just introduced this week the newest version of the studio flash the Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro. This sells for $899 without the transmitter.

The XPLOR 600Pro TTL is the next evolution of the Flashpoint R2 radio system, compatible with the R2 Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus/Panasonic TTL auto flash systems, for remote power control and shooting.

Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla Probably the least numerous nuthatch in North America. Has lost ground in some areas because of habitat loss, but still common where southern pine forest exists. [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/1000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
Just using the bird-feeder in my backyard I was able to do some tests to see how well the camera worked with HSS of 1/4000. The flash supports the FP mode (high-speed flash sync), in which the flash outputs continuous light while the first and second curtains travel across the sensor, thereby enabling flash photography at any shutter speed.

The range of the radio transmitter from the camera to the flash is 330ft / 100m. Recycle time is <4 seconds. This is great for more than 600+ full power flashes with the Lithium battery.

If you want something faster then you need to use their studio heads. The Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight recycle time is approximately 0.01-0.9s.

Blue Bird on my Bird-feeder in Roswell, GA [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 25600, ƒ/8, 1/4000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL]
When you think of the exposure triangle you think that as you change on the others all are affected.

Well there is a kink in this because when you use a flash the volume of light is pretty much the same as you shorten the duration. The problem through the years was the ability to shorten the shutter speed and sync with the flash. This has now been pretty much solved in the last few years. So the affect on the shortening of the shutter speed is actually impacting the available light (The Sun) if outside and not the flash as much.

Action shot of soccer player in Oxnard, California. [Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 50, ƒ/11, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
Earlier I showed how I did this with the Nikon system. Now I can do the same with my Fuji X-E3 and the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter.

Now the cool thing about maybe picking up the studio flash Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro is it works with all the transmitters for Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Canon and Olympus. So, my two camera systems can use the same studio flash in TTL mode.

Yellow Finch [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/8, 1/1000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
I am looking forward to shooting more with my Fuji X-E3 and the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter in the months ahead. I love such a small system for travel.

Sharing my own struggle with depression related to storytelling

Witch doctor and his family in Togo, West Africa [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG Art, ISO 100, ƒ/1.4, 1/2500]
I believe that many journalists look for validation that the work they are doing is important. I sure do look for it myself. I want to know that I am making a difference.

However, I believe that too many put that validation within the industry through awards that are for the most part given by the high priests of journalism. Awards like the Pulitzers and POYs are judged by our peers and not by our audience.

Children of the local pastor in his corn field in Togo, West Africa. [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG Art, ISO 100, ƒ/1.4, 1/2000]
I stopped entering contests more than 25 years ago and only recently can articulate why. I felt like the awards didn’t validate if the stories I worked on made a difference in the audience’s lives.

When journalism is done right it is often a very slow pace of change that takes place in the communities that it serves. Sometimes the hardest part of the job is our impact can take years to see. Sometimes we often take credit for change we see that is really the work of others long before we came on to the scene.

This little shepherd boy is part of the Fulani tribe which is known for being herdsmen and is working in the village of Soubakamedougou, Burkina Faso. The Marlboro company gives hats to the young cowboys to promote their product in Burkina Faso. [Nikon D2X, Sigma 18-125mm, ISO 100, ƒ/5.6, 1/90]
We as journalists should really be looking to our audiences and how they are responding to our stories about our communities for validation.

Though it may be interesting or even entertaining, the foremost value of news is as a utility to empower the informed. The purpose of journalism is thus to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.

Lisbon, Portugal [Nikon D4, Nikon 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 800, ƒ/9, 1.3 – On Tripod]
We need to ask ourselves, “Who’s paying attention? Why does the story need to be told? Why should the audience care?”

When the inner drive in our souls is that of a calling to journalism then it is much easier to endure long time sometimes necessary for us to see any real change.

The times when I am most depressed from burnout is when I am no longer really in touch with the audience and really know what they care about. If there are stories we think they should care about and they don’t then this is where I struggle the most.

I have discovered when I see no impact from my work it is often because of the metaphors and simile that I maybe using does not resonate with the audience. I must really know my audience so that while doing the story I am thinking of what the audience would be interested in and why.

Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania [Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 1600, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]
I think one of the best questions journalists should be asking of themselves is not how much time they spend on telling their stories, but rather how much time are they spending on getting to know their audience.

Once you have sought to understand your audience and your subject completely is only when great journalism can take place.

Woman in Nicaragua showing her kitchen to us and the lunch she is preparing. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 4500, ƒ/4, 1/100]

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Highlights

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 8000, ƒ/2.8, 1/4000]
Every year I cover the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. These games have been some of the most watched games in the Bowl Series through the years. Many close games and big upsets have taken place.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 10000, ƒ/2.8, 1/4000]
This year it was a match up between the SEC and the AAC conferences. University of Central Florida achieved perfection upsetting Auburn for 13-0 season.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 22800, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
Auburn fought hard but had 3 turnovers while UCF only had 1. This was the difference that helped UCF defeat Auburn 34-27.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 18000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
The game was close through out the four quarters. They traded scores back and forth keeping it close.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 18000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
UCF is Nation’s Second-Largest University. The University of Central Florida has become the second-largest university in the nation in student enrollment, surpassing Ohio State.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 20000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
The hard part about covering football is the tension about shooting tight and shooting too tight that you don’t see the competition.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
On one touchdown I couldn’t switch cameras fast enough so my lens was too tight to show the playing crossing the end zone.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 5600, ƒ/2.8, 1/4000]
One thing I did enjoy capturing with the UCF players was the joy they had for the game.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 18000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
These are just some of the action shots I captured from the game.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 22800, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
[Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 18000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]

Pictures of the Year 2017

Georgia National Cemetery is the second national cemetery in Georgia and the 123rd in the national cemetery system. [Nikon D5, 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 100, ƒ/7.1, 1/250]
2017 has a lot of memories for me. Fortunately my profession lets me document these moments in pictures.

Shuler Hensley Awards [Fuji X-E2, 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4.4, 1/160]
This year we started with a household of four and now we end the year with just two. Our youngest started at Columbus State University in Theater and our middle son moved into a house with a few of his friends.

Taylor, Chelle and Nelson [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/4, 1/160]
We had a lot of fun with Chelle’s theater performances and graduation this year.

Hawaii High School State Finals at the Parker Ranch on The Big Island. [Nikon D5, 85mm ƒ/1.8, ISO 100, ƒ/3.5, 1/1600]
I enjoyed another year spending a week in Kona, Hawaii teaching in the YWAM School of Photography.

This coming year I have been asked to teach by Mark Johnson in the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. I have taught in the past as an adjunct at other colleges and am looking forward to the new opportunities with UGA.

Here is a gallery of the Pictures of the Year for 2017.

 


I am looking forward to 2018 and will start the year with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

How To: Christmas family photo where everyone will look great – Even pets!

Christmas Family Photo [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 400, ƒ/8, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
This is a family photo we did this year of our family with my wife’s family. One of our son’s couldn’t be there and had to work with a new job.

To get this final photo required me to be behind the camera saying “Do you want a treat?” to get the three dogs in the middle to look at the camera.

Photo without me

So this is actually the photo I took with me behind the camera.

Photo with me but the dogs not paying attention

Here are the steps to then add me into the photo with dogs looking the best.

Open photo with me in photo shop. Open the second photo in photo shop with dogs looking best. Select all and copy the photo of dogs best.

Go to the photo with me in it and paste the other photo on top of it.

You will now have two layers. the top will be the one with dogs looking best and I am not in the photo. See the copy of PhotoShop screen grab.

Now we need to create a mask. Down below the layers click on the mask.

It will now look like what I have screen grabbed here for you. Be sure the brackets are around the mask (white box) and that it is the top photo, which is the one without me. We are going to use the eraser and now erase the empty chair and reveal me.

You just need to brush me in. See the photo of the tools here. Pick the eraser. It has box around it.

Next be sure the foreground color is black and on top. This will let you erase me.

Now if you make a mistake you can then click so that the white is on top and use the same brush and brush back the photo on top.

 As you brush you can see in the mask that what you brush over becomes black.

Now when we I finished and showed the photo they wanted the small dog on the far left to look at the camera as well. So I looked for a photo of the small dog looking great.

So I found this photo and then using the same technique brushed in the dog.

Here the tips you need to follow to make this work.

First put the camera on a sturdy tripod. You want to lock down the composition so that nothing changes.

Second do not change the zoom if you are using one.

Third if you are in the photo use the timer or use a remote to fire the camera. I had left my remote so I set the camera timer to 10 seconds.

Fourth, be sure you have good lighting on everyone. For this photo I used two Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere. Here is what the setup looked like:

Breaking Tradition to experience Christmas in Sparta, New Jersey

Christmas in Sparta, New Jersey. [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/4, 1/60]
We are celebrating Christmas in Sparta, New Jersey this year. This is my wife’s hometown.

She hasn’t been home to celebrate at Christmas since 1985. During our time together we have spent many of the years with my family in North Carolina.

Family photo with Santa is my sister-in-laws family tradition. [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 1250, ƒ/3.6, 1/100]
Joey is my brother-in-law and while eating dinner he realized my families traditions might be different and he asked me what we did for family traditions at Christmas.

What I am really excited about is that our family is willing to do something different in order to be with part of our family we haven’t had as much time with this year.

Santa is watching me at breakfast and holding his naughty or nice list. [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 51200, ƒ/4, 1/4000]
Just seeing the decorations around the house reminds me that these are new traditions for us to be exposed.

Dorie and I went to see earlier this year The Man Who Invented Christmas. The movie is the journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

While you may have some really cool traditions for your family at Christmas ask others what their traditions are and why they do them. Maybe this year you too will learn to redefine the holiday for your family.

Maybe the process will bring you closer to Christ whom this holiday is all about.

Only the humble believe him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Over the digital learning curve and on a plateau

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. Christmas Tree with our Magnolia tree in the backyard. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 400, ƒ/14, 1/40 – Godox V860IIN with MAGMOD MagSphere]
One of the biggest things to ever hit photography was the move to digital.

No matter how experienced you were in photography if you were a film shooter and you went to digital you went through the digital learning curve.

In the 1980s I went through learning about computers. I remember learning Quicken to track my checkbook and credit cards. I used a dialup modem to connect to the internet and go to the NPPA forums where similar to the message board here was my first time connecting to photographers around the world.

Early 1990s I experienced the learning curve for scanning film and learning PhotoShop. I kept waiting for the digital camera to surpass the film so I could jump to digital capture.

In 2002 I bought my first digital Nikon D100 camera. Just one year earlier a similar 6 megapixel camera cost $25,000 and then I was able to buy the Nikon D100 for $1,999.

Jimmy Carter peanut Christmas Tree Ornament [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/11, 6 sec]
All my colleagues and newbies to photography were all part of the digital learning curve.

I remember being told to shoot Adobe RGB yet when I took the pictures to the local pro lab they came out all screwed up. This is when I started to learn about color space and realized the printers could read sRGB at the time and not Adobe RGB.

This is when photography workshops exploded. We all needed help to learn PhotoShop and then later Lightroom.

Other advances were also happening. Most in the industry with film were using the hot shoe Vivitar 283 which was an automatic flash where you dialed the output by picking yellow or red and if you bought the adapter you could control it by power.

Hummel design Christmas Tree Ornament [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/11, 6.5 sec]
Nikon introduced a pretty complex TTL hot shoe system that changed lighting. Again we needed workshops to learn to use them.

The web evolved from forums to delivering videos. Now you can Google almost anything on YouTube and find a video showing you how to do just about anything, including everything around photography.

This meant workshops started dropping off in attendance.

Camera stores started building online stores and that changed the industry as well.

We no longer have the entire industry on the same learning curve at the same time as we did with the change from film to digital capture.

Now we are back to where we were just before the digital revolution hit. We are talking about the subject.

Wreaths Across America Day at Roswell Presbyterian Church Cemetery. [Fujifilm X-E3, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/105]
Workshops now are coming full circle. We are now talking about how to make a living in this industry again that is concentrating on how to capture subjects and tell stories.

We are also talking about the business side as well. Great customer service and how to protect yourself when working with clients.

Who do we seek out now to listen to? I find now I am having a harder time to find those who are “trending”. There are just so many mediums in specialties that you may not even know about some incredible photographers because we no longer have just a few publications as in the past.

This is what we are looking for is those people producing great images and want to learn from them.

What I think we want more than anything now going forward is a way to find great work being produced all over the world.

The problem is that most pros are scared to promote other work in fear of losing work. Therefore how do you find great work? I think whoever creates the new place to point us to great work that is what will be the next big thing in photography.

What is an “Image Library” photo shoot?

Do you have an “image library” for your organization? What is an “image library”? It is a pool of pictures that you commission that will be used in many different ways for mainly internal and external communications. Sometimes, but rarely are they used for advertising.

Today many of those with “image libraries” are hosting these online through intranet or Internet for different departments and even the organization’s agencies to use.

Lisbon Mission Storytelling Abroad Workshop. [Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/3.6, 1/800]
In the past mostly non-profits and educational institutions commissioned this work due to budget constraints, but now with the need to feed social media with ongoing content this is becoming popular for corporations.

[Nikon D3S, 85mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 640, ƒ/1.4, 1/640]
When I shoot for an “Image Library” production the coverage is quite broad. Often looking for diversity and showing some of the operations that goes on daily. We tend to have alerted departments we are coming at a particular time and then we capture their people working. We may move them around and even have them change outfits sometimes, like asking to put on a lab coat.

 

I have recommended that companies subscribe to online services like Libris by PhotoShelter. [https://libris.photoshelter.com/]

You can give access based on passwords or by email/password that gives you protection for your images.

Strong visuals can connect with an audience faster, and with more emotion, than words alone. Storytelling remains at the heart of good communication. The power of images in modern communication is irrefutable.

The approaches for doing an “Image Library” production vary widely. You can do high production shoots back to back where lighting and styling gives you high quality images. This is tends to be where the photographer is creating images rather than capturing them.

Mark Prausnitz, a chemical engineering professor from the Georgia Institute of Technologyshows the size of the experimental microneedle, with 400 tiny spikes.

You can go to the other extreme where the photographer uses little or no lighting and captures mainly what already exists situations. You are paying for the years of experience of the photographer to capture images within a situation.

Sometimes there is a mixture of high production and existing light depending on the needs of your organization.

Doing bi-annual or annual “Image Library” shoots gives your communications team images to help with the messaging you need to be doing to engage your audience.

The First Snow of Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia

Roswell Fire Department are monitoring a tree that it’s branches are in the transformer causing some arcing from power lines. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/9, ISO 81275, ƒ/4, 1/100]
Just two days ago the local televisions stations were predicting 1″ to 2″ of snow possible in metro Atlanta. As you see in the first photo we had the fire department monitoring arcing of a transformer since the snow had weighted down the branches of a pine tree into it.

The First Snow of Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. We have six inches in our backyard as of 8 am on Saturday, December 9, 2016. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-205mm ƒ/4, ISO 360, ƒ/4, 1/100]
This morning I woke up to 6″ on our back porch with the snow still falling.

Our Neighbor’s house last night all decorated. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/9, ISO 20000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
We enjoyed looking out our back windows to see the snow. Staying warm and seeing the snow is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the snow.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. Rhododendron in our backyard. [Nikon D5, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 8000, ƒ/36, 1/50 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]00, ƒ/36, 1/25 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
Here I was able to capture our Christmas tree all decorated with the snow falling outside the window.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 140, ƒ/4, 1/100 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
When the snow first started to fall I went out to get some photos figuring that we were getting that 1″ they had predicted.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 140, ƒ/4, 1/100 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
I was using my Godox V860IIN with the Godox X1NT to trigger the flash off camera. On the flash I was using the MagMod MagSphere to modify the light. This let me get a great color temperature on the leaves and flowers as I got in close.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 1250, ƒ/6.3, 1/100 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
I found it cool to find still evidence of Fall with the snow. We are still a few weeks from Winter.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. Magnolia tree in our backyard. [Nikon D5, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 2500, ƒ/8, 1/60 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT with MAGMOD MagSphere]
We are staying warm this Saturday morning and watching the snow still fall.

First Snow for Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. This is one of our squirrel proof bird feeders. [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 125, ƒ/1.4, 1/100]
This morning I had to clear the snow off the top of the bird feeder. The snow had weighted down the top making our squirrel proof bird feeder now bird proof as well.

Our Bird Feeder during the First Snow of Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, TC-2001, ISO 220, ƒ/4, 1/100]
This morning the snow has whited out our backyard.

Our Bird Feeder with a tufted titmouse during the First Snow of Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 720, ƒ/5.6, 1/500]
We are having all kinds of birds visit us.

Our Bird Feeder with a cardinal  during the First Snow of Winter 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. [Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8, TC-2001, ISO 4000, ƒ/5.6, 1/500]
Enjoying my time today with nature.

Sports Action That “POP!”

Action shot of soccer player in Oxnard, California. [Nikon D4, Nikon 14-24mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 50, ƒ/11, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
I had a lot of fun this weekend shooting some soccer shots. This is one of my favorite images from the day.

I am laying on the ground shooting with my Nikon 14-24mm lens at 14mm. The guy landed on me once and it might have been with this photo. As Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” I was trying to get super close to create more impact with the photos.

[Nikon D4, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 50, ƒ/8, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
The first photos I took was this typical team photo. I picked a location where I had the sun directly behind them and then used two Godox V860IIN and triggered them with the Godox X1NT.

This kept them from squinting.

[Nikon D4, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 50, ƒ/8, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
Then I moved the players around for different pose.

Then I just got lower to make them look more like heros.

Then I tried another pose.

When you are shooting for the art director they need choices.

I also shot some verticals as well as some action during scrimmage.

[Nikon D5, 28-300mm, ISO 800, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
So everything I shot I tried to get both verticals and horizontal shots for options.

[Nikon D5, 28-300mm, ISO 640, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000]
The problem with actual action shots during a game is the light isn’t quite as nice as when you set something up to get that “poster” shot.

While I could have shot the photos with the two strobes on TTL I chose to use manual so I would get a very consistent output. When you just move to low angle with more sky the camera meter will want to change the flash output and the camera exposure. I wanted to control it so it was consistent.

I recommend not always shooting with TTL for your flash. It will get you in the ballpark really quick, but the consistency of flash as things move isn’t as good as shooting in manual mode instead.