Using Speed Lights and Water to Create a Sports Shoot

A while back, our very own Patrick Hall gave us a detailed run down of how to set up an indoor wake boarding shoot using flashes and water in a garage. Along a similar vein, Erik Isakson uses the same shoot concepts and applies them multiple sports. By using a simple backyard, hot tub water, and some great rim light Erik puts a fun flair into his action shots.

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zack arias' lesson #1, «finding good exposure»: you're doing it wrong.

Timuçin HIZAL's picture

not just the exposure. "finding good direction of the light"

Anthony Tscherne's picture

Great video. I'm glad to see the "O" face guy from Office Space is still working. Haha. Enjoyed the BTS.

Anthony Tscherne's picture

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He fails to mention what kind of lighting he was using..

580 speedlights i clear bags... i think he had four goin rim light all the way around  i think 

Pixyst's picture

I would be surprised if he used Canon speedlights while shooting with a Nikon camera.

BYU Photography department did this for the athletes this last season.. since then seems lots and lots of other institutions are following. Its great effects. 

What would be the best flash for partys at night time? I was thinking a ring flash could look amazing what do u think? And what if i wanna use a fish-eye lens?

Positive Image's picture

I know it states "Speed Lights", but it appears that he's actually using strobes per M. Gertz and Pocketwizard.

Positive Image's picture

Sorry for the large logo. Thought it would automatically resize...

Positive Image's picture

I know it states "Speed Lights", but it appears that he's actually using strobes per M. Gertz and Pocketwizard.