I am always up for a challenge. That’s one of the nice things about photography, if you’re that way inclined. I had a call from the Dartford Football Club about some publicity they wanted for the forthcoming season, now that they are promoted to the next league. The Directors had something in mind that was a bit beyond the in-house team. They saw an image they wanted to create. When I saw this, it seemed to be a studio shot with probably 3 lights and a smoke machine. Oh, they said, we have no budget. Can you help, they asked. I’ll do my best, I promised and arrived at the club one evening with my camera and an off camera flash, just wondering what I could possibly do. We used available light from a large window and a flash off camera to balance the light. The players came in dressed in their kits and we played around with some poses. I used my wide-angle lens (boy, has that lens been useful). Laying on the floor, I managed to get a shot of the players which came close to the original.
Not the most promising set up, but that was all we had! However, with the magic of Photoshop and the text placed by the printers, we came up with a good-looking A1 poster.
Where did the smoke come from? Well that’s a trade secret. I managed to create the back-lighting and add the smoke effect in so that we ended up with a shot similar to the original. Do they appreciate the effort? I jolly well hope so. Let’s hope the team are up to the challenge.