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How to freeze a soccer player in action - A Lighting Lesson in Mexico City By Jay P. Morgan

10/01/2011 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

I had the opportunity to shoot Rafael Marquez in Mexico City for the FMF. He is a world class soccer player for Mexico and a great guy. We were going to shoot several shots that would need to freeze him in mid air as he kicked the ball.

We had limited time with him so it was necessary that things were planed out and ready to go when he arrived. We took two Hensel speed max heads that have the fastest flash duration of any mono block head available. The goal was to use them as our key lights and freeze his action in mid air.

We shot background plates the day before at the ruins outside of Mexico City for him to be retouched into. The idea being famous soccer players in action shots at different iconic sites of Mexico. The retouching is worth taking a look at on our Facebook page. I got Julene to talk about how she did the work. Go to to see her video. It was a great shoot and I hope you enjoy the video.

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