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Fitness Photography Reno, NV of USA team Martial Artist

Fitness Photography Reno, NV of USA team Martial Artist

Follow Fitness Photography is one of the areas of photography I am most passionate about.  It speaks to me on a personal level as physical fitness has been a part of my life from a young age.  Being a small kid in high school isn’t easy.  I turned to martial arts and weight training at a young age to try to build myself up both mentally and physically.  Both marital arts and bodybuilding take a significant amount of dedication to reach the goals a person sets out to achieve.  When it comes to great Fitness Photography so many important aspects come into play.  The first and most important aspect is the subjects conditioning.  If the subjects conditioning isn’t at their best this could make or break a photo session.  As an example, I had photographed a male fitness competitor on a couple different occasions.  Our first shoot was on point both from a photography perspective and from the clients conditioning perspective.  So the next time I got a call to photograph him I was expecting the same level of conditioning from our first session.  Unfortunately, he had dieted so strictly and reduced his water intake so much that his muscles looked flat and he no longer had the look he desired for the photo session. The next most important aspect is the lighting and composition of the photos.  How you light the human body and compose the photos is absolutely critical to shape the muscles and define the fitness subject.  Placing the lights at the proper angle and power setting in order to get just enough light on the face and eyes while...
Ferrigno Legacy Show is a Fitness Photographer’s Dream

Ferrigno Legacy Show is a Fitness Photographer’s Dream

My Thanksgiving weekend was atypical to most given that I traded heaping plates of leftover turkey for a chance to spend a couple days with some of the strictest dieters in the world, and the Ferrigno Legacy Show did not disappoint. The stage lights of the historic Granada Theatre displayed some of the world’s premier […]

Follow My Thanksgiving weekend was atypical to most given that I traded heaping plates of leftover turkey for a chance to spend a couple days with some of the strictest dieters in the world, and the Ferrigno Legacy Show did not disappoint. The stage lights of the historic Granada Theatre displayed some of the world’s premier body builders and physique competitors in picturesque Santa Barbara, a true dream of any fitness photographer. Hundreds of walking fitness advertisements gathered along the coast for an entire weekend…photo magic!   Lou Ferrigno’s personal and professional legacy surpasses his accomplishments as an IFBB Pro, which includes Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles. Lou is also known for his acting, motivational speaking, and work as a fitness trainer/consultant. Fitness Photography at the Ferrigno Legacy Show The Incredible Hulk himself kicked off the competition then passed the mic to 1991 Arnold Classic Champion Shawn Ray, who finished in the top 3 at the Mr. Olympia contest five times. One by one the competitors took the stage showcasing the months of meticulous dieting and exercise through several distinct poses. (Not to mention passing up on Thanksgiving dinner—the worst!) Both pre-judging and closing night featured some of the most impressive physique competitors I have ever seen. The Ferrigno Legacy is truly a sports photographer’s dream given the intimate display of dedication on one of the most unique stages in the industry. The stage lights are built to help the competitors show off their chiseled physiques, but they pose a fun challenge for a fitness photographer. Managing the exposure and color balance (and the 10,000 photos taken!) was...