Last week I had a pleasure to photograph the girls and boys basketball teams at Alain Locke school in Chicago. Alain Locke is the top charter school in Chicago and they have the test scores to prove it:) What I found really interesting is that regular classes are from Monday to Thursday and Fridays are dedicated to various interest activities ranging from salsa and foreign languages to arts and sports. I heard the basketball teams at Alain Locke are pretty. I don’t know all the details but I believe they won some Chicago suburbs leagues and ranked high in Chicago.
I arrived on Friday morning and had less than an hour to photograph the boys and the girls teams. I was really impressed by how well organized all the kids were and listened to their coaches. The photo session went extremely smoothly and within 40 minutes we had all the photos we wanted. It was a really fun experience and I think both teams will enjoy their photos.
And now for those interested in some photography talk:
Because of time constraints I had to set up the light really fast, make sure that it worked right away, and I didn’t have to make too many adjustments from shot to shot. The group photos were a 3-light setup with an 84inch PLM above the camera and two silver umbrellas, one on each side, feathered across the group. This gave me enough light to evenly light the whole group at f11 ( I used Alien Bees 800).
For the individual shots I used two lights. The key light was an Alien Bee with a shoot through umbrella and a silver reflector on the other side to open up the shadows. For the rim light I used another Alien Bee with standard reflector and a 40 degree grid. The rim light was about a stop more than the key light.