Youth Baseball Portraits

July 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I don't photograph people very often. Once a year, I break out the studio lights to capture some portraits of the youth baseball players that I coach. This year, I'm managing an team of 11 year old players.

The set up for these pictures was relatively quick and easy. The backdrop was a collapsible green screen--it pops open into a 4x6' panel. I used one strobe (Einstein) inside of a Buff softbox. I used a couple of my Nikon speedlights to illuminate the background. I asked a parent to hold a piece of white foam board on the shadow side of the player to provide a bit of fill. The entire photo shoot (10 players) only took about 90 minutes.

This was the first time I tried using the green screen. It sure made extracting the players an easy task...it took me less than 15 seconds to select and extract a player from the frame!

Here are some of my favorites. Please note that I did not design the poster template. I purchased the template (including the fonts) and then customized it for this shoot.

Elagha twinsElagha twinsAli (left) and Mo (right) Elagha of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Connor O'ReillyConnor O'ReillyConnor O'Reilly of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Brian McBrideBrian McBrideBrian McBride of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Rafe SlagerRafe SlagerRafe Slager of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Conner StackConner StackConner Stack of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018 Brian McBrideBrian McBrideBrian McBride of the 11U Orland Park Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2018


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