Already at the end of last year Red Bull Austria asked me to meet up with their Biathlon Team at their training camp to spend a few days and shoot a complete portfolio for their communications before the season starts.
A perfect plan but unfortunately snow and weather conditions were so bad that we had to postpone the shoot several times. Eventually in January the opportunity came up to shoot the team during the World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. At this occasion we certainly didn’t get as much time scheduled as we would have wished for but still enough to at least get a few shots done.
We got a little time frame to gather all athletes at once during their actual recovery time and we took the opportunity to jump out of the hotel and take a team photo right there in the field. I must admit that shooting a Biathlon team on the green is a bit awkward but at the end that was all we got. After the team shot we walked across the street to a little barn we found and shot single portraits and lifestyle shots of all the athletes.
The task was to make them all look individual so we worked our way around that barn and used all kinds of backgrounds and structures to make the images appear as different as possible. Taking portraits of 6 people in a time frame of 1 hour was quite a task and I was literally jumping around and constantly resetting my Move light. For most part I used only 1 light to be able to change and adjust faster and get more done in less time.
Again the reliability of the Move and the fast recycling times helped me to shoot away and focus on composition and the creative part. For all portraits I used the Beauty Dish because I really like the quality of light and shadow from this light shaping tool. There is so much you can do with it from shooting with really soft light and smooth shadows to even more crisp transitions between light and shadow or dramatic looks using the grid.
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Apart from that I like the beauty dish to use outside because it is not as sensitive for wind as umbrellas or sofboxes and it is setup and adjustable even easier and faster.
About Markus Berger
“I am a photographer from Austria specialized in action sports and commercial photography. I have a sports freestyle background and like to bring that into photography. I strive to capture images that are creative but at the same time authentic and true. I like to embrace my inner child and take every shoot as new exciting challenge”.