Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fitness and Exercise Photo Shoot

Chinese woman drinking water after jogging
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I did a fitness and exercise shoot in my studio last year, but I'd been wanting to do another one on location. The only athletics track near me was demolished last year and I didn't know of any others nearby. So I was pleased when Yanlin, a model I work with, contacted me about doing a sports shoot. Even better was that she had already found a great location for the shoot.

Chinese woman jogging at stadium
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We used an athletics track in New Taipei City. The emphasis was on jogging, so the track at the stadium was perfect. We arranged an early morning shoot to try and avoid crowds of other people getting in the shots. Despite getting there early, there were already dozens of people jogging, doing tai chi, throwing shot puts, and doing a wide variety of exercises and workouts. So extra care had to be taken when framing the shots.
Chinese female athlete stretching legs on sports f
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Since we already had the rising sun, I used only a single flash with an umbrella, and a reflector. The main difficulty in the early morning sun is that the shadows are long, so the shots had to be composed carefully to avoid the shadows looking weird. Yanlin is very energetic and lively, and had lots of fun running around and as usual was a complete pleasure to work with. 
Due to teams of joggers and other athletes coming in to train on the track, we only shot for two hours, but we did get a lot of useful shots. In the series there is "Asian female jogger drinking water after workout," Chinese woman jogging at Stadium," "Chinese female athlete on track," and a variety of other running, jogging, stretching, and other workout photos. The examples here are from Dreamstime, but you can also see the series on Shutterstock too here:

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