Makings of a football cover photoshoot

As football season approaches each year the Tribune comes out with special section called First and Ten, which previews the upcoming seasons for Mizzou and prep football in Columbia. Typically the cover is about a significant player on the MU football team with a  cover photo that illustrates the concept of the story. Last year’s story was about Henry Josey who was back as Missouri’s starting tailback after missing all the 2012 season from a terrible knee injury. This year’s cover story is about how Missouri has become a laboratory/assembly line for cranking out NFL defensive lineman. Expected to follow in this tradition are senior Markus Golden and junior Shane Ray, who were chosen for the cover. After a look through previous year’s covers and discussing how to illustrate the concept of a  laboratory/assembly line I decided having a more subjective approach would be better than to make a literal interpretation of this concept. For one, it seemed too time consuming and second would probably look overdone. The basic setup I thought we needed was the two players looking like they were bursting through doors to give off the assembly line approach (being funneled through doors..) and our photo editor Vivian suggested fog for the laboratory approach. After some time tinkering with the lighting the cover was finally shot yesterday at Faurot Field in the visitors locker room. It was hot/muggy, lights/batteries were being finicky and my strobes were going off from the KC Star photographer’s pocket wizards but in the end I felt the execution of the concept was almost exactly what I wanted, especially for only have six minutes photographing these guys. Here is a look through the workings of the lighting setups before coming to the final image. Thanks for looking.

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