Fencing for Howard Magazine

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(photo by Matt Roth)

Laurel resident Gabrielle Galvez, with Baltimore Fencing Center of Columbia, won a bronze in the Division 3 Woman’s Epee at the US Fencing Association’s Summer National Championships in Atlanta, GA. Galvez is photographed at BFC Friday, August 20, 2010.

This was a really cool shoot for Howard Magazine. It was a bit challenging, too.

For those who’ve photographed fencers with lights before, they know how super hard it is to show their faces behind all that protective mesh. After a ton of chimping and head-scratching, I eventually figured it out.

Here are some tips. use a shallow-ish DOF. This was shot at f/4.5. Granted, it’s not super shallow, but it’s not f/11. The more closed down, the more defined the mesh and the less face we’ll see. And here’s the kicker, light from the sides! ¬†Utilize modifiers, like umbrellas and parabolics, that are better at wrapping light. …otherwise the strobes will light the metal in front of their faces. make sense? If not, feel free to ask in the comments section below. thanks for checking out the photos!

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5 Responses to “Fencing for Howard Magazine”

  1. Matt,

    The portrait’s brilliant. It couldn’t be anything but a fencer, and it shows the intensity and delicacy of the sport. Great work.

    What’s the thing in the third shot?

  2. Triangles! Crop it in a bit and eliminate that bottom left white triangle, man. My eye goes right there. But that’s just me being clean. Love it though!

  3. Dustin C says:

    This is amazing man. I don’t mind the triangle, seems to add context. This is lame to ask, but what lens is it?

    Cheers,
    Dc

  4. Matt Roth says:

    Thanks Dustin. I shot this with a 60 macro. That’s been my go-to portrait lens recently.

  5. Ross R. says:

    @Morgan Bellinger:

    The third shot is an electronic scoring machine, for competitive fencing. The lights show which fencer scored a touch, and whether that touch was on or off target. It’s on one of the walls of Baltimore Fencing Center.

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