Photographing Dude Perfect
Back in November 2019, I had the opportunity to photograph Dude Perfect at their headquarters in Frisco, Texas for their merch website. If you’re not familiar with Dude Perfect, they’re a group of five guys who do crazy sports videos that get hundreds of millions of views.
My goal was to photograph them on a white background with the typical edge lighting used in a lot of athletic portraiture, but also light from the front well so the merchandise was accurately portrayed. This meant a six light setup:
- Two Profoto B1Xs with umbrellas to light the background
- Two Profoto B1Xs with strip banks for the edge lighting
- One Profoto B1X with a beauty dish for the face and upper body
- One Profoto B1X with a 5′ octabank further back, but powered up, for a more even frontal fill
My trusty assistant, Graham Dodd, stood in for some tests while we got everything dialed in.
I worked tethered into Lightroom (with my trusty TetherTools cable) with a live gallery updating to the merch company back in Tampa, so they could share feedback with me during the production. I did not do final edits on anything, so I just dialed in exposures and made basic develop module adjustments that applied as photos downloaded to Lightroom.
Here are some of the resulting images:
Here’s how some of the final images look on the website, once the retoucher and designer worked on them:
And some production photos, courtesy of Graham Dodd:
I hope that’s an insightful look into a commercial photo production!
And, I would be remiss if I didn’t share some images of my newest favorite subject… My daughter, Eliza! I may be biased, but I think she’s pretty cute ;-)