How a Composite Sports Photo is Made

In this video, commercial photographer Jay P. Morgan walks through how he went about shooting a composite sports photograph of Mexican soccer player Rafael Márquez.

We were going to shoot several shots that would need to freeze him in mid air as he kicked the ball. We had limited time with him so it was necessary that things were planed out and ready to go when he arrived. We took two Hensel speed max heads that have the fastest flash duration of any mono block head available. The goal was to use them as our key lights and freeze his action in mid air. We shot background plates the day before at the ruins outside of Mexico City for him to be retouched into. The idea being famous soccer players in action shots at different iconic sites of Mexico. [#]

A video walkthrough of the post-production can be found over on Facebook.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Ann

    For all your fans: you could win a Kindle Fire by showing us your superior shutter skills @

  • Anonymous

    Interesting.  End result looks good, but would have been much more impressed if they’d have done it without the cheating.

  • Guest

    Cool, but… He’s not Rafael Marques (And i’m not a fan of soccer).

  • Rleonmx

    not is
    two different players

    el link del post esta mal, no es rafael marquez  es rafael marquez lugo

  • MrNew

    You’re right. The photo is of Rafael Marquez Lugo, NOT, Rafael Marquez Alvarez as the link would take you to.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks. Corrected

  • Joe

    “cheating” ?    It’s not cheating… this is how images are made.