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For a few years now I've done the white background for T&I and believe it has a been a pretty good selling point as all of the emphasis is on the athlete. But, I am thinking of giving my customers something a bit different this year.
What I'd like to do is take a nice image of our local high school stadium and have that printed on a banner and use that as our backdrop. The idea is that we do a local community park sports teams and could make a banner for each one with their local high school stadium as the backdrop. In years past, some of the T&I guys have actually taken the images at the stadium and used it as a backdrop. That works great when the light and weather cooperate, but like many parts of the country, we have thunderstorms pop up at the last minute which can really disrupt an outside picture day so I've been doing them inside. Plus, it's cooler for the parents to sit in an A/C room and wait than outside on an August day when it might be 85 degrees outside. All of that is to say that I would prefer to stay indoors.
So my buddy takes a nice shot of a local HS sports stadium (those in that community will recognize as "their" stadium). It is the first image.
What I did with the second image is to digitally cut out a player from a white screen and put him on the image. I think it looks pretty good (I did it in about 1 minute just as an example, so its not perfect). But, what I would prefer to do is to have a backdrop printed with the stadium image and then use that. I've looked at several backdrop sources online and just have not found any with stadium images I like and thought the customized route would be cool.
So, my question to you T&I shooters is have you ever done anything like this? For everyone else, what are your thoughts, impressions, suggestions, etc.? As information, I try to brand myself as a step above most T&I shooters in image quality. Not because I am better (clearly not in many of the cases), but that I am willing to eat quite a bit of time, let parents pick images, etc. and not be the cookie cutter guy. In my case, the smaller size of the leagues I target allow me to take the time.