Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, flowers, gifts and other tokens of appreciation with their loved ones. With today being the 13th, and the last day for some of you men to rush out and pick up something last-minute, I would be remiss if I didn't mention it to lead off the blog today. 

However, this blog is not about love. No, it is about...PHOTOGRAPHY. That's usually what I write about and today is no exception. 

I want to lead off with a very cool project by photographer Vincent Laforet. His series of photographs of major cities from the air is something I've been very interested in since it came out just recently. He first did one on New York City that got a lot of attention. Next he did one on Las Vegas. It looks like his series will continue with more cities in more countries in the months to come. I can't wait to see what comes next. 

One of the reasons I'm so excited about Vincent's project is that I had the opportunity to shoot some aerial photography myself this past year. For our football shoot at the University of Central Arkansas we went up in a small plane to get some shots of their football stadium from above. 

 

 

Dustin is about to fly over Estes Stadium to capture aerial video! #uca #gobears #ohcapture

A photo posted by Old Hat Creative (@oldhatcreative) onAug 14, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT

Aerial photography presents a lot of challenges to the normal photographic process and I'm excited to be able to do more of that type of work in the future. I, for one, will be keeping a close eye on Vincent's project. Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

You may remember us talking about our recent trip down to SMU's campus to take photos of the new football staff. SMU has utilized a lot of those on their new football site for Coach Chad Morris at ponyuptempo.com. We didn't have anything to do with the site, but we think the staff photographs look pretty good! 

Have a great weekend!

 

Yesterday at our mid-year Staff Infection, Zac asked us to pick a project from 2014 we worked on or worked with that we really liked. This list could really go on and on as there are hundreds to pick from. A few projects mentioned yesterday are still being finalized and are almost ready for release - stay tuned as more great stuff is always coming out of this place! And like a parent with their children, it's hard to pick a favorite. But here are some of the highlights…

 

Zac, Kevin and Ashley - Fangage quizzes

These were designed for Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and Baylor plus one for Old Hat

 

Tanner - Varsity O Club website

 

Dustin and Stevie - Cincinnati video shoot 

Kelby - Exposure stories on our video shoots

Hannah - Various video shoots and visiting clients including traveling to some new places this year such as Wyoming or Central Arkansas

Deb and Robert - UNT Derby

A close second for Deb was the Wyoming football intro with time lapse of the Wyoming landscape

Jessica - Duke men's basketball floor projection

and here's a clip of the animation in action.

Huff -Texas Tech Fearless Fan campaign

Geoff - Georgetown men's basketball poster

Jared - Frisco College Baseball Classic logo

Tricia - Old Hat 10th Anniversary posters

Douglas - Utah Gymnastics campaign

Justin (me) - Florida State men's basketball media guide

Hey blog readers! Here are the things I've been checking out lately. 

• Vany Ringlight - "You will get THE BEST light source ever made for a mobile device." Sounds interesting right? I'll be keeping an eye on this to see what happens. I do like the look of a ringlight in certain occasions. Most selfie pics that are shot in low light indoors somewhere could really benefit from something like this.

I've used a large ringlight before on some shoots and you can see an example of what that looks like below. It's a very flat light that comes in from the front and has a very specific look. 

 

• Sports Illustrated fired the rest of their staff photographers yesterday. I'm not sure what this says about where things are going but they're definitely changing. On the plus side, if they need shooters they know where to find us here at Old Hat Capture!

 

• This made our twitter feed and up on YouTube but now I've embedded it for you loyal blog readers. 

 

Here's a timelapse video of our latest shoot with SMU's new football staff. 

 

Thanks for coming by! See you next time.

The Old Hat Capture busy season has winded down and since we're approaching the new year soon I thought I'd do a seasonal wrap-up and talk about some of the shoots I went on this year. 

It's going to be impossible to mention every single shoot or this blog would start to get a little long so I'm just going to pick a few moments that I have behind the scenes photos of. Usually when we go on shoots there's a client rep there who takes some pictures of the process so today I'm going to post some of those photos. Then I'll give you an inside look at what was going on when they were snapped. 

Sound like a plan? Ok! Let's get to it. 

University of Wyoming

Didn't expect me to lead with a landscape huh? This photograph was taken out of the car window right as we crossed the border into Wyoming from Colorado, on April 28th! It was our first shoot of the "busy season" and I remember thinking, "Gee, it's a little bit cold for almost May." Harsh and formidable indeed

University of Cincinnati

Just a couple of weeks later we would be in Cincinnati capturing video for their football intro video, 60 feet underground! The footage was filmed in a very old building that had been a brewery in a previous life. We went down 3 separate sets of rickety stairs, through weird catacombs and surroundings until we ended up in the darkest, lowest basement in probably all of Cincinnati. Then we ran extension cords ALLLLLL the way down there from generators upstairs and got to work creating the ominious video you can see here. It was both really hard work to do and kind of not that hard to create that atmosphere, if you know what I mean. 

Texas Tech University

This photo shows a Texas Tech student-athlete doing his best Kliff Kingsbury impression. As far as what Stevie is doing, I think she's just making sure the audio is good. Or she could have been caught up in the moment and started doing her own impression. I'm not sure.

University of North Texas

This is either a picture of myself, Old Hat Client Rep Robert Smith and UNT's Jamie Adams taking a quick selfie in between shooting atmosphere shots, or partying post-shoot. I can't confirm or deny anything. But we did manage to shoot a commercial there.

University of Utah

This is a photograph of me seeing how many Utah basektball players we can fit in a hallway. It's kind of like cramming as many people as you can into a phone booth. It could also be me reviewing a shot with them in the hopes of getting an even better performance on the next take. "Alright men! One more time, with even more energy!!!"

University of Tulsa

Here's Tulsa's Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Katie Thompson helping out with a little powder throwing for the football poster shoot. Yes, this was just as messy as it looks. 

Southern Methodist University

This is me taking a photograph of a horse wearing a basketball uniform. Trust me, I was just as astounded as you are! Wait, that could be a guy in a mascot costume too. Either way, it's not something you see everyday. Unless you're putting together a bunch of print materials with those photographs. 

University of Central Arkansas

Shooting some football practice footage on a beautiful morning in Conway, AR. This shoot involved a lot of "Here we go!" and a little bit of aerial photography as well. Check it!

Western Athletic Conference

This is a behind the scenes photo of the WAC commisioner wearing a very bad elvis wig. I think it speaks for itself.

University of Oklahoma

A couple of OU men's gymnastics National Champions pose for the camera over in the loading dock area of the gymnastics facility. Off camera Old Hatter Huff is warming up on the rings before he does an iron cross. I swear he did one guys, you just have to take my word for it.

If you want to see more behind the scenes photos from this year's shoots be sure to go to our instagram page and also check us out on facebook and twitter where we post all the latest Capture stuff as it happens. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Today we're going to talk about the most exciting kind of photo shoot there is...THE SEAMLESS BACKGROUND SHOOT!

Ok, I'm kidding obviously. I do dozens of this kind of shoot every year and some might say that this is one of the least exciting kind of shoots there is.

But it doesn't have to be boring. In fact, there are a million different options when doing a seamless shoot. Today we're going to talk about a couple of different ones. 

• The Blown Out Background 

Sometimes the goal of your shoot is to highlight the person against the seamless without any kind of photoshop wizardry. This means no cutouts, so your background will stand alone on its own merits. This can mean a lot of different tones between black and white, but most of the time with student-athletes, or dancers in the case of the above photo, we go for a bright gray to white. 

• The Dark Background 

The opposite of a white background. If you go for a dark background, you may want some kind of rim light to separate your subject from fading away into the darkness. Other times, that might be exactly the vibe you're going for. Notice how both of the backgrounds are dark in the pictures above, but not the exact same tone. Even when you're going dark, there are options.

That's it for today! More to come...

Last time we talked about Practical Video Shoots and today we're going to highlight Old Hat Capture's Green Screen Video Shoot services. 

GREEN SCREEN VIDEO SHOOT

A greenscreen video shoot is one in which we shoot a student-athlete or subject in front of a green screen, or sometimes a blue screen, in order to replace the background with something really cool and exciting in the post-production process. 

UTAH WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS SHOOT

A very large greenscreen was used on this shoot to allow for a large area for the athletes to move in.

 

NORTH TEXAS FOOTBALL PLAYER FEATURES

We shoot a lot of green screen against smaller backdrops as well. This is commonly done in player features, crowd prompts or waist-up athletic movements.

 

 

Check out our YouTube channel for more examples of green screen shoots we've done and what they looked like once the post-production process was complete. You can see that there is a wide variety of final products, all from the same general shooting setup.

This past week I was fortunate to get to meet up with Dustin and travel to Murray State to shoot footage for their men's and women's basketball intro videos. I hadn't been to Murray State before, so I was excited to visit a new campus and meet with another client in person. I had been communicating with the Murray State marketing department for the past couple of months about the intro videos. The fun part for me about being at a video shoot is seeing how we take the client's vision and help to create the content. From there our crazy talented editors work their magic to bring everything together. I'm excited to see how the intro videos turn out! Keep an eye out for the finished products over the next few weeks. In the mean time, here's some photos from our time in Murray, KY!

  

  

  

  

  

Last week, Dustin and I took our second trip of the year to the University of Utah for a video and photo shoot.  This time, we were capturing footage of basketball and gymnastics.  This was my first gymnastics shoot, and as expected, I was super excited to be back in a gym.  

The gymnastics world is extremely small, and it turned out, I already knew a few people in the Utah gymnastics family.  I even caught up with an old teammate of mine from home.  She is a former Ute herself and was in town to do makeup for the girls.  Also, my old athletic trainer at Illinois State is now the Utah gymnastics trainer.  It was neat to catch up with everyone.

It was also great to see our on campus designer, Douglas and see how well he is doing working at the U.

As always, thank you to the Utah marketing staff for organizing the shoot and another great trip to the SLC.

Checkout a few photos! 

 Men's Basketball green screen video


Men's Basketball action photos


The team gathering around to see their work


My new tall friend...only a few inches difference


More video in different settings


Gymnastics photos


Gymnastics green screen video


My old teammate Nina!

At this time of the year here at Old Hat, we have to go on a lot of road trips to see clients for photo and video shoots, and once I finish my first blog at OH, I will be leaving on my first road trip and photo shoot in Lubbock, Texas.  Seeing we are having to drive through the scenic West Texas area, I figured the best thing to do is to to compile a list of road trip music.  No matter how far the road trip is, its always good to set the tone of the trip off on a good note (see what I did there?).  My personal opinion is that you have to have a good mix of music for the trip, much like your favorite high school mix tape you made for that crush back in the day.  

So what is the perfect list of songs to use for a trip? Well let me help out with easing the stress of a road trip playlist while your packing up to hit the road.  I feel you have a few catagories you need to hit on your playlist, especially when you are traveling with someone.  First you need to pick out some classic songs, then fan favorite songs everyone knows, and if you are like me the lesser known songs/bands to introduce your travel partner(s) too.  Now that we have the basic guidline for my road trip playlist, let me get to the top 25 songs that I would use in a playlist in no particular order:

25. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town by Pearl Jam

24. Any Way You Want It by Journey

23.  I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

22.  Mind Your Manners by Chiddy Bang

21. Jessie's Girl By Rick Springfield (great sing-a-long song)

20.  Baba O'riley by The Who (no it's not called Teenage Wasteland, big pet peeve!)

19. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

18. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

17. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones

16. The Lemon Song by Led Zepplin  (that was to get on Zac's good side)

15. Fancy by Iggy Azalea 

14. Train in Vain by The Clash

13. Hard Knock Life by Jay Z

12. Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show

11. Lasso by Phoenix

10. Skinny Love by Bon Iver

9. Oh No by Girl Talk (I love this DJ, check him out)

8. California Waiting by Kings of Leon

7. When I Open My Eyes by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

6. Alive by Pearl Jam

5. Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

4. Anywhere But Here by Cross Canadian Ragweed

3.  I Left My Wallet in El Segundo by A Tribe Called Quest

2. Broken Open by Cold War Kids

1. Rearviewmirror By Pearl Jam

 Well, there is my list, and yes you will find out that Pearl Jam is the center of my musical universe, and if you wanted I could easily give you a road trip list of Pearl Jam songs.  Well it looks like it's time to end this blog and hit the road to Lubbock with Dustin.  

-Huff

 

 

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