It was a cold foggy night on November 22, 2014 in the city of Chicago as fans gathered to witness the mixed martial arts action at the UIC Pavilion. Shooting MMA takes patience and clear understanding of your tools. I used a 18-135 kit lens, 50mm 1.8 and my T3i when I started creating images for mixed martial arts fights. Great times of learning how to use what I had in my tool box. I will be the first to admit having faster glass or a camera that can have a higher ISO without grain has its advantages, however they are still merely tools. Like any tools such as a hammer by a carpenter or scalpel in the hands of a doctor, it is expertise and skill of the person handling the tool that helps build or heal. As a filmmaker, I see every image I capture as a single frame in a movie.
My tool kit – Canon 7D and 60D, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 24-105mm 4.0L.
If you are shooting MMA feeling frustrated keep practicing, learn you camera well and how to create images that tell the story you want your viewer to see.
Here is a sample of the image below…More will be posted at Chicagosmma.com
As a practitioner of the martial art know as Jiu Jitsu, a Gi Choke occurs when your Gi(uniform worn in the practice of martial arts) is used to choke your opponent using your GI or their Gi. It can also be used on an assaulted in a self defense situation by using their jacket or sweatshirt Have you every seen a grappling tournament?
I was giving the opportunity to create images for Five Grappling on October 18 & 19. Five Grappling has become one of the premier grappling tournament in the US and Canada.
I knew it would be along day or capturing the actions and moments throughout the day. In order to be comfortable I wore my Gi pants to stay comfortable on the mat as I moved from mat to mat to capture the energy and amazing grappling by competitors from all over the country.
Prior to clicking the shutter I am so aware that I need to capture images that allows the viewer to feel the emotion and passion from each competitor.
My tools of choice: Canon 6D and 7D, Canon 70-200mm 4.0L, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 24-70mm 2.8L.
I carry around the Manfrotto – Veloce V Backpack, its lightweight and plenty of room for addition tools.
When I create headshot and product images, I often tether to get a better perspective on a larger screen. I recently purchased a 15ft tether cord to allow more freedom when shooting. This caused another issue of protecting the cord from damaging my camera if it gets jerked or pulled. I was sitting in the studio looking over what I could use to help resolve this issue. The paper clip solution was born out of not wanting to spend $15 plus for some fancy jerkstopper device. As you can see from picture it is very simple and works great!! So if you are in the need of tethering solution try it out!! Thanks, Herb Staten scalesoffmedia.com twitter and instagram @scalesoffmedia
June 28th, 2014 on a farm in Wausau,WI with a 40% chance of rain forecasted for the day, I was given the opportunity to capture the beautiful outdoor wedding of Tim and Margaret. I really enjoy capturing those cherished moments that will endure a lifetime. Those single moments are only seconds, however they help weave together a story that will hopefully be shared for years to come.
“Viewing the world from a different perspective” – Scales Off Media
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh
I have been looking for a smaller camera to carry when traveling and on photo walks without the 7D. ISo far I am pretty impressed with this cameras capabilities. So much in small package. It does drain batteries, reading that before my purchased I bought three.
Looking forward to sharing some more street photography images.
Recently took it out on a trail run at 10K race in Elgin,IL called the Fox Trot.
A time when picnics was a when you would just sit back enjoy life.
Take time to listen to your clients. I really enjoy giving my clients something fresh and worthy of framing.
Capturing the action for chicagosmma.com at APFC 16.
Amazing fights with some former Bellator, UFC and WEC professional fighters.
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This was a great shoot creating images for Laura and Alice. Laura was a natural in front of the camera. Alice was a bit camera shy at first but after a few shutter clicks, she was bitten by the bug of posing.
Just reminder to always listen to your clients and do your best to make them part of the process. I allow my clients to be themselves which allows me to capture real expressions.
Be on the look out for these young stars.
Hear what her mother had to say about me
” Herbert was really great with my two girls. They felt very comfortable with him. He has a very nice manner and made the whole experience fun for them. – Emma V”
Invest in your passion..get professional images!!!!