Sports Trader Card Photography: Part 1

We’ve all seen them, they have been around since I was a kid. Sports cards or trader cards are integral in growing up following rugby league or AFL. In my day, we used to collect the NRL cards from the teams that played in the NSW Rugby League competition and we traded them between friends. You might end up with two Steve Mortimer cards so you swapped one for a Perter Sterling card, trying to complete the set for the different clubs. They were fantastic, collectable and, in the US especially, can be quite valuable if you get the right one . Shooting Star Sports Cards allows you to produce your own sports cards for your young sporting superstars. You can take your own images, go to the Shooting Star Sports Card web site, upload your images, one front and one back. Enter the players details and order. Sounds easy, but the quality of the cards will always come back to the quality of your images. So how do we get the best images for the cards? Image size: Trader cards are not very big, about the size of playing cards, and the images are usually smaller still, though not always. So the image does not need to be massive. However is does need to be hi definition. So what does that mean?  Digital images are made up of pixels or lots and lots of little squares. How many of then are packed in dictates what the image can be used for. In photography, there are two types of images used, low resolution are images that are used in social media...

Event Photography

Just going through some old images and came across these. Leiden Studios covered the 2008 Suncorp North Queensland games. We were still relatively new to the game back then and the camera technology has certainly come a long way since. What do we...
Week 9: Josh Spiers

Week 9: Josh Spiers

ls: After a bit of a break we are back to feature our sporting superstars. This week we have Josh Spiers from the Cannons Basketball Club. ls: What sports do you play? js: Basketball & a little golf. ls: What clubs do you currently play for? js: Cannons. ls: How many years have you been playing? js: 12 years.ls: What position do you play?js: Shooting guard and small forward. ls: How did you get involved in these sports? js: My brother started playing when I was 2 so I had to go to training with him and I used to like bouncing the ball from a very young age. I did terriers at TBI and then started playing when I was 6ls: What rep honours have you achieved? js: u12- u18 Townsville heat, Northern School Basketball u12 (07, 08) Qld School Basketball (08) Northern School Sport u15 (10,11) Honary Qld Team (11) Northern Open School Basketball (12,13) Qld School Basketball (13), U16 Qld North (11) u18 Qld North (12, 13) u20 Qld Team (14), Townsville Crocodiles Sharp Start. QBL Townsville Heat. ls: Ok you have achieved a lot in a short space of time, that is an impressive CV. How much time is involved? js: Training every day for at least an hour or so and anywhere up to two hours. Sometimes I have multiple sessions a day. ls: What is the best part of playing the sport? js: The best part about basketball is just the game itself. It lets you play with friends and makes me feel good about myself. I could be having a bad day and as soon as I...
Week 8 – Sarah Hesp Basketball

Week 8 – Sarah Hesp Basketball

ls: This week we have Sarah Hesp from the Cannons Basketball club. What sports do you play? cbh: Basketball ls: What clubs do you currently play for? sh: Cannons. ls: What position do you play? sh: Guard/ Forward. ls: How many years have you been playing? sh: 8 years. ls: Who is your sporting hero? sh: Olivia Thompson (current Townsville Fire forward) ls: How did you get involved in these sports? sh: My school principle/teacher at a small country town school of about 50 students was the Townsville Fire’s assistant coach. He used to bring the Fire team out and our family would take them to a cane fire. He also took me too some of the games. I wanted to play ever since. So I started playing in the Burdekin. ls: This shows the impact that our state and national teams can have at grass roots levels of sport. It is important that we support teams like the Townsville Crocs, Townsville Fire and get behind the push to get the NQ Fury back into the A league. This has the double effect of providing local juniors a pathway into the elite sporting ranks that can be very difficult when competing in rural and country towns away from the main urban centers. Leiden studios has had a lot of experience photographing State events, watching local teams trying to compete against the city teams. It is often difficult for them to compete at the intensity that is required because they lack the competition in the local comps. What rep honours have you achieved? sh: Townsville Flames,U14, U16 & U18, Burdekin...
Week 7: Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth Basketball

Week 7: Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth Basketball

ls:  We have had a couple of weeks off to get images ready for the Queensland APPA’s. Images taken during this project have been submitted to the competition so we will see how it all goes. We are hoping to get a good result this year, but it will give us a guide as to how the images are shaping. We will continue to try to improve our images as the project continues. This week we have Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth from the Cannons Basketball club. I first came across Caitlyn about 3 years ago at the Queensland State under 16 Basketball Championships that were held in Townsville. She continues to make representative sides while being in the Cannon’s A team. She is also putting back into the sport by coaching at Cannons. What sports do you play? cbh: Basketball ls: What clubs do you currently play for? cbh: Cannons. ls: What position do you play? cbh: Guard. ls: How many years have you been playing? cbh: 7 years. ls: Who is your sporting hero? cbh: Renae Camino (current Opals member) Ls: How did you get involved in these sports? cbh: Watching the WNBL inspired me to want to get involved. ls: On that answer, there is an obvious improvement in participation when sports are shown on free to air TV. As proof look at how rugby, football and basketball have struggled in this country while only receiving coverage on pay TV. What rep honours have you achieved? cbh: U14, U16, U18 Townsville Flames, U16 & U18 QLD North. Ls: How much time is involved? cbh: nearly every day. Ls: What...

Professional Photographic Standards.

An interesting question for the multitude of “professional photographers” out there is the simple question, “What is the difference between broad and narrow lighting and which do you use to make a person appear thinner?” The biggest issue with my profession is the the new photographers coming into it often do not take the time to learn the technical aspects of photography. If you do not know what the exposure triangle is, then before you call yourself a professional and start to charge for your services, learn what it is and how it affect your images. It is actually very important. On my Facebook page it comes up with a lot of the local professional photography pages so I get to have a look at a lot of them. There are some amazing photographers out there, taking incredible images. There are a lot though, that have no idea about lighting and how to use it. It is one of the frustrations of professional photography because this lack of lighting ability is now becoming the accepted standard by the public. As a profession we need to lift the standards and maybe have a benchmark for what is considered a professional standard photograph. The AIPP try to provide this but with 97% of professionals electing not to joining such organisations, we are fighting a losing...
Tom – Rugby Union, Cricket and Rowing.

Tom – Rugby Union, Cricket and Rowing.

ls:  This week’s sporting profile is Tom Smith.  Tom is another high achieving sportsman across a range of sports. While we did the shoot for his main sports in Rugby union, cricket and Rowing, Tom has also achieved in other sports like water polo and basketball. Currently attending Ignatius Park College in grade 11 where he is active in their rowing program. Welcome to our studios Tom & Deb and thanks for your participation. What sports do you play and which is your favourite? ts: Rugby Union, Cricket and Rowing ls: What clubs do you currently play for? ts: Brother Rugby Union and Cricket and IPC rowing. ls: What position do you play? ts: No 8. ls: How many years have you been playing? ts: Started when I was 8 ls: Who is your sporting hero? ts: Scott Higginbotham (Melbourne rebels No8 and blind side flanker in the Super 15’s) ls: How did you get involved in these sports? ts: My parents wanted me to play a team sport and my friends did rowing so I joined in. ls: What rep honours have you achieved? ts: In Rugby Townsville 2011-2013, QLD Country in 2011, ARU Gold Under 17 in 2013. Cricket Townsville 2010, North Queensland 2012 ls: How much time is involved? ts: 30 hours or there about. ls: that is a lot of time, you would need to be very organised to get it all done while staying ahead in school. What is the best part of playing the sport? ts: The feeling when I succeed at something I had not yet done. ls: What is the worst...
Eddy – Rugby League

Eddy – Rugby League

ls:  Eddy come from a family of very high achievers, so will have a lot to live up to. We have absolutely no doubt that he is up to it. He is outstanding in both League and Oz Tag, and is still a bit young for the rep teams in League. That will come over the next few years as Eddy gets into the older age groups. Welcome to our studios Eddy and thanks for your participation. What sports do you play and which is your favourite? eh: Rugby league, Oz tag and cricket.     ls: What clubs do you currently play for? eh: Brothers Junior Rugby League club, #Tags and Saints. ls: What position do you play? eh: 5/8 or in the halves. ls: Who is your sporting hero? eh: Billy Slater from the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australia. ls: How many years have you been playing? Eh: 5 years. Ls: How did you get involved in these sports? eh: Mum & Dad got me involved with league, my friends got me into Oz Tag and the school got me into Cricket. ls: What rep honours have you achieved? eh: Oz tag Townsville under 11. Ls: How much time is involved? Eh: With League it’s 40 minutes a game plus training one night a week, Oz Tag is 40 minutes a game and Cricket is 2 hours a game. Ls: What is the best part of playing the sport? Eh: Playing my best. ls: What is the worst part of playing the sport? eh: Not being able to play. ls: What is your favourite event? eh: Rugby League....
Sports Stars – Boston Mazlin (Basketball, Athletics, Touch, Oz Tag and maybe Aussie Rules.

Sports Stars – Boston Mazlin (Basketball, Athletics, Touch, Oz Tag and maybe Aussie Rules.

This weeks star is Boston. Boston can do it all, and at his age he is having trouble deciding what sport he really wants to pursue. He is outstanding at Basketball, Oz Tag, Touch and Athletics. Aussie Rules is interested because of his athleticism, yet through it all he has remained very grounded. It is an interesting balancing act that his parents go through with all the sports that he is involved in. That goes for all the parents we have interviewed so far, the balancing act of allowing the kids to pursue sporting ambition while still being active on the school front. ls: What sports do you play?bm: Basketball, Oz Tag, AFL, Soccer.ls: What clubs do you play for?bm: Whirlwinds Basketball, Black Hawkes Oz Tag and AFL Hawkesls: What position do you play?bm: Point Guard. ls: How long have you been playing?bm: 7 yearsls: Who is your sporting hero?bm: Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunderls: What representative honours have you achieved?bm: Oz Tag I’ve represented Townsville and Queensland and in Basketball, Townsville and North Queensland.ls: How did you get involved in these sports?bm: Both my parents played basketball.ls: How much time is involved?bm: Training 3 time a week and shoot everyday.ls: What is the best part of playing sports?Lauren: Team mates and the trips away.ls: What is the worst part of playing sport?bm: Long hours training.ls: What was your favourite event?bm: The Classics (Basketball), travel with the team and play for a week in tournaments.ls: Why did you choose these sports?bm: I chose basketball because my parents played it and AFL because my cousins play itls: What is your biggest...