Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Jared McMillen: Energy & Emotion
The sports portraiture of Jared McMillen
Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses before returning to the ring to fight Juan Manuel Marquez.
“One thing we strive to bring to our clients is variety,” McMillen says. “With that comes gear, and sometimes lots of it. I mean, how many folks are willing to hike heavy loads into the middle of nowhere to make a couple of images? We, on the other hand, feel this is what sets apart good photographers from great photographers—and we want to be the latter.”
The gear that McMillen lugs around is often for lighting. He uses it to enhance the rich texture and detail that make images more interesting to his own eye, and it allows him to have more control when it comes to post production and special effects.
MMA fighter Eric Bradley photographed in Randy Couture’s Las Vegas gym.
That revolution in what it means to be a photographer isn’t lost on McMillen, and he doesn’t think the transition is anywhere near complete. Like many, he’s aware of the constant changes that come with technological advancement, and he has his eyes on the horizon to figure out what it will mean to be a photographer in the near future.
“In 10 years, I’m not sure we’ll be photographers,” he says. “I think we’ll be photo-videographers. The technology is changing so fast: Ten years ago, I never thought we’d be shooting all digital; now we have SLRs that shoot 1080i HD video. It’s sick and crazy to think about the future. The megapixel game seems to be pretty much over; shooting HD footage and pulling stills is the future. Love it or hate it, it’s coming and coming soon. The future is anybody’s guess. I just hope I’m around to record it as long as I can.”
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 85mm ƒ/1.2, 50mm, 35mm lenses (We rent what we don’t own)
A large amount of light modifiers: beauty dishes, softboxes, strips, grids; and one thing we use all the time is a ring flash—we use it a lot off-camera. We’ve also been shooting more and more with just 580 setups.
I’ve been loving the Honl toys, snoots and flags; we use them all the time when weight is an issue.
To see more of Jared McMillen’s photography, visit www.jaredmcmillen.com.
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