Lionel Messi has scored yet another record-breaking achievement, this time on Instagram. The Argentine soccer superstar recently posted a set of photos featuring himself, his team, and the 2022 Qatar World Cup trophy on the social media platform. And it probably comes as no surprise – it is now officially the most-liked post in Instagram history. Even more than the egg.
Photographing football campaigns in one of the most aggressive and intense types of commercial photography there is. While some photoshoots will have a sushi chef for craft services, football sets have doughnuts, caffeine and loud music. Football is unlike any other sport to capture, and I absolutely love it.
One of the more important, and less talked about, aspects of a commercial photoshoot for a football campaign is the type of energy that exists on set. It is not like you are on the sidelines of the filed at an actual game where there is so much testosterone flying around that it is contagious (even to those that just came for the beer and peanuts). A photoshoot doesn’t have the real threat of getting crushed by a 400 pound lineman from the opposing team, instead it is a safe environment (except to those that don’t like being photographed). It is on the photographer (or on large sets, the producers) to have the setting prepped in a way that is conducive to getting the athlete in the zone.
When a fan ran onto the stage, the photographer sprinted toward him and tackled them to the ground. The man tried to escape, but the photographer was persistent and kept tackling him to the floor. The entire incident was caught on camera from different angles, showing this rather weird and potentially dangerous incident.
In 2020, actress and singer Hilary Duff publicly called out a photographer who was taking photos at her kid’s soccer game. She filmed him with his phone, posted the video on her Instagram, and publicly called him “a creep.” She later discussed the incident on a talk show, and the photographer decided to sue her and the show host for defamation.
However, it appears that being publicly called out isn’t enough to win a slander lawsuit. On Monday, a judge dismissed both lawsuits that the photographer had filed.
Incidents and injuries are pretty much an essential part of contact sports like football. But the thing is – even those outside the field sometimes get hurt. NFL cameraman Don Cornelli recently got a ball straight into his face. Still, he kept his cool and just kept on filming, and it was all caught on camera.
Light painting with drones has become quite popular over the last couple of years, but it’s still an extremely challenging thing to do. Achieving great results relies on a lot of factors. You need the right exposure for the ambient lit environment, you need the right brightness output on your drone’s lights and you need to fly your drones in just the right path relative to the camera (and at a consistent speed) to get nice clean lines of even colour.
That’s what makes this night sky light painting by Frodo Álvarez (who goes by the name Children of Darklight) so impressive. The video’s in Spanish, so you may need to turn on auto-translate, but he used five drones to create this amazing image of a footballer about to kick a ball, all floating above a football field. Yes, sorry America, this is football to the rest of the world.
AI is undoubtedly getting better and better. But sometimes, even though it’s artificial intelligence, it just acts plain dumb. This is what happened at a recent soccer game in Scotland. Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. equipped its stadium with a ball-tracking AI-powered camera to stream the games. However, instead of tracking the ball, the camera would often switch its focus to a referee’s bald head.
Actress and singer Hilary Duff recently called out on a photographer who was taking photos at her kid’s soccer game. She saw him standing on the touchline and approached him, filming the encounter with her phone. The two had a brief discussion, which Duff posted to her Instagram, publicly calling him out for being “a creep.”