Bodybuilding

Fitness Shoot with @lift_mor Part 1

Garrett Glover serves active duty with our United States Air Force, graduated with an MBA from Oklahoma State University, and is an NPC Bodybuilder who trains primarily on the central coast of California.

Garrett and I both trained at the same gym (Western Village Health Club) in Santa Maria. However it was through Instagram where we found our common interest for the sport of bodybuilding. After Garrett mentioned he would be competing in a Bodybuilding competition so we scheduled a time to shoot some pre competition photos.  We talked about having two photoshoots. The first would be thirty weeks out, and the second would be much closer to his show.  Its good to see the progress you've made as well as have photos to critique physique and areas you may want to build upon.

We met up early on a Sunday morning when the gym opened for the day.  It was quiet with only the regulars getting their morning workout sessions done.  I like an empty gym for photo shoots. All the equipment is readily available and there is less of a chance to distracting someones workout with my camera.  Garrett started out warming up with some cable movements before moving into the weight room for some free weight work.  Today was an accessory day so the workout consisted of a wide range of movements.  Afterward we headed into the spin cycle room for some pose practice.  Since he was so far out from his show the progress he would see in the weeks to come would be tremendous and having these picture to study and look back on would act as a motivator on the road toward the competition. 

The lighting in this gym was really great for our shoot.  I decided to only use my 35mm lens for the workout portion. My settings were ISO 800, f/2.8, and 1/125 of a sec.  The lighting is slightly brighter in the weight room so I compensated by increasing my shutter speed and left the rest of my settings the same.  Be sure and follow for Part 2 with Garretts transformation pics just days out from his show.

How about you? Heve you taken any gym photos? When did you take yours, and were you the model or the photographer? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Devin Physique Looses Shredz Sponsor

Shredz CEO Arvin Lal dismisses Devin as a Sheredz Athlete

 

To summarize the video Arvin discussed his company and their goals within the fitness community. While also making a public statement about the waves of negative feed back Devin had been bringing the brand. His ultimate decision was to end professional ties with Devin effective on the day of the video post.

The deception goes a lot farther than manipulating a few images in photoshop.  Devin is accused of holding 30day challenges with fake winners.  To be entered into his challenge he asks that you pay for his meal and workout plan.  The winners in the end however are found to be fake.

Being that this trial is being held by the court of the internet Im not sure what financial repercussions Devin will receive, and what restitution his clients can expect.  I see Arvin's stance to cut ties on their business relationship is a positive one. 

People will always find a way to take advantage of others. The business of scamming people is one that has been around for generations. In the fitness world their is big business in the selling of suplements with an endless amount of people who want a quick solution to achieving their fitness goals. Instead of looking to the Internet or fitness icons, ask someone in your gym. More often than not they will tell you about the protein or pre workout they take, but at the root you will hear it takes time and hard work. 

  ( At this time their is no video, post, or statement from Devin in response to his dismissal)

 ( At this time their is no video, post, or statement from Devin in response to his dismissal)

What are your thoughts? Did Arvin make the right call? Will this impact the fitness community and how they advertise products? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Fitness Shoot w/@fittattoo

Jason Bettoncourt owner/artist at Inkheadz Tattoo, NPC heavyweight bodybuilder, and nationally qualified. 

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    Coming off of a recent win Jason and I met up early in the morning for a chest, and arm routine. Today I was working with the natural light in the gym. I grabbed my 35mm prime lense, dialed my settings in, and we both went to work. 

    When working with an athlete in a public gym setting I always start by telling them I work at their pace. I don't like to interrupt their flow with posing suggestions or having them do something they may not be comfortable with.  

Cable Chest Flys

Cable Chest Flys

  The lighting in the gym most often is great for checking on your physique however is challenging for taking photos. This was a public gym so I shot without a flash. It made for a fast low key session but I paid for it in post processing when it came time to edit my images.  

Cable Tricep Extensions

Cable Tricep Extensions

How about you? Heve you taken any gym photos? When did you take yours, and did you use a flash? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Devin Physique's Message to Fans

When is using Photoshop ok? and when is it being deceptive?

    Today Devin came clean to his fans about altering his social media photos. In the video below he makes his apology and touches on allegations of scamming people.

Scamming and Photo altering aside the question remains. When is using photoshop acceptable? What is too much and what is commonly acceptable?  If you're photographing a person for fitness photos more often than not the photos don't end up looking the way you saw them. As a photographer I edit the image to display the way I saw it. Altering highlights, shadows, boosting colors, and adjusting contrast to fit my vision and style of editing.  I don't feel these things cross the line. When your making those adjustments you're manipulating data or information in the photo that was already there.  The subject and lighting play a huge roll in how much or how little you need to edit.

    Altering the physical appearance of a subject:

Here is the grey area. I feel that in the fitness community if you are advertising a product and in this ad you or the sponsor claim or imply the physique on display is a result of using those products then that is deception. Bringing in the love handles or increasing the size of your quads don't sell honest results. However I do think that if you are self promoting or using the images to inspire then it's really on your moral compass at that point. People need inspiration and those in the fitness community fluctuate their diets and have off days where a little trim and tuck here or their isn't that big of a deal to me.  There is also the argument on who is at fault for making alterations. The company paying the athlete for the photos and making the changes or the athlete making the changes on their own.  That's just my two cents.

    What do you think? Heve you altered any fitness photos?  How much photoshop is too much? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.