Portraits of Athletes

Portraits of athletes photographed for magazines editorial and advertising photography by Pulitzer Prize-winning sports photographer Brian Smith

Portrait Lighting Tutorial: Darnell Dockett for Sports Illustrated

Darnell Dockett photographed in Tallahassee for Sports Illustrated “Day for night” is a cinematic term for faking a nighttime shot during the day. When shooting college or pro athletes for magazines, you rarely have control over when you’ll be able to shoot them. A few year back, Sports Illustrated wanted a nighttime shot of Florida […]

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Portrait Lighting Tutorial: Cuban Boxer Erislandy Lara

When lighting for reality, I want to focus the attention on the people in my photographs – not where I placed the lights. For my photographs to be most successful, my intention is to suspend belief just a bit. If lighting is the first element the viewer focuses on, then I’ve put the emphasis on

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‘Venus and Serena’ Showtime Documentary

Such a thrill to watch Showtime’s documentary ‘Venus and Serena’ and see my photos of teenage Venus and Serena Williams. I still remember the first time I photographed the Williams sisters. They were 13 and 14-year-old tennis phenoms filled with promise and even at that tender age they were simply overflowing with personality and star

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Happy 50th Birthday Michael Jordan!

Here’s a look back to the first glimpse of his basketball greatness when an un-heralded North Carolina freshman hit the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA National Championship game knocking off Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas. Carolina coach Dean Smith had won his first championship. For Jordan it was the first of his seven

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Ed Reed and Phillip Buchanon: Teammates Before Rivals

Before squaring off in this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, Ed Reed and Phillip Buchanon, stood front and center as teammates on University of Miami 2001 National Championship Team. They got together for this Sports Illustrated shoot of the UM defensive backs (left to right) James Lewis, Phillip Buchanon, Mike Rumph, Ed Reed, Markese Fitzgerald and

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