Behind the Scenes of a Sports Illustrated Cover

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Houston photographer Robert Seale got the chance to photograph three basketball players who rarely pose together, the Spurs “Big Three,” for the cover of Sports Illustrated. The catch? He would only have 5 minutes with them to produce a series of images with multiple looks.

His solution was to build a set that would be able to create multiple looks without ever having to move his subjects. With 4 lights, powered by Protofo Pro-7a’s, Robert got 6 different looks and 1 very happy art director.

See how he did it on his blog. See more of his work on


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