LeBron James SI Cover From the Vault with Peter Read Miller

LeBron James SI Cover From the Vault with Peter Read Miller


(gentle guitar music) – Hey, this is Peter Read
Miller on Sports Photography. And I’m here today with another episode of Behind the Scenes
Stories from the Vault. What happened, what might’ve happened, and what didn’t happen. (bright instrumental music) During Lebron James’
first stint in Cleveland, S.I. For Kids actually wanted
to do a cover with him. He was then known as King
James, and so we thought why not shoot him with giant chess pieces? Well, if you ever need giant chess pieces, there’s a website you can go to, but I will warn you people who deal in giant chess pieces
aren’t exactly like us. They’re a little different. But after a couple of months, I finally convinced him to ship these pieces out to Cleveland because Lebron was not coming to us. And we were set up at the facility in kind of a small room, kind of a really tiny room actually. Here is my assistant Paul Clap, he’s got the ball taped to his hand, so that’s why he can drive. Here’s some of the pieces. Clearly, there’s gonna be
some Photoshop involved here. This is our whole setup. This is the entire room we had. Not a lot of space, we
really had to make it work. Here’s a view from the other side. We have two big lights, just light the whole thing up, light everything up. Here comes Lebron. He comes in, the PR
person looks at her watch and says, you’ve got 10 minutes. Now honestly, in this day
and age, 10 minutes is a lot. I’ve had 90 seconds with Kobe. So 10 minutes was what we got. He’s a pro, his shoes were tied. Sometimes that can take five minutes. And here we go. We’re shooting one frame at a time because we’ve got lights,
we’ve got strobes. So here we go, he comes through. Eh, not quite. He comes through, almost, almost. Then he comes though like that. This was about frame 11, I’d say, and, we were pretty happy with it, we were pretty happy with it. As it turned out, it
worked great on the cover, and I had about six minutes left with him, so I changed the lighting,
put on a ring light, and made a portrait that
I’m pretty happy with. And I think that’s an
example of the principle of do whatever you’re
assigned first, always first. But if you have some time left over and you’re with a famous athlete, a beautiful women, a handsome man, someone whose photograph-able, photogenic, take another picture,
make one for yourself. All right, so that’s it
from the Vault today, Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography, if you have any questions,
drop me an email, and please try and subscribe. Thank you, bye. (gentle guitar music)

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