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Why We Print: Sports Photographer John Glaser

Author: Collaborator - Printique by Adorama

Everyone has their own journey and story to tell. Each month, we’ll introduce you to a professional photographer, and we’ll find out about their start, their favorite photo to date and how Printique helps them on their professional path. We hope you’ll be inspired by John Glaser of John Glaser Photography.

high school senior track photographer

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

My photography actually started when I was the video coordinator/coach for a large high school outside of Houston, Texas. While I was the video coordinator, one of my jobs was to create highlight videos after each week we won. I started using regular video cameras to shoot my videos but then started to use a DSLR after I got a 5D Mark II and a 70-200mm lens. I did video for several years but got burnt out with it and decided to go out and shoot a game with photos instead of video. I borrowed a Canon 5D Mark III and a 300mm lens from someone and I was hooked. I loved shooting photos and people immediately loved what I was shooting and wanted more. I spent my first year shooting photos doing high school sports and then got lucky and was brought into an organization that has people shoot college and pro sports. I started shooting local college and pro games (Texas A&M, U. of Houston, Rice, Houston Texans, Houston Astros, etc). Soon after I had the chance to start shooting college/pro sports, I was brought on to start shooting games for USA Today Sports Images. I was told when I started that I wouldn’t get a ton of games because there were 4 photographers in Houston but I started to get my fair share of games.
Meanwhile I feel in love with how people lit portraits, I got a speed light and started to play. The speedlight turned into an Alien Bee, then I discovered Interfit strobes and loved them. I was lucky to meet a guy named Jason Duchow, who is a photographer in Idaho who became a mentor to me teaching me about lighting photos. I had a lot to learn but couldn’t get enough of doing portrait/lit photos.
high school senior in weight room

What is your specialty?

My specialty is sports and sports portraits. I am starting to also work on doing more commercial photography in the sports and fitness industry. I do a lot of a senior photos and specialize in senior athletes.
high school senior close up helmet

What is your favorite shot to date?

This is a difficult question because it depends on what we are talking about. If it is game day photos I would say one thing, if it is portrait it would be a totally different one.
For this, I will choose one of my favorites from a senior photos session.
Settings: Canon 5D Mark II, ISO 100, F16, 1/200
I used a single Interfit S1 with a large parabolic umbrella.

How do you incorporate Printique products into your services?

I do a lot of senior photos an office in my house that I use to reveal the senior photos that I take during my senior photo sessions. In the room, I have put a variety of sizes and style prints on the walls to show clients for sale. All of the metal prints on the walls were printed by Printique and I use Printique to fulfill all print orders for my senior photo portrait clients.
metal prints by printique on wall

What’s in your camera bag?

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 24-105mm f4
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Canon 70-200 f4
Canon 300mm f2.8
Canon Speed Flash
(3) Pocket Wizard III
(3) Interfit S1
(3) Interfit Honey Badgers
Interfit Remote
Thank you John. To see more of his work check out his website HERE.