Like the title says… you can’t always shoot where you want to. That doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done. Enter the magic of Photoshop… and a little know-how too, of course.
As you can see, this image from a football series was shot indoors.
Although, the background is large (12′), you can see it doesn’t cover the model completely. That is because I used a wide angle to give the final image more drama. As for the lighting setup, there are three lights used here. One on each side (angled from the back) and one key light up front (left of me).
When compositing, it’s important to match your light sources, so be aware of that when you are looking for various elements to work with. I happened to be going to a high school football game and was able to get something I could work with. Believe it or not, I only had my iPhone with me and so that’s what I used. To finish off the final image, the football player was masked out. The background image itself was edited from the original since I needed a much higher resolution image but you can see pieces of the stadium to make it convincing enough.
The final image is much more interesting than having the football player on a black background.