Eric Thames started his first official day of spring training by sitting for 66 portraits.
The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder accepted a tube of makeup and rubbed some on his nose and forehead to soften the glare. Then he settled into a fancy swivel chair to face his image-maker.
The contraption is custom-made to secure six digital cameras at various angles in a vertical row. Big umbrellas reflect the strobe lighting just so, virtually eliminating facial shadows.
Thames usually smiles a lot, but now he holds a solemn façade. Over the next five minutes, the computer-triggered cameras will take 66 photos of his head, part of a process to transform him into a 3D action figure for a video game. This is a small but essential step in the process that brings big-league players to life in the popular baseball simulation games MLB The Show and MLB 2K. Photo: John Lott/National Post