Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich

Lesson 37/50 - Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light


Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich


Lesson Info

Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light

Okay, now here I'm gonna use autofocus, and I'm just gonna follow Corey, so that I can, there might be a moment leading up to it that looks cool, I want the ability to press the shutter, any time something looks interesting to me. Okay. So let's see, that's a really cool background. So here, this natural light's really working for us. So I obviously fired kinda prematurely but there we go, that's starting to look pretty neat. And for me, Corey, I was just figuring out where you were gonna be. Yeah, totally. Cool, so that's probably the sweet spot. I'm hot, okay so I'm hot on the highlights, and so I'm gonna stop down, in fact, I'm gonna just add some shutter speed. So right now, we're at ISO 2000, which looks great on this camera. So I just went up to 1250, 1/1250 of a second. Let's try that again, what about from a trick perspective? Yeah, I could do what they call a Tuck No Hander, so you just kind of put the bars in the lap. Cool. That would be great, yeah, that would be swe...

et. Okay, so. I have my autofocus sensor, great, see how that looks. So I have my autofocus sensor in the upper third of the frame so that I can really track with Corey. I'm a little loose there. And it looks like Corey, I don't know if that was a different angle but you maybe popped out of the sun. Was that kind of the same trajectory? I think it's because instead of tucking-- Oh, got it. Cool. It might be, what else could we do because I do feel like you're going out of the sun shaft maybe it's something that's ah.. Oh, we could do, we could try this, it's called a Toboggan I'll still be low. Cool. In order to keep the framing low in my position it's called a Toboggan, so you just turn the bars, grab the seat, so, we'll just stay in that range. Cool, let's try that. Because, I think without the sun it becomes kind of an average photograph. And again, guys, I'm doing this kind of quick and dirty, it's a little sloppy, the way I'm shooting here. I would, I'd probably shoot this about 300 times to make a perfect frame. (camera clicking) K. And I think our sun is moving on us. Like I think we might have lost our little window. Yeah, it's almost like the end of, yeah and boy, we're just, I think that's still... Do I need to come If you came to Ryder's left, you'd be more in the light. Yeah, let's try that, perfect. And this is again, we're just fishing for how we can get Corey into the light and it's, you know, obviously Corey is super savvy here, He sees what's working and what's not working. Still, I'm not crazy about that highlight on the hump. But, I think it's working and it's more about just illustrating what works and what doesn't. Cool, I'm ready when you are, Corey. Okay. (camera clicking) Great. And I might have, oh there we go that's more dramatic. I kind of blew it by framing up too high. How's that right there? Those last two or three frames were nice light. What's the end is the nicest light, ironically. Yeah, see that, it's probably that one or the one after that is... And that's actually pretty nice light. I can definitely get lower so that you don't see those highlights below you. Although they don't bother me. It's actually, from a BMX perspective, you can see where the rider's taking off from Cool That's something you kind of want to look for when you're shooting athlete photos. Right. So you're not just floating in space. Yeah, people are wondering where you're coming from. Cool. And is this from a trick perspective, do you like the way you're positioned in the air? Yeah, so if you can tell, the bars are turned 90 degrees, and then the hand is on the seat and you're dipping it down. That's typically what you want to see, yeah, right there. Great, it looks like I actually shot it mostly in focus, so that's good. (laughing) Is that in focus, or is this just, I'm going to blame it on It might be.. I'm going to blame it on the low resolution of using capture one in this format. (laughing) Cool. Um, let's say we got that, exactly like we made a cool picture.

Class Description

Being an action sports photographer is about more than getting freeze frames of famous athletes. It’s about documenting the experience of people for whom the line between passion and work is blurred. At his or her best, the action photographer tells compelling stories that show us at our most daring, fearless, and adventurous.

Corey Rich is one of the world's leading outdoor adventure and action sports photographers, adept at distilling the essence of extreme action sports and adventure travel and lifestyle.  In addition to documenting extreme sports for Red Bull, Corey has worked for many of the biggest brands in the world.  This is your opportunity to follow Corey as he prepares for a shoot on location, and learn how he evokes powerful brand stories like those he has made for Red Bull. 

Join us for this live class, and you will learn:

  • How to work with a client, and shoot with their brand in mind
  • How to prepare yourself and your gear for a shoot in an extreme environment
  • How to take photos of extreme sports pros, and work with variable light conditions

This class will stream live from the location of the shoot in Lake Tahoe. Corey will be shooting Red Bull athletes as they perform at Ski Mountain Terrain Park and at a nearby BMX park. There will also be a live session from a Tahoe cabin to discuss photo theory and Corey’s experience of building his photo practice and working for Red Bull. 


1Class Introduction 2What Makes A Great Action Photo 3Conceptualize the Shoot 4Research Location / Wardrobe / Props for Action Shoot 5Safety Tips for Action Photographers 6What Gear Do I Need? Packing and Prep 7Workflow and Asset Management 8Ingesting and Organizing Files 9Editing Down Your Selects 10Post Processing Overview 11Working with Clients to Select Finals 12Retouching & Post Processing: Image 1 13Retouching & Post Processing: Image 2 14Retouching & Post Processing: Image 3 15Final Client Delivery 16Introduction to Snow Athletes 17Setting up the Shot: Using Natural Light 18Getting that First Action Shot: Snow Park 19Scouting Location for Action Shot: Snow Park 20Capturing Variation of Snow Park Action Shot 21Refining the Snow Park Action Shot 22Action Shot with Strobes Overview 23Shoot: Action Shot with Strobes 24How to Light Using Strobes 25Action Shoot: Snow Park with Strobes 26Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes 27Capturing Variation with Snow Park Athletes 28Capturing Portraits: Snowboarder 29Capturing Portrait: Skier 30Shoot: Feature Jump Action Shot Afternoon Natural Light 31Introduction to Today's Shoot 32Building a Rapport with the Athlete: BMX Rider 33Scouting Location for Action Shot: Indoor BMX Park & Natural Light 34Getting the First Action Shot: BMX 35Conceptualizing the Action Shot: BMX 36Prepping Gear & Refining the Action Shot: BMX 37Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light 38Setting up Remote Cameras 39Capturing BMX Action Shots: Remote Cameras 40Conceptualizing the Shot: Using Strobes in Indoor BMX Park 41Lighting with Strobes: Indoor BMX Park 42Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Strobes 43Capturing Variations of BMX Athlete 44Shoot High Angle Action Shot: BMX Rider 45Directing an Athlete Portrait: Indoors 46Lighting a Portrait: Indoor BMX Athlete 47Portrait Demo: Indoors BMX Athlete 48Portrait Demo: Adding Atmosphere 49Transmitting Live from the Field 50Panel Q&A


a Creativelive Student

If you're looking to learn from one of the greats of action photography who also happens to be an incredible instructor, look no further! Corey Rich and his fantastic team will show you every facet of being a great action photographer and they share all of their insights from A to Z. Their instruction is heartfelt and they laid it all out there for everyone's benefit. A huge thank you to Creative Live and Red Bull Photography for bringing this to the world. This is a must have class in your library!


One of the best photographic purchases I've made. Big fan of Corey Rich's work and getting a behind the scenes look at how he works and thinks was thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. Corey and the others also provided a great amount of insight into the business world behind action sports photography.