Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich

Lesson 31/50 - Introduction to Today's Shoot


Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich


Lesson Info

Introduction to Today's Shoot

Good morning, I'm Corey Rich, and you are watching Creative Live in conjunction with Redbull Photography. We're at Woodward and Truckee, California, just outside the Lake Tahoe basin, one of my favorite places on the planet. That's why I choose to live here. And, we're here with Corey Martinez. You'll see him just kind of feeling it out in the background, Redbull athlete, BMX Street athlete, top of his game. And so it's a real treat to work with one, someone names Corey, and two, a top level athlete. Today we're indoors, and I think this is really the premise of this entire course. It's as an action sports adventure photographer working for a client like Redbull, what do you do on location? How so you actually put together sets of pictures that help profile the athlete, but also tell a more complete story? And so, today we're gonna sorta dissect how you shoot indoors. Segment one, we're gonna focus on shooting with natural light. I'm gonna really sorta rift with Corey, and try to under...

stand the complexities world, what he's thinking, what's possible, what's not possible, and try to add my visual aesthetic to what he's doing. We're also gonna set up some remote cameras at the end of segment one. In segment two we're gonna get into using strobes indoors. And I'm pretty excited that we're inside. I can see wind blowing outside, because snow if blowing off the rook of Woodward. And it feels pretty good to be nice and warm, and unaffected by the weather. Segment three, we're gonna shoot a portrait of Corey. And in segment four, and I want everyone that's watching at home to think about this, or if you're watching at work, even better, and that is, we're gonna sit as a round table with my entire crew, Jeff Johnson, Blide Gilleys, Brett Wilhelm, and Corey Martinez. And, we're going to answer your questions both from an athletes perspective and also from a photography perspective. Anything and everything is fair game if you want to send questions over our way. I'm gonna be totally transparent today. I am an adventure sports action photographer. I've shot a ton of sports in a ton of locations around the planet. But, this is not my wheelhouse. This is not where I've spent most of my time shooting, with BMX Street athletes. And I think it's important I'm revealing all of this, because I know there are people watching this that this is your space. But, the key as a photographer is to just be transparent. Be honest with the athletes that you're working with. I'm not trying to pretend that I'm someone that I'm not. I've spent a lot of time behind the camera. I've spent a lot of time with great athletes. But, I'm gonna really explain that to Corey so that he can educate me. He brings a lifetime of knowledge of what's possible in these environments, and I bring a lifetime in a creative knowledge, and how the camera works, and what I think looks good, and my style, to the table. And so, just communicating clearly is really the key. Me expressing what I'm trying to do, Corey explaining what's possible, and let me see if I can actually, actually before I bring Corey over, we also have four fantastic students as a part of this class who also work for Redbull. And, I'm gonna let the camera spin around and let you guys introduce yourselves. We've had a ton of fun in the last two days, and Alex, maybe we can start with you. Many you can give us a, tell us who you are, and your background as in photography. My name's Alex Goodlett. I'm based in New York City. And, I specialize in sports action in both adventure and main stream sports. My name is Bryan Ralph, or Ralphie. I'm from Nelson, BC, and I shoot mostly snow sports, and a little bit of bike. I'm Mike Killion, killertown on Instagram. I shoot a lot of Great Lakes surfing, cold water surf, a little bit of skate and stuff here, but not so much anymore, so. Pretty fun to shoot some BMX today. Hello I'm Camera Jesus from Detroit, Michigan. I grew up riding BMX, so I'm really excited about today. This'll be great.

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.