Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich


Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich


Lesson Info

Prepping Gear & Refining the Action Shot: BMX

I'd love to see actually that far wall while we're on this side of the, I noticed earlier when you were just going high on that wall I would love to just long lens see what we can capture. Yeah yeah that's a very scary one but it's definitely fun. So I never ride things bigger than six, seven feet and that's a 12 foot quarter-pipe with four foot of vert, so I'm definitely down to play on it. Cool, I don't wanna push you into anything-- No, no, I love, love doing that stuff. Cool, okay, so maybe we'll relocate the cart to the other side. Let's see what this looks like. Oh yeah, That's cool. Yeah, Jeff. I bet I do go 200-400. (unzipping) So I use these low-pro rollers. I talked about these on the day where we unpacked gear. What's great about these bags is you can roll them onto the plane. See, the way that I packed them is this is kind of my main kit, and then this is sort of a specialty kit where I keep long lenses. So I have, in here, this is a 200-400 f/4 lens which is a real...

ly great, you know as soon as I go past my 70-200 it's f/4 straight through. Super sharp. I use this both in the still photography world, and also in the video world, and it's light enough that I can hand hold it. If I'm gonna be using it a lot, I'll put it on a monopod. So I'm gonna jump onto this 200-400, it just gives me, you know, I'm kind of past that 200 millimeter range, here, and so I'm gonna just throw this on the D5. And if you don't, if this isn't in your budget, the 200-400, you can also, of course, 70-200 with a 1.4 converter, is a great option, and there's some sort of slower lenses, or variable aperture lenses, that are also great options. This is something else I'll do sometimes is just put the camera lens on my knee. It's kind of an easy way to rest it. So let's see. (shutter clicking) Okay, how does that look exposure-wise, Jeff? Reasonable? I mean I know there's that hotspot. Maybe I could hide that hotspot. Corey, maybe when you're ready, let's just see what it looks like when you're on the wall, and I might have to contend with that hump that's in the sun You good? Yep, let's do it. (rapid camera shutters) Okay, so I'm accepting that there's a hotspot right now. So now, it's challenging that Corey's actually in a dark, in a dark wardrobe. Yeah, up against that black, I'm liking there's a little bit of a shadow there, kicking off the wall. Okay, I look, a couple things go through my mind as I look at this photograph. It's not a great photograph; I'll start by saying that. And a few things that I see: Obviously, someone stuck two stickers right in the middle of that wall, that are pretty distracting, like it's sort of my eye goes to those images. The (clears throat) the other thing that I notice is that hump has a highlight on it which is, your eye goes right to the hump. I might be able to get lower and hide that hump with this foreground hump that's in the shadow. I'm also noticing that maybe this is more of a vertical frame, could be interesting, show more bottom, so that you get a sense of how high he really is. One great thing about this shot, if I'm out here working for Red Bull is there's actually Red Bull branding in this shot beyond just on Corey's cap, and so that's something that I'd probably try to frame more elegantly; I'd make sure there's a straight line. But I think from a Red Bull content pool perspective, their gonna be happy, my editors, if I bring back a picture of their athlete doing something cool with Red Bull branding in the background. I wanna, real quickly, just try to get lower, see if I can hide that light, shoot, so hide that highlight on the hump, put Corey in that spot, and, ooh that's also pretty neat, when... Hey Corey, when you just came over that little gap, you're going through the sun right now. Right here? Yeah, can I just real quick fire a frame of that? That direction or coming-- Coming at me Okay Yeah, and would you do anything as you go through the air there? Or is it more you're just-- I could do something off the first part, just gap the flat Yeah, that would be great. I could do, just like a no-hander Cool So, it'd be something just like that Great. I might, and this is important for the audience that's watching at home. I just described what was and wasn't working on that wall, and I'm gonna make an executive decision, right now we're gonna come back to that in segment two and light it, because it's not gonna be great right now in available light. While I was talking I saw Corey do something that's way more interesting which is over that gap he's actually going through the natural light and that's what the segment is about, and so I'm gonna switch gears real quick and make a picture that is compelling because it's readily available. So it's knowing when to cut your losses, and move on to make something interesting. Cool So, can I-- Do you want us to test shot, just jump through-- Yeah, and you know what? I kind of need to, I might even have you just roll over there and either stand or sit on your bike, in the light, just so that I can figure out exposure. And of course, just as we try to do this, a cloud rolls in. Okay. Yeah, that's gonna be sweet. (shutter click) Let me just check that for exposure. And one thing you might notice I do a lot is the way I test exposure. I'm not sure why that's not going to There we go, okay. Cool, does that look pretty good, Jeff? Or can I... Yeah, that's actually a really nice, you got detail Okay.

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