Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes

 

Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich

 

Lesson Info

Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes

Hey, Cody, I kinda feel like keeping that lower leg down because I'm afraid it's we're, it's blocking some of the ambient light, so maybe just front leg is also down. Cool. Well I was thinking of going up the chair and doing the gap. Got it, like the whole thing? Can we do one more before doing the lap, cool? So Corey, this spot seems like its higher a little before this. You think that's early? It just seems like naturally you're here. I think, so he's, in that frame he's directly over this, he's exactly where you are. So if anything maybe we should spin the light. I think the light was maybe focused slightly up the rail. So let me see, if you're standing there. Right, back this way? Okay. Yeah I think we could still tilt the heads up slightly. Yep. And you know right now I'm fortunate to have Jeff and Bly helping. But the reality is you can do this alone, it just takes more time, right? That's always the equation. If you have more time on your hands or you bring help ...

and you can move faster. Again, I opened this segment by discussing this reality of this is not the opportune time to shoot. You know if we get to blue sky we're gonna be, it's pretty tough situation we just can't overpower full sun but when we get those little pockets of clouds covering, you ready for me to do a test run? (camera shutter clicks) Okay let's see. Oh yeah much better. I think that's great, okay. And yeah these little pockets of cloud that's what we're really waiting for. Cody thanks, maybe I'll, I'm gonna send Dylan and then so you're gonna take the chair so you can get speed? Yeah. Okay, perfect, okay. You want me to do like one more? Yeah one more. I'm gonna send Dylan now and then you're gonna take a lap on the chair? Okay. Okay Dylan let's, we're gonna wait for a cloud, stand by. Alright. Yes. Could we do, on one of the passes, pass control where one of them can pop back to Alex? Sure, sure. Can they do a pop? Let's, maybe let's dial it in just so it's working and then absolutely. So, right now guys I'm looking up at a pretty big patch of blue sky. This could take a couple minutes actually, so you know right now firing the strobe we get almost zero effect when they're getting blasted by full sun. Yeah the sun's moved around a little bit since. One of the other observations that came up at lunch and it's as you look around this team, myself, my crew, and the students, there's a lot of guys here. And yet as we're seeing in the action sports world the growth of women in action sports. You know what I'm waiting for, and pretty excited about, is women to grow into the world of photography in the action sports world. It's a really unique opportunity, a real unique moment in time, is there's a real shortage of women and what women bring to the table is a unique perspective that men can't have. But frankly, it's really unique situation. Women bring a unique perspective to the table and there's a real shortage of female photographers in this industry. Yep, if you're looking for a career, there's a huge opportunity. Okay, here we go I can see some cloud cover comin'. I think I might call him. Okay Dylan, let's do it. Three, two, one. Cool, I think he's actually in our sweet spot. That's a nice frame. So, and I wanna be critical real quick. I know this is not gonna go in my portfolio, this photograph, it's not the greatest frame that I've ever shot, but this isn't about making the best frames, this is about showing how to do it. So that everyone that's watching can then go and do this in your own time, on your own schedule, in the right light, with the right athletes. And I wanna be honest, what I can see is, the snow's really dirty in the foreground because we've been walking all over it. In a perfect environment I might rake this foreground out and it would be kind of more virgin, that foreground. I'm not crazy about the trees behind him. That's not a really clean separation. Where Dylan is stacked against that horizon line. But, we're tethered to a table and we're kinda locked to this computer and moving around isn't that easy right now. So from that perspective, it's just being conscientious of I understand this isn't the perfect frame, I get that, but it's the principles that we're really talking about. It's where to put the light. We're trying to shape the light, we're trying to create something that doesn't exist if we're using only available light midday. So, let's, I'm gonna shoot Cody and then we're gonna send Cody down so that he can gap the whole rail. And then what I'd love to do is actually hand over the transmitter to one of you guys and let you shoot a few frames and can look over your shoulder. Okay. So, we're gonna wait for clouds again. We're good for Cody? Not yet, let's wait for clouds. But Cody's gonna be able to ski straight into the lift. Yep, yep. Dylan's not skiing to the lift right he's hiking? Cody when you drop, when you drop into the clouds we're able to slow down the lenses. So when you drop, shoot all the way down (inaudible) in the lap, we're just waiting for the cloud cover for when you drop, we're just waiting for the light. Okay that looks like a decent cloud. Alright Brett let's send him. Alright, go for it. You're ready to drop, the clouds just came in. Is he droppin'? Okay. Three, two, one. (camera shutter clicks rapidly) Cool. It's a little late. Boy that is so directional. So I think I was right on the edge of the frame there. We have such a focused spot of light right now. I was probably a foot late on that frame. So, this is where repetition comes in. We'll do it as many times as we can. Dylan is just getting ready. I kind of wanna do one more frame before I hand off the lights to one of you guys. Who wants to shoot, who's uh? I'm down, yeah. Okay, great. Maybe we'll put it on your camera first. I think it's only gonna work on the Nikon. Oh. It's Nikon specific. Oh, yep, okay, we're not playing favorites but you win, you're on a Nikon. Okay. Okay maybe let Dylan know we're just waiting for light again. Okay. Guys any other questions? Anything that's going through your minds? One of the things that I think about when we're setting up lights and doing stuff like this. A lot of times I'll get up there into the sweet spot and I'll start looking directly into the light. So I'll imagine myself as the subject and how I want the light to be shaped around the subject. So that I can go and look at it and imagine how the light comes, hits the subject, and then I, you know, think about okay I wanna move it here, I want it higher, I want it further away, I want it more focused, I want it more broad light. So, it's just one of the kind of different ways. Thinking about it on the other end. 'Cause you know, you're in the camera you're seeing things one way. When you go and stand up over there you can see it from a different way too. So it kinda helps. Oh yeah, okay we've got a pretty decent cloud. Okay let's send him. So I'm above this snowflake right, that's our? Okay, okay. Okay let's send him Brett. He's coming down. Three, two, one. (camera shutter clicks rapidly) Oh yeah, there we go. That's it. Alright that's our best frame so far. I was just shooting prematurely. So, I think that's in a great spot. Dylan are you comfortable hiking a a few times? Cool, alright. That was great. That looked, check this one out on the hike up. And it actually worked out that he's even stacked against trees. Like it's dark enough that he really separates from the frame. Which, that's our most successful frame so far. Alright.

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. 

Lessons

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

Reviews

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!

WildWithin
 

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.