Action Sport Photography with Red Bull Photographer Corey Rich


Lesson Info

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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. 


Class Introduction
What Makes A Great Action Photo
Conceptualize the Shoot
Research Location / Wardrobe / Props for Action Shoot
Safety Tips for Action Photographers
What Gear Do I Need? Packing and Prep
Workflow and Asset Management
Ingesting and Organizing Files
Editing Down Your Selects
Post Processing Overview
Working with Clients to Select Finals
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Final Client Delivery
Introduction to Snow Athletes
Setting up the Shot: Using Natural Light
Getting that First Action Shot: Snow Park
Scouting Location for Action Shot: Snow Park
Capturing Variation of Snow Park Action Shot
Refining the Snow Park Action Shot
Action Shot with Strobes Overview
Shoot: Action Shot with Strobes
How to Light Using Strobes
Action Shoot: Snow Park with Strobes
Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes
Capturing Variation with Snow Park Athletes
Capturing Portraits: Snowboarder
Capturing Portrait: Skier
Shoot: Feature Jump Action Shot Afternoon Natural Light
Introduction to Today's Shoot
Building a Rapport with the Athlete: BMX Rider
Scouting Location for Action Shot: Indoor BMX Park & Natural Light
Getting the First Action Shot: BMX
Conceptualizing the Action Shot: BMX
Prepping Gear & Refining the Action Shot: BMX
Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light
Setting up Remote Cameras
Capturing BMX Action Shots: Remote Cameras
Conceptualizing the Shot: Using Strobes in Indoor BMX Park
Lighting with Strobes: Indoor BMX Park
Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Strobes
Capturing Variations of BMX Athlete
Shoot High Angle Action Shot: BMX Rider
Directing an Athlete Portrait: Indoors
Lighting a Portrait: Indoor BMX Athlete
Portrait Demo: Indoors BMX Athlete
Portrait Demo: Adding Atmosphere
Transmitting Live from the Field
Panel Q&A


  • I have been using creative live for some time. Very good courses about landscape photography, wedding and travel photography. I had huge expectations about this course due to redbull name was on there, but to be honest nothing useful on there. Basically it is see a very good photographer, with very good speech and a great gear working. I didnt finish to see it but I dont think it is going to change to something better.
  • 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.