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Surf Vignettes Selects

Lucas Gilman

Adventure Photography

Lucas Gilman

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17. Surf Vignettes Selects

Lesson Info

Surf Vignettes Selects

So we got some vignettes with your ah uh what I would consider a vignette is uh something that's a found moment within the shoot it wasn't really the purpose of it but it's something that we sort of happened upon it was like something when we were walking from point a to point b it's like oh that's kind of cool so we're in the parking lot in big sur and I noticed that we're standing in pretty much open shade and it's really bright out there on the horizon so instantly my mind goes teo again I'm looking for the difference between light in dark and we're staying in the shade and I'm thinking well we're saying the shade were two three stops under what it is out there in the bright sunlight what can we do with that so there's this fence which you probably can't even see here because it's so dark and that was kind of the point and I said, hey eric can ugo and walk along this fence and make sort of an interesting picture so eric is literally standing on a buck rail fence here now this pictur...

e didn't quite work because when you shoot a silhouette you need to be very very cognizant of what it's lined up on you see how the surfboard is just touching the tip of that tree to me that drives me crazy you know it's almost there we're almost there but we went and we just sort of work through it and all of a sudden we have an image that works pretty well um and these you know, these were just images we shot sort of going from one location to the next it was like oh eriksson a shadow erickson another shadow here and I'm just looking for those found moments these things that air filler they're not necessary the basis of the shoot but there's something to continue to shoot and the moral of the story is don't ever stop shooting you know don't put your camera away just because you're walking from the beach to the bluff you know have it ready because eventually might like oh eriksson a really cool background here so by how being ready and being being congressman of our surroundings were trying to make interesting pictures eso this year same thing walking along the shade line we're walking down to the beach actually to go surfing but it didn't quite work out because body language body language is huge you see how he's kind of like awkward his legs are sort of like in between but we waited where I shot a few more frames and then all of a sudden we have a little bit cleaner frame so just being aware of your surroundings and always looking around again starting with the background first I look out and I go wow beautiful ocean mountains going off in the distance let's use this for something uh and I'm its simple as saying, hey eric, hold up for a second I'm going to run ahead and get into a spot as you walked out of the beach you're not necessarily making him go back and forth back and forth, but you're basically putting yourself in the best position to get an interesting image um and it doesn't have to take a lot of time, but having that foresight and knowing your surroundings allows you to make more unique and, uh interesting images same thing here just heading to the beach and this image again it bothered me these air sort of these images are going to be like one that works in one that didn't um so he's looking away from the sun his face is shattered, so looking back the other way all of a sudden his faces lit so you know, we're just sort of working through this again on the way to the beach checking the waves he's standing on a little buck rail fence, which was like a sign and there's some like baling twine is kind of junky but by cropping all that out by choosing a lens and zooming in all of a sudden he's on a really clean, really simple background and we've come away with like what six found moments just walking down to the beach so, again, just be aware of the situation where the surroundings and worked through that process.

Class Description

Learn how to capture the intensity and movement of an epic experience in a single, still photograph with Lucas Gilman in Adventure Photography.

Lucas is one of the most celebrated adventure photographers in the industry. His work is infused with color and energy and in this class, he’ll show you how he creates his amazing images. 

You’ll learn: 

  • How to take powerful adventure and outdoor images
  • The key to selling to commercial clients
  • Gear and equipment essentials
  • Post-processing tips and techniques

Lucas will share the history and process behind some of his most challenging and exciting shoots. He’ll also offer tips on how to prepare for long stretches of intense outdoor shooting and how he keeps his gear bag stocked for adventure.

Let one of the industry’s most exciting photographers show you how to inject excitement into your outdoor images in Adventure Photography. 



This class is perfect at all things. The best class for nature photography with or without model. Personally for me this class is best of all because we have most practical learning, that is perfect. I have sense just like I am there. I am gladly wait for starting today class because this class is two days. Buy it that material must to watch and have it on your hard disk! Just perfect. Regards to Lucas and Creative Live.


Lucas is an amazing photographer. I love how he keeps it simple with the way he explains and shows things. This class is perfect for anyone with a camera, as you can take his teachings and apply it to not only adventure photography but to any style.