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Action Images in Water

Dustin Snipes

Digital Sports Photography

Dustin Snipes

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23. Action Images in Water

Lesson Info

Action Images in Water

So we're standing in the Puget Sound, ready to complete our triathlete bundle here, of shots. We're just getting in position right now and seeing where we can actually place our athlete inside the water and how far we can go out. The tide is coming in. So we have to work really, really fast. Let's just see what we can get out of this shot. So, the idea I was thinking, You've done this shot before, right? Yeah, yep. Okay. In the past, I'm sure you've thrown up water, basically as you're coming out. Yep, totally. So I kind of wanna see you coming from the side. Yep. Yeah, an angle. Because I wanna see that water come flying up. Yep. We're going to have to do a few test shots first. Okay. I'm gonna try to get in a little closer without cutting my feet up. Further out? If you can? Just a little bit more cuz it's going to be a little bit wider. I'm going to come over towards that way as well. I would say, Jessie scoot back just a little bit more. (laughing) Are y...

ou okay, Ken? You alright? It's going to be cold. (laughs) Yeah. Is it maybe a little bit shallower. To be honest, guys. Really? To pop out properly. Well come up a little bit more then, yeah. Mostly what I wanna see is water being thrown up in the air. Yeah-yeah, exactly. Yeah. So, So can you do a little bit or get in the place where you would think, It's going to be nice and cold. I wanna see what it looks like first. (water splashing) Yes! That's exactly what I want. Yep. Alright, so let me come in a little closer to you. Ken, if you can jump just, actually, you know what? Yeah, that's fine. Just out here? Come up this way a little bit more since we're shooting more side. I think that'll be okay. Aim kinda like, try not to hit the water so much but you know obviously, Okay. Before his face. Yep. I wanna see, So you can kinda stand there for just a second while we do some tests. You got it right there. I'm gonna come in closer. Okay. I think we're looking good, already. I need to pump up my shutter speed just a little bit more. Let me see here, It's good right now, guys. (crew cheers softly) So let me see your arm just kinda push some water around real quick. Come in a little, turn a little bit more towards me. Yeah? Yeah, less like that. I wanna see a little bit more of that. And remember again, it's all about that arm going. Opening up towards me. Force this and you wanna open this way, yeah. Okay, let's see here. Let me see if I can get that a little bit. Strobe's not ready. Are you ready? I was not. Okay, good. You weren't pointed at him then? No Okay, good. Can you step into your shot just a little bit more, like right there. I wanna test the light one more time. Okay. I think I want you a little closer to me. Come up just a little bit more this way. Yeah. Gosh! This stuff is literally just, It's almost done. It's almost done, we kinda getting through a, A good patch of it. Okay, so we just let it go? Yeah. Here, we'll do some more tests. I'll let you know when a bunch come. Okay, good. So right now we have a two light set-up. We're doing two hard sources because it's pretty bright outside. We're shooting straight into the sun. I'm kinda making it very small in the sky. We're basically just getting water him and the sky right now. My settings right now are at: 1/1250 of a second; F-8 and ISO:64. I might be boosting it up, depending on how we're looking. Our lights are at 9.1? Nine. Nine and ? Nine. Nine. They're at nine and nine. So we're pretty much, Yeah, high-speed syncing on both of these. Ah, yeah. I think we're just about ready. I feel okay in terms of my, It does sound more in track with the light. Like, from around here. It's too high? Too high? Yeah, we're gonna. It's all for the water right here. When he comes up, we really need to hit that side water. Okay, let me try something else. I'll pick up the crab. We need the crab. I wanna try that too. Here can you point it at, you got it pointed at him real quick? Yeah. We might need to pump it up a little bit more then. You want me to come closer? Yes, come closer. Point that down at him really quick. Okay, let me see. Jessie, look to your left. That's not in yet. It's okay, I'm just looking at my back-light. Let's pump it up, all the way to ten. All the way to ten, copy. Yep. Try not to hit the, yeah I guess just tilt it up a little bit Tilt up, or do you want to go like, lower? I don't know because I don't want to light that too much. So, I mean you could already see it cuz the sun's hitting it. So I don't think it's doing too much, but let's see here. Look that way. Okay. (giggles) Here we go. Let me check the light. Look that way again, like you're coming out. There you go. Perfect. Let me check this. Ken, if you could step over just a half step. (laughing) Sorry man. You're fine. Just a little bit deeper. Yeah, just a little deeper guys. Little deeper. Are you on a rock? Inch by inch. I forgot I have a brand new (inaudible) I'm not suppose to have. Oh yeah yeah, can you step in more? I wanna get him. Or you can step more towards me. Got it. Let's do that guys. So don't move, I'll just move him. Okay, Jessie. Look off to the light. Sorry? Yep, there you go. Make sure everything's looking good. I think you need to come back, a half step, sorry man. Maybe just like six inches or a foot back cuz you're a little bit in the frame. Oh no, but not this way. I mean back towards that way. Yeah. Okay, cool. So yeah, I wanna keep the light off this side of his face. Cuz I kinda wanna keep that separation. I guess we could have. Yeah, it's okay. You're good. Same way, look there real quick. You okay? Yeah we're good. Okay. One more test. Everybody ready? So if you need to come, I would step into it. I'll just pop straight up into it, like. Yes. I'm going to go. Okay. You ready? Yep. Okay. You want me coming all the way from out of the water, yeah? Yeah, I think so. So from under water? I think so because it will pull up the most water, right? Yeah. Okay, cool. Okay, you ready? Yep. (water splashing) Okay. So get a little closer to me. Try to get that back arm or that right arm towards me, back more. Yeah, exactly. Yep. Try to come up out of the water more, if you can. And then right here is, yeah right in front of me. Yep, perfect. (water splashing) Good. Let's do that again. Let's see, ooh that looks pretty cool. I'm trying to get the sun to be like, between your arm and your head. Got it. So basically, You know where the spot is. Yeah. Let me see, real quick. Okay, whenever you're ready. Yeah, okay. (water splashing) Oh, back a little bit. Yeah, almost there. Almost there. I don't know if we'll be able to get it. It might be too high. But it's looking cool, still. So, actually stay right where you are. Are you good? Yeah, it didn't pop. Oh, okay. Okay, whenever you're ready. (water splashing) There it is. Nice, okay. So we're gonna do, We're gonna stay right there, this time. I'm gonna come a little bit this way because I'm gonna try to get the sun a little bit away from you, this time. Yep. That way it's not so distant here. I can kinda frame it out a little bit better. Okay. Let me scoot in just a little bit. I think my lens is a little wet but whatever. That one didn't pop. It's on ten. So bulbs slow on recycle. Whenever you're ready. Alright. Let's do it again. Ready? Yep. Really hit that water, come on. Get that back arm up, yeah. It looks cool. Okay. Okay, so go whenever you're ready. (water splashing) Good. Yeah, let me get a little bit more kind of angle more at me now. Yep. And whenever you're ready. (water splashing) Good. Oh, it's dope. Let me see here. Just over emphasize that back arm. Okay. Really push out of there. Just one second. That's all the way up, right? No, it's on nine. Let's go to ten. Yeah go up to ten. Okay, really, really push for it this time. Okay, whenever you're ready. (water splashing) Good. Nice, I'm going to see here. Nice. It looks dope, man. Let me get a little bit better framing right now. It's kinda just squared up. Almost come right at me. Alright. Let's try that. Let's push this out of your way, if you can. I would do it but I'm trying to keep my hands clean for this. Okay, cool. Okay. Okay, ready Ken? Yo. Sorry. Come a little closer, sorry. Yep. There you go, right there. And whenever you're ready. (water splashing) Good. Just the same thing, with a slight turn. Just a slight turn. Slight turn this way? Yeah. Yeah, just barely. Like it was almost perfect in that one. Okay. Okay. Now, sorry. I'm getting the water splashed me. Okay, whenever you're ready. (water splashing) Ah, I got you too early. One more. Yep. Just felt that one. Okay, whenever you're ready. (water splashing) I got you late on that one. Still looks pretty cool, but, We can do it again. I like the side ones actually, the most. Yeah. It's the most dynamic, the most waters coming up. You can see a better spray. Exactly, yeah. Yeah. So look like you're coming in from that way. Let me get a little tighter, so I can just get right at you. Okay. Are we good still on lighting and everything. We're good. Good. Let me get down, one second. Let me get a little bit more red behind you. K, whenever you're ready. Yo. (water splashing) K, let me see this. Great, you wanna check this out real quick? Tell me how this looks. Can you actually see it? Or is it too bright? Oh yeah, it's dope. Okay, so that's basically a lot of what they look like. For sure, yeah yeah. The side looks best though right? Yeah, totally. Cool. Should we call that? Sure, yeah. So let's do just a standing one. Just stay there cuz I think we might shoot, yeah okay. So we're just kinda do portrait. Look off. Actually. Yeah. I have shoes so I can actually move to wherever you need me to. Okay, oh yeah. Let's have you come up a little bit. Let's give him a little bit more front light. Let's just kill that one for a second. Let's just kinda go here, look right in. Come up at me a little bit more. Come up towards me more. Okay. Right there, perfect. Let me check the light real fast. Actually, kill your light, turn on your light. Killing. Look off that way. (camera shutter) Okay, another one. (camera shutter) Okay, glance over. Take off your goggles, put them on your head, I mean. There you go, look off again. (camera shutter) Yep, look a little more this way. (camera shutter) Good. Now look at me. (camera shutter) Good. Let's wait 'til this gets out of your way. Okay, ready? One, two, three, (camera shutter). A little bit face off that way. Good, eyes at me, great. (Camera shutter) Good. Wait, one more. Yep, thank you. A little look off towards the light. (camera shutter) Look like you're about to put your goggles on. (camera shutter) Yep. One more. Okay. Good! We're all ready for ya. That was awesome man. Thank you very much. Yeah, of course.

Class Description

When starting out in Sports Photography it’s difficult to begin finding your creative style. Going out and practicing with friends or local athletes is the best way to start building your portfolio. But what happens when you want to take your images to the next level?

Join Red Bull Photographer Dustin Snipes, as he takes you on a journey through the creative process behind photographing 3 sports at 5 locations with 5 athletes. He'll be working with students to show the best ways to communicate and inspire the athletes he's photographing, as well as how to maximize time spent with them. Dustin takes students through the challenges of photographing in direct sunlight, at public locations, in parks with mixed light, and in water.

Dustin teaches:

  • How to photograph basketball athletes, triathletes, and a fencer
  • The pros and cons to working outside in direct sunlight
  • How to communicate with and work with professional athletes and non-pros
  • Working through unique challenges of on-location shoots
  • Lighting techniques to capture the athlete
  • On-location portraits
  • Freeze motion and capture water to get that hero shot
  • How to use motion blur to capture a moving bicycle
  • The importance of being flexible on location to maximize your surroundings

Do you dream of taking professional athlete’s portraits? Do you want to have your images on the covers of magazines? Then join Dustin Snipes as he teaches you his secrets to maximizing locations in short periods of time, communicating with athletes to get the most out of their movements, and lighting a scene to capture the frame you want. 



Loved all the ideas and why he's positioned his athletes the way he did, and positioned the lighting. I met Dustin a few years ago at and NPAC conference. It's nice to see him doing these teaching videos. His work is very inspiring to me.

a Creativelive Student

Less talk and all action.. This is the best no mumbo jumbo talks and straight to practical work..

Alexandra Schaede

I really enjoyed the multiple exposure video, the pity is that they are no videos to talk about the post processing of this image.