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Add Haze to Runner Action Image

Dustin Snipes

Digital Sports Photography

Dustin Snipes

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20. Add Haze to Runner Action Image

Lesson Info

Add Haze to Runner Action Image

So we're gonna do another shot with Kirsten here same sort of shot, we're actually gonna do one straight down and do a little bit tighter but having an athlete's knowledge is very, very valuable. You telling me that runners don't always look the best when they run straight at you and the majority of that is because you can lose limbs real easily and you can just look like you're running with one leg. So we're gonna come off to the side a little bit, we're gonna change a tiny bit but we're also gonna add a little bit of atmosphere, haze in the background. All that is, is gonna be in a little spray in a can and it's basically fog in a can. Mostly that's gonna just pick up and add a little bit of texture to the background and we might even do a shot where we try to spray it a little bit at her feet, so it looks like you're kicking up dust as you run. I think that'll be great, let's just try it. It's gonna be about the same spot we were having Jessie run in. Okay. Caleb, there you are,...

hey so let's see here, I'm gonna be just off to the side of you, I'm not gonna be straight on but I'm gonna be just at a slight angle of ya, probably right about here, we'll push back a little bit. We're getting a little bit of dappled light now the sun is actually coming out, but we don't care we have our own sun. The light will hit right about here still, so let's put you back over here. Okay. This is gonna be about where we're gonna hit you. I'm gonna test some spots so just stand there. Why don't you find your angles? My angle and everything, yeah then I will show you what I'm doing and then we will match up on that. Look like you're running on Runner's World, there you go. Let's do a vertical too, this might be a little too, this way anyway but let me check. Okay so I think I'm just gonna kinda go a little tight. Actually, you know what, maybe I should come over this way. (shutter clicks) (beep) Switched sides a little bit, ooh I get a lot of light in that one 'cause I'm not hitting any of the tree, so I might have to move again, (shutter clicks) (beep) hm. Dial it down as well. Yeah that's true, let's do that, yeah let's do that. We're at nine right now, nine, eight, seven, six, five, six, five , what's that? You brought it down? To zero, to two? That's what I said. (beep) (shutter clicks) (beep) No yeah, okay we lost a lot of light so let's change our ISO, go back up to 500, drop that down to four, five. What's that light at right now? (mumbles) Let's turn it back up, let's turn it to four. (shutter clicks) You're getting a lot of sun on you now huh? Come up just a little bit, right about there. Okay, I'm gonna take a half step back. Shoot farther? Otherwise we get-- block the light right there too. Okay. Let's see. (shutter clicks) (beep) Still just testing light, making sure everything's dialed in. Does that go up any higher, I mean it could Taller? Yeah, can we get it a little taller? So basically what we're gonna use, we're gonna attempt to use is atmosphere aerosol. It's just a little spray can, they make a bunch of different kinds of these. You can buy 'em online but it's just a little bit of smoke in a can. It dissipates pretty quickly so it might not work as well out here but we're gonna try it anyway and it picks up really well with good backlight. Again, we're gonna kind of use it as sort of a trail like she's picked up dust but with this wet Seattle weather, the ground is kinda hard and doesn't really come up too much so this is gonna substitute for that. Okay, so I think we're okay in terms of our lighting, we're gonna catch you like I said in between there to here, but there to there, just think about, and I'll say the other spot would be about to here. Yeah we could totally do the yellow leaves, perfect. And then if we have a little bit, maybe you guys could tuck in just a little bit more in case you have to overrun. We just talked about how runners should look, again I want you to feel very authentic to you, just keep that focused look on your face and I think opened up towards me. This side? Yeah, let me see the other way though, let's go, I think I like it the other way, I think I like opened up. Looks better this way. Yeah, looks better, okay cool let's try it. Let's see what we can get. Probably gonna run all the way past. Spray a bunch so it catches that backlight up there. (shutter clicks) Okay go ahead, keep spraying. (shutter clicks) Nice, I think we need we little bit more spray up here too if you can. Okay, it's kind of drifting that way a little bit. I'm gonna keep going low and it's coming in. Okay great, that was perfect though just keep that, yeah same thing, whenever you're ready Kirsten. (camera shutter) (beeping) (footsteps running) Great, keep it up, I wanna do three more in a row. One second, let him spray a little bit more, and go ahead. (footsteps running) Cool, nice let's do it again. I'm hitting the light pocket right back there with the sun coming through, so I wanna get her out of that so I can control all the light. Whenever you're ready. (camera shutter) (beeping) Cool how far do you run to, right about there? Yeah, do you want me to run further? No it's okay I was just wondering if I can, if I should put the light over here because we have a heavy shadow on your left, left arm right here, maybe we should do that. We don't really have a spot for it right now, you know what, it's okay we're just gonna do it with the shadow there. What I was saying to the athlete, we have a little bit of a shadow from her hand when it comes up, we really like her opened up towards me but since the light is on that side it's putting a shadow on that side but we really don't have any room over here to put a light, we're gonna keep it on the same side and just deal with it because I like this angle a lot better than the other one. Okay, I like the haze how it was looking before, can you run up this way and just do a little bit down here first too? Don't do it. (chuckling) Yes, go, (shutter clicks) good. Check that, ooh I like that one how's that one? Oh, that's a perfect one. Yeah, good job, that was all you, no, it was, stop it. Actually, can you stand there one more time I wanna do another test, that was good that was like great whatever you just did let's do that two more times and then we're gonna move on, just a little test real fast. Oh, great fantastic, just wanna make sure I'm catching the right spot, let me turn my drive up a little bit faster and fire a couple more shots per second. Just one second, we're gonna wait til the fog fills up and then we're gonna go one more time, okay go ahead. (quick shutter) I just heard that, let's try it again let's go one more time you wanna, you wanna do it again Caleb? Cool, I think this is gonna be our last one but we'll see. Spray right in front of me for a second, there you go, good, good good good good good. Oh dusty trail, (chuckling) whenever you're ready. Let's try it again we're gonna get this. (quick shutter) Nice let's see. I like that last part but I think-- Oh, I want more focus I want a little bit more like gritty yeah, grittiness. Competition mode! Running makes me smile! Sorry, I know running makes you smile? Yeah that's true, I don't wanna take that away from you. I never have a game face. You don't have a game face? You know what if you don't, we have some good ones of you with a good smile so let's try to do one with that one. Okay, let's go one more time, and go! (quick shutter) Good, let's check that, good game face. You wanna check some of these out? Sure! Let's see here-- Oh that's a good one. I think I still like that one we were liking, you know that was a little close, that's a great one. (giggles) Standing. Yeah that one's nice of you standing there, I mean we could just do a standard portrait actually of you just standing there. We're just gonna have her standing there real quick, let's do some spray real quick just of her, around her standing, I think it's fine. We'll let it build up here-- Come up out of the sun, there you go a little bit more we wanna, yeah there you go, let me do a test on ya. We're gonna look, this one's gonna be a very kind of heroic-y shot, so we're gonna give you a three quarter turn, there you go, just widen your stance just a little bit. Perfect, left foot out just a little bit more there you go. Okay yeah just like that, think strong, there you go. (shutter clicks) Do it around her a lot more on the backside of her like on this side specifically 'cause it drifts, it's drifting really fast now, okay whenever you're ready. You can kind of hide down there too Caleb if you need to, chin up just a little bit, there you go, (shutter clicks) left shoulder a little more forward, there you go, chin over towards me, eyes a little bit at me right there, give me a little grin yeah nice, nice good. (laughs) You're like no it's big, it's big or nothing. It's okay you got a great smile, there you go, good. (shutter clicking) Fantastic, look straight again, heroic, good. We're getting a little too much in the front now? That's still good, I like it, we're gonna do a wide. Look over at me, (shutter clicking) good. One more, look off again that way. (shutter clicking) (beep) We'll wait til that builds up, okay, jump out of there, that looks fantastic, let me show you guys real quick. We're just doing a couple different things, we just did a little portrait at the end, you wanna see this? Okay. Obviously, with varying amounts of smoke in the background, some with a lot and some with not very much just in the back up here, again we're trying to mimic that sun look and then we add in this.

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.