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Refine Mid-Air Basketball Action Image

Dustin Snipes

Digital Sports Photography

Dustin Snipes

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Lesson Info

8. Refine Mid-Air Basketball Action Image

Lesson Info

Refine Mid-Air Basketball Action Image

We're gonna try a couple of the similar shots, and then we're going to do, maybe more of a pass shot, or something where you're jumping and doing some sort of dynamic move in the air. So, first we'll do a few more of the same thing, that KB was trying, and then we'll switch it up a little bit, as we go. So, same thing, just kinda come straight at it, and remember to separate yourself, 'cause the more you're together, it just looks-- You get more a dynamic feel if you're just a little bit more separated and spread out. Okay. Cool. Can we 24 to 70? Currently my settings are at 2000, 5.6, and ISO... This one's a tough one, low three. (laughs) I think that's like, 25, so it's a really low ISO and again the reason I've been doing that is 'cause I'm trying to darken down the sky, I'm trying to make the sun not look so bright in the sky because I'm basically pointing right at it. And it's kinda becoming an element of the photo. So, let's see here. I think I'll grab it in a second when we ...

start doing that other thing. Okay, whenever you're ready sir! Nice! Okay, so, that was great, I loved how you jumped off of there and both of your legs were engaged immediately. Let's come more at an angle, more at a straight on angle as opposed to this way, and I think that would help direct the legs a little bit more. Yeah, 'cause they got kinda tucked behind you. So, I'll move a little this way too, and then you moving that way, I think that'll help out a lot, and really get it where we want to. Okay, whenever you're ready. Good. Cool, I like it. Let's pull your left arm, so if you were going back, pull back and kinda have your left arm. You don't have to have it out front, just kinda in the front more of you, as opposed to right now you just have it to the side, just kinda pull it to the front a little bit. All right, and whenever you're ready, Yeah! Perfect. The arms were great on that last one. Now, try to again this is so hard to think about when jumping off of a trampoline, but after you hit that jump, try to pull your legs up a little bit, kick 'em back. Yeah, yeah, yeah, just like that. Now I'm giving you so many directions, I'm so sorry. You're doin' great, you're taking direction very well. So again, it tucked back this way again. Try to really maintain that forward-on jump, and really try to pull 'em back this way. So I can get 'em looking long, and it looks really dynamic when you're spread out like that. Okay I'm gonna try one from the side here. Nice! I'm going to come under a little bit more, with the same thing. 'Kay go ahead. Nice! One more of those in a row! How do you feel in terms of closeness, to the rim? I feel a little close. Yeah let's pull it back a little bit, it felt a little close to me. Yeah! That was great. Body language was absolutely great. Okay, so this one's gonna be hard. Again, since I'm facing at you like this, you're pulling back a lot, this way. So again, it's hard to contort your body in the air, clearly. Okay, when you did this last time I think you pulled your chin up a lot. So I know it's hard 'cause you're still lookin' at the hoop, but pretend you're just looking at it this way. Yeah, exactly. Try and keep your chin a little bit down, 'cause we really want to see your face. All right. Let's see if we can get this. Yeah, but the body language was great on that last one. Yeah, perfect. Nice! I love the pause, too. That's pretty good here. Here let me show you it really fast. So, you see what I mean right here? I'll go through a couple of these. this is what I mean with your head. You did so much better on that one, it's great! Oh, that one's really good. That's the one, yeah. Let's build off of that one now. Same thing you just did, even less pulling your chest and your chin back, 'cause it still arches you a little bit. I mean, I can get-- I like how I saw it, too, so it kinda helps with when I come in, so I liked me seein' that. It helps, yeah. Totally. It helps you get the right body positioning. I'm kinda trying to lean in towards you a little bit, and kinda keep the same thing. Okay, cool. But yeah, definitely do that. You can definitely lean in, you don't have to pull your chest up so high, 'cause I know you're obviously going for the rim, but don't think about that, think about that as an afterthought. You're making it up there high enough anyway, and I'm shooting under you so it makes it look like you're going up taller. You know, you're getting up a little bit higher towards the rim. So now all you have to do is we just have to worry about, because my angle is so steep, and trying to get none of the ground down here, it's harder to obviously capture it at that angle and to get rid of obviously the trampoline. (laughs) Let's see where my position was. Here we go. One second. Good! Wanna do another one right in a row? Mhm. Pull that far arm down just a little bit. Good! I'm going to come under just... Or come at an angle just a little bit more. Good. Let's do one even bigger. Pull back far and jump as hard as you can on this one. Just explode off of there this time. You can do it! I believe in you! Yeah! Do that again! (laughs) That was easy, right? Just do it again! Hold on one second, I wasn't ready for that one. Whoa, you look pretty rad in that. Okay. Yes! Yes, yes, man! All I had to say was just, do more. (laughs)

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.