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Shoot: Action Shots In Studio

Lesson 18 from: Environmental Portrait Photography

Dan Brouillette

Shoot: Action Shots In Studio

Lesson 18 from: Environmental Portrait Photography

Dan Brouillette

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18. Shoot: Action Shots In Studio

Go behind-the-scenes for studio action shots. Watch as Dan works with a handheld light without a light stand to replicate the look of on-camera flash.


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Introduction to The Environmental Portrait


Environmental Portrait Purpose


Personal Work


Find Your Process




Purpose For Action Editorial


Prepare for Shoot


Lesson Info

Shoot: Action Shots In Studio

Now the last thing we're gonna do, and I swear it's the last thing we're gonna do, is we're gonna get out the Profoto B and I'm gonna shoot with that. Because I want him to dribble. And I wanna get, finish up with some studio action. So, the B2s are in this bag. Which is also inside this bag. And, when I shoot with the B2 for that on-camera flash look I use the seven inch reflector, same reflector we just used here, to give me a little bit of control of the light spill but also kind of amplify where that light's going. So, we're good there. The thing about the B2 is it does have a cord so the battery is in the bottom of the pack. It's still all wireless. You don't need power from the wall or anything like that. But, because the battery is down here it makes the actual light head only weigh, so the strobe head itself only weighs about a pound-and-a-half so I can hold it above my camera and not get a workout in at the same time I'm shooting. All right, so what we're gonna do is we're gon...

na hand-hold one, and you could shoot TTL and kind of bracket accordingly. I don't like doing that. I like to have control myself. So we're still gonna go for F8. So in this case, I'm gonna hand you this guy. And you don't have to do anything other than hold it above your forehead. And I'm gonna take a test shot. So I'm gonna know I'm gonna be about right here. One, two, three. Ah, we're at 10. So I need to go down a little bit. One more test shot. Um, see if, there's a button by your middle finger. Click that real quick. And then hold it back by your head. Boom. We're perfect. So now if I stay about this distance from him, we're at F8, we're good. Thank you Brock. All right, so I'm gonna shoot pretty wide 'cause I want some action shots. So, one quick test shot. One, two, three. All right, so what I want you to do is I want you to actually dribble, and, kind of like you're, you're messing around with the ball. Whether you're throwing it from one hand to the other, even not dribbling it, so just scoot, yeah, do that. Look at the ball. I'm gonna keep shooting. Let me, zoom in where I want here. Get the frame I want. There we go. Looking towards camera a little bit. Looking down towards what you're doing. Yeah. So this is that kind of paparazzi on camera flash. So look towards camera. Little attitude. Yep. Looking of to the side. You can turn a little bit. You can dribble. You can spin the, whatever you wanna do. I don't care. I'm just gonna keep shooting. I'm actually gonna go wider. That's why I like using this lens. So kind of get down in a more aggressive stance, almost like we're playing one on one here. Take some really wide dribbles. Okay. That's good for that. 'Cause I'm feeling like, that's pretty, you guys got the idea and I'm getting hot. So, this is kind of a look, there's a photographer named Peggy Sirota out of L.A. She shoots a lot of stuff for GQ. Uses a lot of wide angle lens with this type of light. It has that feel. She shot Kobe Bryant in a similar situation to this. But that's kind of how you achieve that look. I think we're good with you man. You did great. We got some great pictures. So we'll get those to you. But I want everybody to say thanks to Brock here for being a good sport and, (audience clapping) and I think we got some pretty cool stuff. So I'm gonna move this light out of the way. And again with this type of look if you wanted to fill in some of those shadows on the ground, window, you could use this umbrella and fill in more too.

Ratings and Reviews

Julie V

I had the chance to sit in the audience for this class and absolutely loved it. Watching Dan create amazing images from start to finish in front of us was so inspiring. I've learned so much from this class. It actually gave me the confidence to start playing with lights in my studio. It was really useful to see how he sets his lights and how he can easily mix ambient light with artificial. I also love how he focuses on getting the image right in the camera to only do light edits after. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn more about lighting, shooting tethered and editing efficiently!

a Creativelive Student

I love this guy! I so appreciate his honesty while he is explaining his thought process, admitting that his “shoulda/coulda/woulda’s” - which I experience ALL the time. I am now going to dust off my light meter and start using it on location as I’m convinced that it works now that I’ve seen Dan’s class. I enjoyed the detailed way he sets up each light individually, checking to make sure it adds the amount and quality of light he wants. Definitely recommend this class - especially for those people who have experience using studio lights and want to see how they can be used to get specific results. Dan’s clear, simple explanations, his unabashed humility, and his sense of humor made this a truly enjoyable way to spend my time learning his methods.

a Creativelive Student

Dan is an excellent instructor! He's completely transparent with his thought processes, from technical to creative. He doesn't waste time horsing around or getting off topic, but is structured and sticks to his outline. Every minute watched is on topic, and is understandable. He's sincere and likable. The course is great for anyone interested in this genre!

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