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Advanced Lighting for Adventure Photography

with Michael Clark

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About The Class

Capture the Action with Red Bull Photography

How do you freeze action, create motion blur and showcase the strength and style of athletes? When you introduce artificial light into your adventure photography, the opportunities are endless! It’s easier than it looks, and once you master the technical aspects, lighting on location can unlock tremendous opportunity for capturing portraits and action.

Red Bull Photographer, Michael Clark, joins CreativeLive to break down the barriers that are keeping you from letting your photography stand out. In this course, he’ll cover the basics of gear, incorporating flash, finding unique perspective and so much more.

Through demonstrations in the field, Michael will work with incredible athletes in a variety of lighting scenarios to show how to capture the heart of a sport and the spirit of an athlete. If you’re looking to make your mark in the world of action or sports photography, this course is a necessity in making your work compete with the best in the industry.

Michael will cover everything:

  • Location Scouting for your camera and your lights
  • Packing and gear tips for various locations
  • Scouting the best point of view to capture action
  • Safety and considerations for working with athletes
  • Strobes vs. Speedlights
  • When to use High Speed Sync, Hi-Sync (HS) or Leaf Shutters with your flash
  • Getting into the business of adventure photography
  • Creating tension in your photos

Michael will be working with professional athletes like trail runner Dylan Bowman, cyclist Tim Johnson, and incredible rock climbers to give you a rare and one-of-a-kind look into the world of adventure photography.

Submit your work to the Student Gallery for a chance at feedback from two of the best adventure photographers in the world, Michael Clark, and Chase Jarvis. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:25
  2. 02

    Evolution with Lighting

    04:44
  3. 03

    Why Use Artificial Lighting?

    06:43
  4. 04

    Pre-Production and Pre-Visualizing

    07:16
  5. 05

    Equipment: Overview of the Gear

    25:28
  6. 06

    Equipment: Selecting the Right Gear

    24:05
  7. 07

    Strobes vs. Speedlights

    08:01
  8. 08

    Lighting 101: Flash Sync Speeds

    14:35
  9. 09

    Lighting 101: Flash Basics

    24:46
  10. 10

    High-Speed Sync (HSS) vs. Hi-Sync (HS) vs. HyperSync vs. Leaf Shutter

    14:50
  11. 11

    Gear Requirements for Hi-Sync (HS)

    12:29
  12. 12

    Flash Exposure

    21:39
  13. 13

    Pre-production and Location Scouting for Rock Climbing

    06:02
  14. 14

    Gear on Location: Rock Climbing

    07:04
  15. 15

    Rock Climbing Photography 101

    11:37
  16. 16

    Rock Climber: Environmental Portrait

    24:22
  17. 17

    Finding the Shot

    13:48
  18. 18

    Capturing the Action: Rock Climbing

    07:09
  19. 19

    Shooting at High Angle: Rock Climber

    21:15
  20. 20

    Digital Workflow: Overview

    16:09
  21. 21

    Editing and Post-Processing of Rock Climbing images

    30:17
  22. 22

    Cyclocross Photography 101

    11:32
  23. 23

    Location Scouting for Cyclocross

    05:36
  24. 24

    Gear on Location: Cyclocross

    11:42
  25. 25

    Intro to the Cyclocross Rider

    16:29
  26. 26

    Capturing Action: Motion Blur

    43:13
  27. 27

    Communication with Athletes

    18:55
  28. 28

    Variations of the Shot

    23:21
  29. 29

    Cyclocross & Trail Runner Portraits

    40:40
  30. 30

    Location Scouting & Planning the Shot

    09:20
  31. 31

    Capturing the Action: Lighting Set Up for Trail Running

    37:01
  32. 32

    Editing and Post-Processing of Cyclocross Images

    21:34
  33. 33

    Editing and Post-Processing of Trail Running Images

    07:52
  34. 34

    The Business of Adventure Photography

    17:42
  35. 35

    Image Critique with Chase Jarvis

    48:41

Meet Your Expert

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, big-wave surfers and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world.  ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Reference Guide
  • pdf Chapter 2: ABCs of Lighting by Michael Clark
  • pdf Advanced Lighting Keynote PDF - Day 1
  • pdf Advanced Lighting Keynote PDF - Day 2

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • norah levine

    July 2017

    This is a course that I could watch repeatedly and be able to learn something new each time. Michael is a truly an expert in his field and is so generous with his knowledge. This course really breaks down the process of adventure photography, but it's more than that. I don't think you need to even be an adventure sports photographer to get tons out of this course. Michael is really good at breaking down some very complicated technology. Thank you!

  • Creativelive Student

    July 2017

    Great course that combines the technical aspects of shooting with light in different situations, with the art of making a great image of athletes. Michael is a great teacher and I'm sure his lessons will continue to help guide over and over again!

  • Jeph DeLorme

    Jeph DeLorme

    July 2017

    Great class with dozens of tips, ideas and lighting strategies for tough outdoor lighting challenges. Advanced class taught in a way that allows even a beginner to get a handle on lighting tough situations. The location videos provide real life examples that make this class a definite must have for my Creative Live collection. Thank you Michael Clark and Creative Live! Jeph DeLorme

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