Advanced Lighting for Adventure Photography
with Michael Clark
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04 Pre-Production and Pre-Visualizing07:16
Class duration: 10h 19mSee all 35 lessons
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.
Evolution with Lighting04:44
Why Use Artificial Lighting?06:43
Pre-Production and Pre-Visualizing07:16
Equipment: Overview of the Gear25:28
Equipment: Selecting the Right Gear24:05
Strobes vs. Speedlights08:01
Lighting 101: Flash Sync Speeds14:35
Lighting 101: Flash Basics24:46
High-Speed Sync (HSS) vs. Hi-Sync (HS) vs. HyperSync vs. Leaf Shutter14:50
Gear Requirements for Hi-Sync (HS)12:29
Pre-production and Location Scouting for Rock Climbing06:02
Gear on Location: Rock Climbing07:04
Rock Climbing Photography 10111:37
Rock Climber: Environmental Portrait24:22
Finding the Shot13:48
Capturing the Action: Rock Climbing07:09
Shooting at High Angle: Rock Climber21:15
Digital Workflow: Overview16:09
Editing and Post-Processing of Rock Climbing images30:17
Cyclocross Photography 10111:32
Location Scouting for Cyclocross05:36
Gear on Location: Cyclocross11:42
Intro to the Cyclocross Rider16:29
Capturing Action: Motion Blur43:13
Communication with Athletes18:55
Variations of the Shot23:21
Cyclocross & Trail Runner Portraits40:40
Location Scouting & Planning the Shot09:20
Capturing the Action: Lighting Set Up for Trail Running37:01
Editing and Post-Processing of Cyclocross Images21:34
Editing and Post-Processing of Trail Running Images07:52
The Business of Adventure Photography17:42
Image Critique with Chase Jarvis48:41
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 moreSee instructor's Classes
Chapter 2: ABCs of Lighting by Michael Clark
Advanced Lighting Keynote PDF - Day 1
Advanced Lighting Keynote PDF - Day 2
100% of students recommend this class.
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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!
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!
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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