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Digital Sports Photography

with Dustin Snipes

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  •   07 Mid-Air Basketball Action Poses

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About The Class

Capture amazing athletic images like a Red Bull photographer

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. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    One Light Outdoor Portrait

    17:01
  2. 02

    Focus Umbrella Outdoor Portrait

    09:49
  3. 03

    Outdoor Athlete Hero Image

    10:17
  4. 04

    Cross Light Outdoor Portrait

    04:37
  5. 05

    Edge Light Outdoor Action Image

    10:21
  6. 06

    Clamshell Light Outdoor Portrait

    17:50
  7. 07

    Mid-Air Basketball Action Poses

    13:24
  8. 08

    Refine Mid-Air Basketball Action Image

    06:44
  9. 09

    Dynamic Mid-Air Basketball Image

    16:02
  10. 10

    Natural Light Indoor Portrait

    12:18
  11. 11

    Action Image With Shadows

    18:30
  12. 12

    Stroboscopic Action Image

    21:11
  13. 13

    Backlit Indoor Portrait

    07:39
  14. 14

    Environmental Portrait

    06:11
  15. 15

    Incorporate Architecture Into a Portrait

    09:30
  16. 16

    Mixed Light Athletic Portrait

    10:12
  17. 17

    Cyclist Action Image

    17:45
  18. 18

    Adding Motion to

    09:47
  19. 19

    Environmental Light for Runner Action Image

    17:19
  20. 20

    Add Haze to Runner Action Image

    11:11
  21. 21

    Create Your Own Environment

    14:50
  22. 22

    Swim Outdoor Portrait Poses

    05:18
  23. 23

    Action Images in Water

    11:40
  24. 24

    Freeze Motion in Water

    06:45
  25. 25

    Selection Process: Basketball

    23:49
  26. 26

    Camera Raw Post Production: Basketball

    11:47
  27. 27

    Finalize Images in Photoshop CC: Basketball

    13:15
  28. 28

    Selection Process: Fencing

    13:17
  29. 29

    Capture One Post Production: Fencing

    07:05
  30. 30

    Finalize Images in Photoshop CC: Fencing

    15:13
  31. 31

    Selection Process: Triathlete

    13:43
  32. 32

    Camera Raw Post Production: Triathlete

    07:47
  33. 33

    Finalize Images in Photoshop CC: Triathlete

    27:42

Meet Your Expert

Dustin Snipes

Dustin Snipes is a Los Angeles, California-based portrait and sports photographer.

He works frequently with major national and international publications and brands including Red Bull, Nike, Coca-Cola, Wilson Tennis, Marriott, Spyder, Reebok, KFC, ESPN The Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Men's Fitness, Shape, Sports Illustrated and Time.

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • awynterphotos

    awynterphotos

    January 2019

    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.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2019

    Less talk and all action.. This is the best no mumbo jumbo talks and straight to practical work..

  • Alexandra Schaede

    Alexandra Schaede

    November 2018

    I really enjoyed the multiple exposure video, the pity is that they are no videos to talk about the post processing of this image.

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