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Sports Photography: Making the Shot

with Al Bello

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  •   01 What Makes the Shot?


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About The Class

Capture the Action in Your Sports Images

It’s unpredictable and happens in a fleeting moment; the game winning point, the facial expression of success, the underdog coming from behind moment. Capturing athletes in their sport not only takes a quick shutter, but also the right prep and creativity to stand out. Al Bello is an award-winning photographer and the Chief Sports Photographer in North America for Getty Images. He has covered 11 Olympic games and has photographed numerous well-known athletes. 

In this course you’ll learn:

  • What to look for in order to get a successful and creative action shot 
  • How to prepare for a variety of sporting events 
  •  The behind the scenes in capturing unique and timeless images including an in depth look into underwater sports
Learn how to prep and capture sporting events and stand out in a field of photographers.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    What Makes the Shot?

  2. 02

    How to Break into Sports Photography

  3. 03

    Process and Prepping for an Event

  4. 04

    Olympics Coverage

  5. 05

    Pushing the Boundaries with Underwater Photography

  6. 06



Meet Your Expert

Al Bello

Al Bello graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. In March of 1990 Al worked as Darkroom Manager for The Ring boxing magazine. Al soon found his way by photographing boxing on a weekend basis while processing, and printing film during the week. In 1993 Al landed a position as a junior photographer at Allsport  which is now a part of Getty images. ... read more

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  • Britt Smith

    Britt Smith

    December 2016

    Sports Photography: Making the Shot is a very good class for showing what really goes into big league sports photography as well as a glimpse into the sacrifice and outside-the-box thinking needed to standout from the crowd. Al Bello's images are stunning and his years of experience and unique creative style are clear in each one. This is not necessarily a course where you are going to learn camera settings or recommended lens suggestions for certain sports, but what it lacks in that area, it certainly makes up for through inspiring images and Al Bello's humble presentation style.

  • Caroline Faure

    Caroline Faure

    September 2019

    Absolutely great photographer but not a great class for people wanting to learn HOW to shoot good sports photography. Basically it was a show and tell - we see his great photos but we don't learn about settings, etc. Not what I was hoping for with this class. Bummed.

  • Agnieszka Wanat

    Agnieszka Wanat

    December 2016

    Al Bello did a there good job with this course. He gives a lot of informations of the gear and setup on different locations. He makes you inspire to look for better shots than other does. This course helped me to work on location with other 20 photographers. And I can be proud to take a totally different shots then others of horses that we photographed in 3 days job in Poland. I really recommend it!

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