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About The Class

Photograph the extreme like a Red Bull Photographer


Being an action sports photographer is about more than getting freeze frames of famous athletes. It’s about documenting the experience of people for whom the line between passion and work is blurred. At his or her best, the action photographer tells compelling stories that show us at our most daring, fearless, and adventurous.

Corey Rich is one of the world's leading outdoor adventure and action sports photographers, adept at distilling the essence of extreme action sports and adventure travel and lifestyle.  In addition to documenting extreme sports for Red Bull, Corey has worked for many of the biggest brands in the world.  This is your opportunity to follow Corey as he prepares for a shoot on location, and learn how he evokes powerful brand stories like those he has made for Red Bull. 


Join us for this live class, and you will learn:

  • How to work with a client, and shoot with their brand in mind
  • How to prepare yourself and your gear for a shoot in an extreme environment
  • How to take photos of extreme sports pros, and work with variable light conditions

This class will stream live from the location of the shoot in Lake Tahoe. Corey will be shooting Red Bull athletes as they perform at Ski Mountain Terrain Park and at a nearby BMX park. There will also be a live session from a Tahoe cabin to discuss photo theory and Corey’s experience of building his photo practice and working for Red Bull. 


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    14:35
  2. 02

    What Makes A Great Action Photo

    1:14:37
  3. 03

    Conceptualize the Shoot

    08:52
  4. 04

    Research Location / Wardrobe / Props for Action Shoot

    17:01
  5. 05

    Safety Tips for Action Photographers

    05:35
  6. 06

    What Gear Do I Need? Packing and Prep

    31:42
  7. 07

    Workflow and Asset Management

    31:45
  8. 08

    Ingesting and Organizing Files

    42:00
  9. 09

    Editing Down Your Selects

    15:34
  10. 10

    Post Processing Overview

    08:15
  11. 11

    Working with Clients to Select Finals

    21:36
  12. 12

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 1

    23:59
  13. 13

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 2

    07:06
  14. 14

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 3

    09:15
  15. 15

    Final Client Delivery

    07:41
  16. 16

    Introduction to Snow Athletes

    05:28
  17. 17

    Setting up the Shot: Using Natural Light

    12:36
  18. 18

    Getting that First Action Shot: Snow Park

    15:30
  19. 19

    Scouting Location for Action Shot: Snow Park

    16:45
  20. 20

    Capturing Variation of Snow Park Action Shot

    07:52
  21. 21

    Refining the Snow Park Action Shot

    13:16
  22. 22

    Action Shot with Strobes Overview

    02:51
  23. 23

    Shoot: Action Shot with Strobes

    06:50
  24. 24

    How to Light Using Strobes

    08:12
  25. 25

    Action Shoot: Snow Park with Strobes

    13:59
  26. 26

    Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes

    09:31
  27. 27

    Capturing Variation with Snow Park Athletes

    32:03
  28. 28

    Capturing Portraits: Snowboarder

    24:05
  29. 29

    Capturing Portrait: Skier

    38:36
  30. 30

    Shoot: Feature Jump Action Shot Afternoon Natural Light

    10:11
  31. 31

    Introduction to Today's Shoot

    04:09
  32. 32

    Building a Rapport with the Athlete: BMX Rider

    04:03
  33. 33

    Scouting Location for Action Shot: Indoor BMX Park & Natural Light

    06:50
  34. 34

    Getting the First Action Shot: BMX

    06:40
  35. 35

    Conceptualizing the Action Shot: BMX

    11:02
  36. 36

    Prepping Gear & Refining the Action Shot: BMX

    06:04
  37. 37

    Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light

    04:37
  38. 38

    Setting up Remote Cameras

    24:27
  39. 39

    Capturing BMX Action Shots: Remote Cameras

    16:53
  40. 40

    Conceptualizing the Shot: Using Strobes in Indoor BMX Park

    13:25
  41. 41

    Lighting with Strobes: Indoor BMX Park

    10:57
  42. 42

    Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Strobes

    19:38
  43. 43

    Capturing Variations of BMX Athlete

    09:20
  44. 44

    Shoot High Angle Action Shot: BMX Rider

    22:34
  45. 45

    Directing an Athlete Portrait: Indoors

    11:18
  46. 46

    Lighting a Portrait: Indoor BMX Athlete

    17:04
  47. 47

    Portrait Demo: Indoors BMX Athlete

    21:30
  48. 48

    Portrait Demo: Adding Atmosphere

    13:13
  49. 49

    Transmitting Live from the Field

    12:26
  50. 50

    Panel Q&A

    49:41

Meet Your Expert

Corey Rich

Corey Rich is a director and photographer based in South Lake Tahoe, California. His imaginative still and motion work over the last two decades proves that it’s not only possible to achieve Hollywood-grade results with a “small-footprint production” model, but that it often produces better, more authentic visual stories. Rich has worked in everything from photojournalism, to documentary film and television, to high-production commercial projects for major companies, to outdoor lifestyle and adventure still and motion storytelling in some of the wildest and most dangerous locations on the planet. Additionally, Rich is President and co-owner of Novus Select. In addition to being a Nikon Ambassador, Corey is a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team, and a professional partner with AquaTech, FreeFly, G-Technology, Kessler, Lite Panels, Lowepro, Manfrotto, and SmallHD. With a passion for teaching and learning, Rich is on the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the Summit Series Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. Some of Rich’s clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Columbia Sportswear, Discovery, Energizer, Ford, Mazda, NBC, New Mexico Tourism, Nevada Tourism, Nike, Nikon, The North Face and Patagonia.  ... read more

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  • Jose Miguel Torres Gomez

    Jose Miguel Torres Gomez

    December 2016

    I have been using creative live for some time. Very good courses about landscape photography, wedding and travel photography. I had huge expectations about this course due to redbull name was on there, but to be honest nothing useful on there. Basically it is see a very good photographer, with very good speech and a great gear working. I didnt finish to see it but I dont think it is going to change to something better.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2016

    If you're looking to learn from one of the greats of action photography who also happens to be an incredible instructor, look no further! Corey Rich and his fantastic team will show you every facet of being a great action photographer and they share all of their insights from A to Z. Their instruction is heartfelt and they laid it all out there for everyone's benefit. A huge thank you to Creative Live and Red Bull Photography for bringing this to the world. This is a must have class in your library!

  • Zoe Heimdal

    Zoe Heimdal

    October 2019

    I really enjoyed this class! I am not an "action sports photographer" -- just an avid photo enthusiast, and I found this class highly informative/interesting. Corey has a very down-to-earth quality in the way he presents information... a regular guy, who knows a ton, and is sharing his wisdom. Clearly many topics/tips were off-the-cuff as he ran into situations during his shoots -- it just felt very "real" -- like I was there with him, getting a private lesson. There was quite a bit of info dealing with camera cards/photos/apps that was ubiquitous to any photographer. And then it was interesting to hear about his travel bags and what he brings to shoots (a ridiculous amount of gear, but everything with a purpose). There are hours of on-site filming for an outdoor ski and an indoor bmx shot... with Cory trying/failing/succeeding in many attempts at things -- just like a real photo shoot would happen. His advice for capturing a good/workable shot from the get-go and then spending the time on the riskier/more-creative shots, was solid -- as far as keeping your clients happy no matter what. I was genuinely surprised at how interesting/useful I found this class (being that I rarely take action shots) -- and I'd encourage any photo enthusiast, or person in the earlier stages of any professional photography career, to check out this class. My one piece of constructive criticism for Cory/CreativeLive -- try to represent women? This class only had the briefest of inclusion of females, and left me with the impression (I'm hoping incorrectly), that the world of action sports photography, is a man's world.

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