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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

  2. 02

    What Makes A Great Action Photo

  3. 03

    Conceptualize the Shoot

  4. 04

    Research Location / Wardrobe / Props for Action Shoot

  5. 05

    Safety Tips for Action Photographers

  6. 06

    What Gear Do I Need? Packing and Prep

  7. 07

    Workflow and Asset Management

  8. 08

    Ingesting and Organizing Files

  9. 09

    Editing Down Your Selects

  10. 10

    Post Processing Overview

  11. 11

    Working with Clients to Select Finals

  12. 12

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 1

  13. 13

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 2

  14. 14

    Retouching & Post Processing: Image 3

  15. 15

    Final Client Delivery

  16. 16

    Introduction to Snow Athletes

  17. 17

    Setting up the Shot: Using Natural Light

  18. 18

    Getting that First Action Shot: Snow Park

  19. 19

    Scouting Location for Action Shot: Snow Park

  20. 20

    Capturing Variation of Snow Park Action Shot

  21. 21

    Refining the Snow Park Action Shot

  22. 22

    Action Shot with Strobes Overview

  23. 23

    Shoot: Action Shot with Strobes

  24. 24

    How to Light Using Strobes

  25. 25

    Action Shoot: Snow Park with Strobes

  26. 26

    Refining the Snow Park Action Shoot: Using Strobes

  27. 27

    Capturing Variation with Snow Park Athletes

  28. 28

    Capturing Portraits: Snowboarder

  29. 29

    Capturing Portrait: Skier

  30. 30

    Shoot: Feature Jump Action Shot Afternoon Natural Light

  31. 31

    Introduction to Today's Shoot

  32. 32

    Building a Rapport with the Athlete: BMX Rider

  33. 33

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

  34. 34

    Getting the First Action Shot: BMX

  35. 35

    Conceptualizing the Action Shot: BMX

  36. 36

    Prepping Gear & Refining the Action Shot: BMX

  37. 37

    Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Natural Light

  38. 38

    Setting up Remote Cameras

  39. 39

    Capturing BMX Action Shots: Remote Cameras

  40. 40

    Conceptualizing the Shot: Using Strobes in Indoor BMX Park

  41. 41

    Lighting with Strobes: Indoor BMX Park

  42. 42

    Action Shoot: BMX Athlete with Strobes

  43. 43

    Capturing Variations of BMX Athlete

  44. 44

    Shoot High Angle Action Shot: BMX Rider

  45. 45

    Directing an Athlete Portrait: Indoors

  46. 46

    Lighting a Portrait: Indoor BMX Athlete

  47. 47

    Portrait Demo: Indoors BMX Athlete

  48. 48

    Portrait Demo: Adding Atmosphere

  49. 49

    Transmitting Live from the Field

  50. 50

    Panel Q&A


Meet Your Expert

Corey Rich

Corey Rich has built a life and career around his passions for travel, adventure, and telling stories with his camera. With a background in rock climbing and photojournalism, Corey’s work spans a range of genres, from iconic still imagery for leading editorial publications, to television spots and films, to directing high-production-value commercial projects for Fortune 100 companies.  ... 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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