Essential Gear for Sports Photography By Bill Frakes

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Sports Illustrated staff photographer of over twenty years, Bill Frakes opens up his gear bag in this exclusive class. Bill discloses his best performing cameras, lenses, accessories and lighting equipment, while he reveals the best set-ups for specific situations. Always be prepared, save money and achieve jaw-dropping precision sports photography with this very special inside track!

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Bill reviews his cameras of choice, the performance of each, and the features and benefits to look for in any make or model.
Bill gets into greater detail with a review of over twenty different lenses, offering his favorites for various shots. He discusses the best value lenses, pound-for-pound, for fast action, field of view, focal length and more.
Dig into Bill's daily accesory case and see why he's prepared for any situation. View it all from shock absorbers, clamps and modified cables to jumpers, ballheads, and gloves.
When it comes to small camera flash, precision is your friend. Catch peak action and motion with Bill's essential list of small strobes, smart cords, diffusers, meters, transmitters, gel kits and more.
Bill discusses multiple remote camera set-ups ideally used for indoor sports, track and field, horse racing and swimming. He reviews, step by step, the equipment used for up to sixty remote cameras.
Bill wraps up this course with a core list of equipment to use for each major action sports situation depending on the shot, angle, and light levels citing examples of his work along the way.
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Bill Frakes


Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida who has worked in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, Manfrotto, CocaCola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Canon, Kodak, and Reebok. He directs ...

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  1. Profile photo of WessexWill WessexWill

    top class, thanks Bill.

  2. Profile photo of Mary Ann Land Mary Ann Land

    Great information to know. Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of kfmdesigns kfmdesigns

    One of the best classes I have watched on here. Thank you Mr Frakes, it is refreshing to watch someone that walks the talk. I am a wedding and portrait photographer in Northern Arizona and i just started shooting sports.

    Although I will not dump my Canon gear, I appreciate the raw broad base knowledge that you out there in this course.

    Job well done. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Jock Goodman Jock Goodman

    Thourughly enjoyed the class. I did catch the snafu at the begining saying “the D3s is the best low ISO camera” when i know he meant low light (or high ISO) I have one, and it is the best investment I’ve made. Of course most of us can only dream of having 6, 70-200s or 5 D3s’s, but then we aren’t “on the line” like Bill is. Kelby training rocks.Jock —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    That was sensational. I think it is one of the best and most information rich course on Kelby Training. More from Bill please. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Jonathan Brandon Jonathan Brandon

    Bill is great! Now that he’s introduced us to the gear, let’s go on assignment. I’d love to see how he picks his remote camera locations. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of akbs1969 akbs1969

    One of the most valuable classes for me yet! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of good0dog good0dog

    Excellent Walk thru of Bill’s gear. The breakdown of which lens and the strategy behind the selection for each sport was most insightful.

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