Photographing Adventure Sports, Part 2 By Tom Bol

1 hr 22 min

Tom Bol returns to the beautiful deserts of Moab, Utah for more outdoor adventure photography. In this course, Tom goes through a variety of set ups to capture the physicality and beauty of rock climbers and trail runners. Throughout the lessons, Tom talks about his goals of combining technical quality with the creative and artistic. He talks about image composition, utilizing sun and shadow, and adapting light to changing conditions. All of his subjects are shot amidst of the deep, rich colors of the southwest. The final shot of the course is a long exposure made at night.

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Tom introduces his first subject and talks about the kind of photos he will be shooting
Shooting rock climbing images and capturing a star burst effect
Early morning shoot of a popular outdoor activity
One of the more dynamic shots of rock climbers is capturing them from below an overhang
Making the most of the warm, morning light
The lens will allow Tom to focus on specifics of the hands and hand hold of the climber
Getting creative with a lifestyle photo of the outdoors
Battling the wind to capture a rock climber portrait
Gray skies have created the need for the use of some Quadra lights
Capturing motion in front of a beautiful background
Night shot of a camping scene - shot at twilight
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Tom Bol


Creative. Outgoing. Detailed. Funny. This is how clients describe Tom and his crew. His career began with a journalism degree and wanderlust. It continues with portraits, edgy light and restless creative energy. He often logs over 20,000 road trip miles a year creating images. Not to mention airplanes. He loves espresso, grunge bands and ...

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  1. Profile photo of danabrig danabrig

    Well, this is great if you have an opportunity to rehearse, test and reshoot the subject. I’m really struggling on how to get better at taken action shots in a variety of lighting scenarios where you may only get 1 attempt at it before the subject (animals) move or where the light is not always optimal —- Yes, please post my feedback

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