Three Ways to Light Up Sports Action, with Dave Black

Join veteran sports photographer Dave Black as he takes you through three different action sports scenarios using a different lighting setup in each location.

Take your sports action photography to the next level with lighting! When you control the lighting you will set your work far apart from the rest of the pack. Join veteran sports photographer Dave Black as he takes you through three different action sports scenarios using a different lighting setup in each location. From speedlights to the Elinchrom Quadra and Ranger systems, you’ll learn about all of the gear Dave uses, the camera settings needed to freeze fast action, how to use zone focusing to get tack sharp results, how to work with your subjects to keep everyone safe during the shoot, and so much more!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 10:43)

Join Dave as he goes over the concepts covered in this class before jumping into the setup for the first shoot on the tennis courts with speedlights.

Lesson 2: How Your Shutter Works (Duration 04:32)

It is helpful to understand what your camera's shutter is doing when using high-speed sync.

Lesson 3: Tennis Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 12:54)

Dave goes over the basics of setting up the lighting for tennis action portraits.

Lesson 4: Tennis Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 13:54)

Time for a change of clothing, setting, and lens to create a whole new look.

Lesson 5: Soccer Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 06:45)

Dave sets up for a soccer shoot with a change in lighting equipment, and goes over all the gear he uses with the Quadra system.

Lesson 6: Soccer Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 09:57)

With the lighting gear set up, Dave goes over camera settings, camera position, and begins working with the soccer players.

Lesson 7: Soccer Shoot: Part 3 (Duration 11:09)

With everyone warmed up Dave goes on to capture a variety of soccer action shots.

Lesson 8: Soccer Shoot: Part 4 (Duration 07:29)

A new athlete brings a new opportunity for more dynamic action shots.

Lesson 9: Superbike Racing Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 11:09)

Dave takes the lighting power up a few notches for this final shoot location by using the Ranger system. Join Dave as he goes over the new gear and the approach for lighting this type of shoot.

Lesson 10: Superbike Racing Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 08:50)

Weather conditions are not ideal, but Dave shows how to get up close and personal with the racers as they come out of a turn. This first pass is to help everyone get warmed up and comfortable with the process.

Lesson 11: Superbike Racing Shoot: Part 3 (Duration 06:25)

As the team gets more comfortable with the process they are able to build up to capturing multiple riders in a single shot.

Lesson 12: Superbike Racing Shoot: Part 4 (Duration 07:20)

A change up to the 400mm lens comes with a new framing position and a different concept.

Lesson 13: High-Speed Sync and HyperSync Review (Duration 08:38)

Earlier in the class Dave spoke about how the camera's shutter behaves during high-speed sync and HyperSync. Back in the studio he reviews the concepts with the aid of animation.

Lesson 14: Image Review and Critique (Duration 22:18)

Dave returns to the studio to review his images and critique what worked and what didn't during the three different shoots.

Meet Your Instructor: Dave Black

As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave's work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV…

7 Comments

  1. I want to start out by thanking KelbyOne for getting Dave to do this course. I had actually written to them requesting that they post a video on motorcycle photography out on the track. This was a very informative course that I am sure I will be watching again because as Dave said there is a ton of information to digest. I also want to thank Dave for doing this course it was very well put together and very informative. If you are into lighting you are going to want to check out this course, Dave covers three different sports with three different lighting systems. These lighting systems are surely out of my price range but as I grow as a photographer I will build up to the gear. Thanks Again!!

  2. What a fantastic course! Dave you are a great teacher and you're so enthusiastic. I loved those shots you took out on the race track. You could tell the adrenaline was pumping when you were down low and those bikes flew past. Thanks very much.

  3. Let me begin by saying that I think Dave Black’s tutorials are fantastic! His sports photography (and light painting) is awesome. But, having worked in the motorcycle industry and race track safety for over 30 years, I must say that he and his crew were in serious danger photographing the bikes at such close range. On wet pavement, no less!! This method of shooting should not be recommended to any photographers. I remember a few years back when a photographer and rider were both killed while photographing in a situation not unlike this.

  4. I'm still a little confused about the set up. I'd love to shoot some of these ideas, but I'm not sure where to get started. I own 3 Yongnuo 560-II's, but I've learned they do not support HSS... So I'm not sure if I need to buy a different model of Yongnuo or speed more $$$ and buy Canon's. If I buy Canons, which model of flash do I get, how many are needed in an array and what transceivers are required, (I like the Pocket Wizards), do I need a transceiver per flash for the HSS?

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