Action Sports Flash Photography By Dave Black

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He wowed the crowd at Photoshop World Orlando ’11 with his incredible skills and passion for photography. Now, Dave Black is bringing that passion and skill to with his debut class! In Action Sports Flash Photography, Dave uses his Nikon Speedlights and DSLR to create the kind of stylized sports portraits that you normally see in feature articles, programs and magazine covers – and he shows you how to do it too. In this class, you’ll learn how to capture action sports, in varying degrees of action from track and field to motocross, with high-speed sync and fast action shutter speeds. You’ll also learn what equipment and settings work best for each progressive action sports situation; but most of all, you’ll learn that while you may not have the exact same kind of equipment Dave does, it won’t matter half as much as you think as long as you share his exuberance and desire to take an amazing picture.

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Meet Dave Black and his first subject, an Olympic track runner.
Dave gives you a rundown on the equipment he will be using throughout his class and in which situation he plans to use them. Do you need the exact same equipment to get a similar shot? According to Dave, you don't. But if you don't use Nikon Speedlights
Back at the track, Dave consults with his athlete before explaining his set up and technique for a commercial action shot taken of a runner out of the starting blocks.
Even though he was pleased with his first set up, Dave's advice to shoot not only for the assignment but also for the subject, prompts him to make some small changes to his light positions and his own angle for a more dramatic effect.
Next, Dave visits a Baseball diamond and sets up to shoot a pitcher with high-speed synch by starting with some portrait shots to test his short depth-of-field.
Dave studies the pitcher's actions as he sets up his Speedlights and captures the action.
Dave changes the white balance and adds warming gels for a more dramatic look.
Dave studies the track to find the best place to set up, then really gets in there for some impressive shots.
As the ambient light fades, Dave catches some impressive action before his final review. Thanks for watching Action Sports Flash Photography with Dave Black.
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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 show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regar...

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  1. Profile photo of photoramsey1 photoramsey1

    Hello every body thank you David for all this stuff amazing pictures, just ouah

  2. Profile photo of Sean Hampsey Sean Hampsey

    Do you have anything on Soccer, more specifically bicycle kicks?

  3. Profile photo of jfredt jfredt

    Fantastic amount of very helpful information, repeated often enough that the viewer should be able to grasp the content. Enthusiasm overflows, as does his sense of humor enriching the total experience. His lessons are worth the price of admission. More please, when time permits. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of jillianlee jillianlee

    I’m loving Dave Black!!!

  5. Profile photo of danabrig danabrig

    Love all the classes. I’m still looking for classes on getting better “real-time” photographs. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Gerardo Palermo Gerardo Palermo

    Great course and Dave is a FANTASTIC instructor. I just have an acquaintance starting a sports clothing line and she said to me “You are good with a camera, right? I need someone to take sports action photos” I knew this class was EXACTLY what I needed to watch. It has helped me big time and I have gotten tons of ideas from it. Now I know how to prepare for the “big day” Thanks Dave and Kelby Training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of crash8130 crash8130

    Love this course. I’ve watched it twice and want to watch it a third. Scott, more Dave please! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Paul Vreeland Paul Vreeland

    This is one of the best Kelbytraining videos. Why? Because Dave’s passion and excitement for getting the shot comes through. He’s loving what he’s doing, and when you add that to technical know-how and a bit of genius, you’ve got a great teacher. I love all of the Dave Black videos, but this one “takes the cake.” —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Stego Stego

    Just fantastic! I love the way Dave teaches and takes photos —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Fantastic. I’ll be watching this again. Dave Black is a superb photographer and teacher. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of nicolebranan nicolebranan

    Wow, what an awesome class!! Dave Black’s energy and enthusiasm are absolutely infectious. I am a still life photographer and only watched these videos out of curiosity but now I wanna go out and take pictures of athletes in action! Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge and passion with us! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of ilan69 ilan69

    Thanks A lot 4 wonderful course.
    A Big Like !!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of kaliafeh kaliafeh

    Great Course —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of RedEyes RedEyes

    a really inspiring course, makes you want to get out and do each of the genres shown here. Great shots from all but the motor cross ones were a bit special. Thank you Mr Black —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of carl champagne carl champagne

    Very informative. I like Dave’s teaching style! Great course!

  16. Profile photo of Pierre Lavigne Pierre Lavigne

    The most enjoyable tutorial ever! Dynamic and really enjoyable! Awesome!
    Thank you very much.

  17. Profile photo of Pierre Lavigne Pierre Lavigne

    Very very great to take time to show us and explain to us all the equipments needed. Every course should do this.
    Very appreciated
    Thank you

  18. Profile photo of Jrbright Jrbright

    All I can say is WOW. The motocross photos were awesome. Can’t believe how close he was getting to the action.

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