The Business Side of Dave Black - Get Paid Shooting What You Love By Dave Black

1 hr 21 min

Dave’s love of sports combined with his love of photography and his ability to continually improve his game has fueled a career that spans three decades and sports coverage all around the world. Over the course of an hour Dave shares stories, advice, and practical tips on topics that range from how to embrace the transitions that will happen in your career to how to keep raising the bar on yourself to remain competitive, and from choosing your gear to challenging yourself to find ways to produce a different kind of picture.

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Dave shares his story of how he got started in photography and how he launched his own photography business.
Over the course of your career there will be many types of transitions you'll need to navigate. Dave discusses some of the transitions he's made over the last 30 years.
From embracing new technology to learning how to see and do things differently, you have to always be in the process of taking your work to the next level.
Dave discusses his relationships with various companies and then gets into the gear he uses for the different types of shoots he might get hired to do.
Beyond the sports photography Dave has a passion for light painting, where he uses long exposures and flashlights to literally paint with light.
Don't get pigeonholed into one thing. Keep trying new subjects, new techniques, and new ways of seeing. Then find someone else to critique your work.
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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 varlalik varlalik

    This is not the first interview I watch here on Kelby and I have to say that these photographers are amazingly generous by sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. BUT the sound is TERRIBLE (the slight echo booming the whole way through is unbearable) also the compression is so pushed and aggressive that we can hear it coming in and out like a storm. We all know the treatment is bad when we can notice it. Please give us the same amount of commitment and generosity and make sure the audio is impeccable. Thank you

  2. Profile photo of Char at CanDew dot Com Char at CanDew dot Com

    Thank you Dave & Larry! As expected from anything to do with NAPP/Kelby Training now known as KelbyOne, the quality is second to none! I’m just starting to do a lot of rodeo photography which is usually at night or occasionally in an indoor arena. I learned a lot from your interview Dave and am going to raise my bar as you suggested.

    And thanks to KelbyOne for merging! What a great help to the little gal like me. I’ve been a NAPP member almost from the start!

  3. Profile photo of Gary Gary

    Dave Black, another reason for my 2nd yearly subscription. Thanks, Dave! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Newbie_Dave Newbie_Dave

    I was fascinated by Dave Black’s life story from film to digital. Larry Becker was also great as the interviewer. He asked the right questions at the right time and kept quiet for the rest of the time to let Dave tell his unique tale. A great pairing! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of alanjsmith93 alanjsmith93

    Dave is excellent and provides so many “little” things/ideas to think about and work on, thank you Dave! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Carolyn Fahm Carolyn Fahm

    Wow! No wonder Scott Kelby calls Dave Black his mentor. Sports photography isn’t my thing but I now plan to watch all of Dave’s courses because if someone of that calibre is teaching us, we can only benefit by learning from a master. Superb interview, Larry! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Scott Chandler Scott Chandler

    Dave was informative as usual. Larry was excellent. Asked very good questions. I hope you use Larry more often for interviews and other spots.. I miss Larry not being on the TV show with RC Concepcion.


  8. Profile photo of Luke Luke

    Hey Dave are strobes still used in pro basketball games? Or is everything balanced with the lights already? I was always under the assumption that flashes were not allowed.

  9. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    You gotta love Dave Black. Superb photographer, fantastic teacher and great personality. Highly recommended. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of maugbiker maugbiker

    Thank you so much for this kind enjoyable time with Dave Black. He is OUTSTANDING not just as a photographer but also as a teacher, love his passion for teaching and photography. I have seen all his clases and really love his work. Hope to see more of him in the near future. And special credits for Larry Becker who did such a great job conducting this interview! Guys you really rock!!! Love being an active subscriber for 2 years now and love how you get better and better each day! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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