The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Dave Black By Dave Black and Mia McCormick

1 hr 16 min

Join Mia McCormick for an inspirational conversation with Dave Black, a world renowned sports photographer with over 30 years of experience. Over the course of an hour Dave and Mia discuss topics that range from getting started in photography to overcoming challenges, from the importance of thinking differently to how to develop your own unique style, and so much more!

Video transcripts available with a subscription.

Sometimes the act of the right person taking a special interest in you can change the trajectory of your life.
With a background as an athlete, Dave believes in practice, practice, practice, to hone your abilities, build your confidence, and give yourself that edge over the competition just like a professional athlete would do.
When all the practice, preparation, and experience comes together it opens you up to take advantage of unique opportunities that may arise.
As a freelancer you have the ability to be your own boss and develop your own style based on your own creative vision.
Technology has increased the volume of competition, so your challenge is to find ways to create unique and different images that no one else has, so that you can distinguish yourself from the pack.
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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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Mia McCormick works as a resident video technology expert for KelbyOne and B&H Photo. She's a KelbyOne Instructor with courses ranging from basic camera operation to capturing outstanding video on your DSLR. Mia also conducts a series of business and inspirational interviews providing insights from some of the world's leading photog...

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  1. Profile photo of Randy124 Randy124

    As always, outstanding! Dave is first class in everything he does and this interview and his reflection of his career and his work is inspirational. I love photograph as a hobby. I have been told that when you start getting paid for it, it’s no longer a hobby, it’s a job. But, with Dave it’s still a hobby and love of it that continues . Great job Kelby as always —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Artaxerxes Artaxerxes

    It is very inspiring to listen to Dave speak of his experiences, challenges and successes. I have seen his light painting classes several times. One cannot help but see he is an artist who loves his work, whether it is sports, portraits or light painting. You have to love your work and love doing it. Not only that, he loves to share. Great workshop/interview with THE Dave Black. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Alex McInnis Alex McInnis

    What a captivating speaker and knowledgeable photographer! I’ve watched all of Dave’s training videos, and several many times over. Looking forward to his next training video! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Peter Blyth Peter Blyth

    Interesting, absorbing and enthralling conversation with a talented photographer with the gift of communication: Dave Black.
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent and inspirational. Dave Black rocks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of SvenlovesFlo SvenlovesFlo

    Dave Black is totally awesome! his is a gentleman that would be great to hang out with. I never heard of Dave before Kelby Training, but I was interested in light painting and watched all his classes on that subject, and then this interview with him is very inspirational. It actually lets me know that I am on the right track. When I go to a sporting event, I do cover the whole story. I love to shoot rugby so I will cover the action, the players, coaches, fans, and the families of the players watching their loved ones in action…you get the idea. And, I do position myself away from the other shooters. Thanks Dave, for helping me stay on the correct path. And watching this video, Dave kind of reminds me of the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz—what a wonderful brain he has! Thanks Dave, looking forward to more of you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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