What Makes a Great Sports Photo By Peter Read Miller

2 hr 25 min
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Shooting sports is messy. We all struggle with the same issues and ask the same questions. Where are the best shooting positions? What lens should I be using? How do I know which photos are any good? Join legendary sports photographer Peter Read Miller and Scott Kelby to find the answers to all these questions and more! Peter and Scott go through the particulars of shooting many different types of sports, ranging from football to basketball and swimming to volleyball, as they discuss and dissect what makes a great sports photo in each specific environment. You’ll learn the key elements that separate the winners from the losers based on Peter Read Miller’s 30 years of experience covering sports all over the world.

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Join Peter and Scott to get the class started with an overview of what will be covered in the class followed by a look into some of Peter's own photographs.
You want to capture peak action. Peter shares techniques for making athletes look like they are jumping even higher than they really are, how he exposes for different conditions, and more.
Peter and Scott continue to discuss and examine various football photos to see what works in each one.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing your shooting position for a football game.
Not every shot is a winner. Peter and Scott critique some football photos to see what can be done better. They wrap this lesson with a discussion of how what applies to football applies to other team sports.
Peter and Scott switch to discussing what makes a great baseball photo.
Peter diagrams the classic positions for shooting baseball before critiquing some of Scott's baseball photos.
Shooting indoors brings new challenges and new opportunities. Basketball has a few types of classic shots.
Peter critiques some of Scott's basketball photos to see what could have been done better.
Just because you are close to the pool doesn't mean you won't want to use a long lens to get in close and capture those expressions. With gymnastics one of the biggest challenges is finding a nice background.
They start this lesson with a critique of Scott's gymnastic photos before transitioning into track and field.
Volleyball can be indoors or out. There are a number of angles you want to try and position yourself to capture.
A blind photo critique of photos submitted by the photographers in the Sports Shooters community on Google+.
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Peter Read Miller


Peter Read Miller has been photographing athletes, events and sports for more than 30 years. He is currently a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, where he has worked for more than 20 years. His images have appeared on over 100 Sports Illustrated covers. Peter's advertising work includes photography for Canon's Rebel XTsi campaign...

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  1. Profile photo of framebuyframe framebuyframe

    This is one of my favorite trainings of all time as you covered the position to shoot from, which lens you were shooting with generally, and what makes for a bad photo which can be even more useful so I know what to avoid and must include. I would really like to see a section on racing as that is my primary sport with and without visible faces (dirt bikes vs IndyCar for example.

  2. Profile photo of azsports azsports

    Great course and I learned a lot but would like to see more settings mentioned during the photo introductions. Although the lenses were mentioned the aperture’s were not, can I assume that most lenses were 2.8 or would an f/4 be regularly used by a professional like Peter?

  3. Profile photo of trek6500mt trek6500mt

    What’s up with your date system?. I didn’t submit a year ago. 1/15/2015

  4. Profile photo of trek6500mt trek6500mt

    For the amount or money paid for the few courses I desired I feel slighted. There were a few pointers but no actual settings or reasonings as to why to shoot a certain way. In that sense it was useless. I wonder if this second comment will be deleted like the first??

  5. Profile photo of Kyrunn Kyrunn

    Loved this course! Peter is such a awesome guy, clear messages and inspirational pictures. I’m totally pumped to try his tips.
    Oh, and please make this happen: “A football game with Peter Read Miller”. Now that would be the top class!
    Cheers! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of dkoppelman dkoppelman

    I would have liked to have had some coverage on the sport of bull riding. The “play” is very unpredictable and the photographer has only up to 8 seconds to get “the shot”. Outside of that, the photos are truly the work of a great photographer and the course was outstanding in terms of learning about what makes a great sports photo. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Profile photo of alanjsmith93 alanjsmith93

    Yet another informative course helping us set up the shot and thinking things through before pressing the shutter release, great job! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of kfmdesigns kfmdesigns

    Awesome course, learned a lot! I am a Senior photographer and I shoot a lot of sports on the side. I appreciate this course, after I watched the volleyball session I called and schedule a shoot for one of the local schools. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of 1144441 1144441

    I have watched the run thru of Peter’s photos and it almost brings tears to my eyes to see such superior work!!!! Many of us, well MOST of us, will have to wait until our next life to come close to such perfection. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of johnnypanic johnnypanic

    Excellent course. Informative and entertaining. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Rob Turner Rob Turner

    One of the best sports photography training sessions I’ve seen! Scott and Peter bring their ‘A’ game for sure. There is so much information packed into this video that your finger is going to be sore from hitting replay. Get your notepads ready and hit “play” on this video! Thank you Peter and Scott for the excellent insights into sports photography. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of John John

    Really enjoying this course. While I really appreciated the drama within the American Football images and I can see how much of the advice applies to many other sports, it would have been good to actually state this. For example, American Football similar to both codes of rugby (what I enjoy shooting), baseball to cricket etc. Given that football (soccer) is the biggest sport on the planet, it really needed a section to itself. Keep up the good work and thanks to all.

  13. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent. Even though I am not likely to shoot many sports I got a lot out of this in terms of composition, timing, placement and planning. And Scott’s shots were just as valuable because learning what not to do added an extra dimension. Thanks Scott for being such a good sport. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of mmaybell mmaybell

    This was one of my favorite courses on kelbytraining.com. I learned a lot from a true master. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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