By Don McPeak, Wire Service Sports Photographer (Retired)
Sports & Action Photography For Beginners
Using sports as a platform, this course provides beginner and novice level photographers a foundation for shooting dynamic subjects in a variety of settings. The student will learn valuable insights into getting those professional level photos at sporting events, music venues, plays, presentations, re-enactments, and many others.
In order to shoot like a pro, you have to first think like a pro. Knowing what camera settings to use is an absolute necessity, but it is the equivalent of knowing how to use the features of your car. Knowing how to turn on the wipers will not make you a better driver. In a sense, this course assumes you know how to start your vehicle. It is my job to help you become a Formula One driver.
Many forms of photography rely on the photographer to manipulate the subject and environment in which he, or she, is shooting. This course helps you understand what to do when your subject and environment are totally out of your control. You will learn how to anticipate and compose great photos in the most difficult of shooting conditions.
Action photography (Sports, street, weddings, candid, event, and basic photojournalism) is not a spectator sport. If you have a desire to learn how you can take great photos of dynamic subjects in interesting venues, then this course is for you.
Course overview - 66
Part 1: Lesson 1: "The Flyover"
Part 1: Lesson 2: The Four Elements of Action Photography
Part 1: Lesson 3: Having A Plan and Knowing What You Want
Part 1: Lesson 4: Defining Your Goals
Part 1: Lesson 5: Creating Your (Before) Portfolio
Part 1: Lesson 6: Pro Versus Consumer Gear - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 7: Pro Versus Consumer Gear - Part 2
Part 1: Lesson 8: Pro Versus Consumer Gear - Part 3
Part 1: Lesson 9: Pro Versus Consumer Gear - Part 4
Part 1: Lesson 10: Pro Versus Consumer Gear - Part 5
Part 1: Lesson 11: Accessories (What To Keep In Your Bag) - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 12: Accessories (What To Keep In Your Bag) - Part 2
Part 1: Lesson 13: Managing Light (Light Is Our Friend) - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 14: Managing Light (The Three Q's) - Part 2
Part 1: Lesson 15: Managing Light (A Deeper Dive) - Part 3
Part 1: Lesson 16: A Summary Of The Three Q's
Part 1: Lesson 17: Image Quality (A Discussion About Aperture) - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 18: Image Quality (A Discussion About Aperture) - Part 2
Part 1: Lesson 19: Image Quality (A Discussion About Shutter Speed) - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 20: Image Quality (A Discussion About Shutter Speed) - Part 2
Part 1: Lesson 21: Image Quality (A Discussion About ISO) - Part 1
Part 1: Lesson 22: Image Quality (A Discussion About ISO) - Part 2
Part 2: Lesson 23: Access To Venues - Getting Started
Part 2: Lesson 24: Access To Venues - Start Locally
Part 2: Lesson 25: Access To Venues (Safety & Ground Rules)
Part 2: Lesson 26: Access To Venues (Getting A Press Credential)
Part 2: Lesson 27: Access To Venues (Get The Inside Scoop)
Part 2: Lesson 28: Access To Venues (Know The Venue & A Review)
Part 2: Lesson 29: The 'Secret Sauce'
Part 2: Lesson 30: The 'Six Questions'
Part 2: Lesson 31: Creating Your Plan
Part 2: Lesson 32: What To Shoot?
Part 2: Lesson 33: Shooting With Purpose
Part 2: Lesson 34: Trigger Your Brain To Hunt
Part 2: Lesson 35: Challenge Yourself (Create A Vision)
Part 2: Lesson 36: Learn In Chunks (Don't Boil The Ocean)
Part 2: Lesson 37: Think In Layers
Part 2: Lesson 38: What's My Motivation...?
Part 2: Lesson 39: Adding Dimensions (The Three Elements) - Part 1
Part 2: Lesson 40: Adding Dimension (Backgrounds) - Part 2
Part 2: Lesson 41: Adding Dimension (Environment) - Part 3
Part 2: Lesson 42: Adding Dimension (A Sense Of Place) - Part 4
Part 2: Lesson 43: Adding Dimension (Merging Artistry With Sport) - Part 5
Part 2: Lesson 44: Tight Is Right (Up Close And Personal)
Part 2: Lesson 45: The Windows To The Soul
Part 2: Lesson 46: Rugby (Tight & Bright) - Part 1
Part 2: Lesson 47: Rugby (Into The Shadows) - Part 2
Part 2: Lesson 48: Rugby (Summary) - Part 3
Part 2: Lesson 49: Putting A Bow On Part 2
Part 3: Lesson 50: Types Of Light
Part 3: Lesson 51: Artificial Light
Part 3: Lesson 52: Natural Light
Part 3: Lesson 53: Managing Light Direction
Part 3: Lesson 54: The Perfect Shot Matrix
Part 3: Lesson 55: Readiness, Anticipation, & Reaction
Part 3: Lesson 56: Reviewing My Project - Part 1
Part 3: Lesson 57: Reviewing My Project - Part 2
Part 3: Lesson 58: Reviewing My Project - Part 3
Part 3: Lesson 59: Elements Of Composition
Part 3: Lesson 60: Orientation, Angles, Position, & Negative Space
Part 3: Lesson 61: Negative Space & Rule Of Thirds
Part 3: Lesson 62: Graduation Ceremony
Part 3: Lesson 63: Some Final Comments
Supplemental Lesson #1
Supplemental Lesson #2
Supplemental Lesson #3