Essentials For A Sports Photography Business with Dave Black

For anyone wanting to get started in sports photography there’s no better brain to pick than the legendary Dave Black. In this class, moderated by Scott Kelby, Dave takes questions from a live audience on a range of sports photography topics. As the questions come in and the answers flow, Dave shares his well earned insights into a range of topics, such as choosing the right gear for the sport you are covering, how to work with a wire service, how to get credentials, what makes a photo publishable, who owns the copyright of your photos, how to get started in the commercial side of sports photography, and more. All along the way Dave shares fascinating stories from his decades of experience covering a wide range of sports.



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Take your sports action photography to the next level with lighting! When you control the lighting you will set your work far apart from the rest of the pack. Join veteran sports photographer Dave Black as he takes you through three different action sports scenarios using a different lighting setup in each location. From speedlights to the Elinchrom Quadra and Ranger systems, you’ll learn about all of the gear Dave uses, the camera settings needed to freeze fast action, how to use zone focusing to get tack sharp results, how to work with your subjects to keep everyone safe during the shoot, and so much more!

Some Thoughts From My New Class, “What To Shoot When There Is Nothing To Shoot,” on KelbyOne

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to present my class What to Shoot When There is Nothing to Shoot on KelbyOne.com. I’ve been around KelbyOne for a long time in a supporting role, and now I’m thankful I can contribute in a bigger way.

Let me tell you a little about my class.

Most classes out there teach you how to shoot, but very few, if any, teach you what to shoot. This class gives you practical shooting ideas that’ll help motivate and inspire you to get out and shoot more often. Face it, even when you swear there is nothing worthy of shooting at the moment, there is always something to shoot.

Case in point: Restaurants. Restaurants provide a treasure-trove of images. Most people don’t see them because they are focused on why they are there, food. I am too most of the time. But next time you are out to eat, take a second to look around and see if there isn’t an image to be had. The following image I got just the other evening.

Here are some other images all taken at a restaurant while waiting for my food.

The class gives multiple examples of places, events and times to shoot, then talks about waking up to new ideas that are right in front of you, such as Shoot Details

Too often we focus on the big picture, basically missing the trees for the forest, or, in the following example, the plateaus for the arch. On any given day at Mesa Arch, in Utah, there will be 20 to 40 photographers fighting for the perfect spot to set up and photograph the first light of the day hitting the bottom of the arch. While doing so, 99% of them will miss other images right in front of them.

By switching from a wide angle to telephoto lens, multiple layers of plateaus make a fairly interesting image. Yes, get the iconic shot, but don’t be so focused on it that you miss everything else around you. 

I’ll leave you with this tip that will force you to look, and look hard for images. Start a Self Assignment. I have several that have been going on for years. Everywhere I go I’m hunting for three things, architectural numbers, architectural patterns and reflections in shop windows. It forces me to look around all the time no matter where I am. I encourage you to find something that interests you and make it a self assignment, then see how it changes how you see things.

Here are a couple of samples of my self assignments:

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for hearing me out. If you want to see more, check out my new class, What to Shoot When There is Nothing to Shoot, on KelbyOne.com.

You can see more of Jeff’s work at JLPhoto-Graphic.com, and keep up with him on Instagram and Facebook.

From sunny South America, I’m Dave Williams and today is #TravelTuesday, which means I’m here on Scott’s blog with something for you on travel, photography, Photoshop, or life. Today, a little on business in photography!

I’m currently in Rio de Janeiro where, together with Lonely Planet, I’m on my never-ending quest for the world’s best coffee, and I’m hunting the best views the rainforest city has to offer. It’s all over on my social media—you can find me anywhere hiding behind the alias @capturewithdave. :)

All the times I can remember shooting, I remember the “last shot” has, in fact, never quite been the last shot. When I shot weddings, as part of a tandem outfit with my best mate and business partner Peter Treadway, we often joked that we wanted to take “just one last shot,” and we both knew that whenever the other uttered those words, we’d have at least another 15 minutes shooting. But, why was that? Why were we, on one level, keen to finish, but at the same time, carrying on with the shoot in search of that “one more shot.”

Perhaps it was something relating to confidence. Perhaps we knew there was still a shot there, which would stand out above the rest, but we didn’t quite have it yet, owing to either our ability or simply to the absence of that shot. Perhaps we already had the shot but had such competitive determination that we simply didn’t want to stop because we were chasing a shot that just wasn’t going to happen. I mean, we certainly had the tenacity to know where to start and, when it wasn’t happening, when to stop. Maybe that was why—maybe when it was happening, we wanted it to keep happening. But, maybe it was something else altogether.

Good enough isn’t good enough. 

Maybe we both knew this. Maybe we already had, in our subconscious, the knowledge that good enough wasn’t good enough and in order to stand out, we actually had to excel, not just settle. In a crowd, it’s the one who has a little something special, the one who sticks their neck out—that’s the one who gets noticed.

Sunrises get noticed.

Proper lighting gets noticed.

Personality gets noticed.

Concentrate on these things and others, which will make you get noticed, and don’t settle—good enough isn’t good enough if you really want to go far as a creative.

Much love
Dave

You can do this one in either Lightroom or Photoshop’s Camera Raw. It just take five seconds, but it can make a world of difference in your skies.

STEP ONE: Here’s the original image, and as you can see the sky is kinda “meh.” Go to the HSR/Color panel and click on the Luminance tab up top.

STEP TWO: In that Luminance Tab (in the HSL/Color Panel) drag the Blue slider to the left (as seen above) to bring out the blues in the sky. The farther to the left you drag, the bluer the sky gets. That’s all there is to it.

Above: Here’s a side-by-side before and after. Told ya it was a quick tip!

Here’s wishing you a blue-sky week! :)

-Scott

P.S. Today over on my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com I have a beginner’s tip for Lightroom users on how to unclutter your screen to avoid distractions while you edit. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

I’ve got a lot of fun stuff lined up for the next couple of months, and I’m hoping you’ll be able to come out and catch me at one of these events. Here we go:

The Ultimate Photography Crash Course

It’s my new full-day seminar (and it’s so going to rock!), and it kicks off in a couple of weeks:

Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 7th
Minneapolis on Thursdays, May 9th

Tickets and details at KelbyOneLive.com – More cities and dates coming shortly.

Photoshop World Conference 2019: Orlando, FL

It’s the most exciting, fun, engaging thing I get to do all year — I love getting to meet everybody, and the whole event is a blast from start to finish. Teaching some cool sessions — can’t wait to share ’em with you.

May 31 – June 2, 2019 in Orlando

Details, travel info, class schedules, and tickets at photoshopworld.com

“The Essence of Paris” Travel Photography Workshop

This is location travel photography workshop, taught with my dear friend and colleague, Mimo Meidany, and we’re both so excited to shooting in such an amazing city, with a group of awesome students. The workshop is sold out (we had someone who couldn’t make it, and we had a spot open, but last night somebody grabbed that last spot, so we’re sold out again.

June 7-10, 2019 | Paris, France

The World Modeling Convention, London

I’m really excited to be a part of this event. Here’s how they describe it:

“The World Modelling Convention is a ground-breaking event with a strong ethical side that helps models, photographers, fashion designers, makeup artists, and hairstylists to collaborate together in just one weekend. It offers a unique experience with thousands of photo shoots, fashion shows, paid advertisements, educational programmes and, job interviews.”

How cool is that!!! Plus, I’m really tickled to be teaching in London, England again where I have so many friends and folks who follow me on social and watch The Grid. I’m teaching portrait retouching techniques and can’t wait to share my latest techniques. Plus, Joe McNally will be there, so that makes it even more awesome!

June 15-16, 2019 | Business Design Centre, Islington, London

Tickets and more info at WMCLondon.com

Lots more to come…

There our West-Coast Photoshop World in Vegas this August at our new Vegas home — the Mirage Resort & Casino. Plus, there’s my China Workshop in September, and more dates for my seminar tour, and well…there’s lots more to come, and I am lovin’ it!!! I love getting to teach live and meet new people, see new places, and find the best burger in those places. ;-)

Have a great weekend, everybody and I hope to see you someday soon, somewhere awesome. :)


Uncovering The Magic of the Rainforest: Costa Rica with Rick Sammon

Pack your virtual bags and join Rick Sammon in beautiful Costa Rica as he shares his tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of a trip to the rainforest. In this class you’ll learn what gear to bring and how to care for it, how to photograph everything from wildlife to seascapes, how to use accessories like polarizers, ring flash, and macro lenses, along with a ton of tips for enhancing your rainforest experience. In every lesson Rick shares his approach to getting the shot while sharing useful information that you can easily apply to other types of photography too. So whether you are heading to the rainforest or just dreaming about it, you’ll be sure to learn new information that will take your photography to a new level.



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Join Rick Sammon and learn how to get the most out of photographing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. These parks are close together, and a must-see destination for landscape and wildlife photographers. In this class Rick shares his favorite locations within both parks, and teaches you how to prepare for your trip, tips for creating powerful compositions, overcoming exposure challenges, how to shoot time-lapse and HDR, and a host of tips, tricks and techniques for landscape and wildlife photography.

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