Sports & Action Photography For Beginners
What you'll learn
- Students will learn to think like a pro shooter to help them understand how to improve their photography skills.
- Combine technical mastery, artistry, game or event knowledge, and understanding of the human condition to make great photos.
- Learn what is possible when you combine passion with knowledge.
- Students should have a basic understanding of DSLR cameras.
- Students should know how to change settings (ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed).
- Students should be prepared to take photos as part of this course.
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.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner or novice level photographers who want to learn how to take great sports and action photos.
- Parents who want better shots of their kids playing sports or 'budding' sports photographers.
- Really, anyone who wants to be a better photographer
Don McPeak is an award-winning, recently retired contract photographer with USA TODAY and Reuters. With over 10,000 photo publication credits in major magazines (Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Sporting News) and hundreds of national and international sports web sites and daily papers, (CBS Sports, USA TODAY, SI, ESPN,) he is highly qualified and experienced to teach the exciting field of sports and action photography.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of his credentials is the fact that he has never had one minute of formal instruction in photography. His background is much the same as anyone taking his course. His learning came from experience as well as working with legends in the field. Now, his passion is to pass along what he learned from those masters to the next generation of budding sports shooters.