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Live Action Horse Racing Photography
Dave Black
with Dave Black
Dave gets up early to document everything that happens in the course of a day at a working racetrack, while sharing tips and tricks he's learned over a career that spans 30 years. ... READ MORE
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Live Action Horse Racing Photography
lessons: 17 Course Lessons
duration: 2hr, 0min
published: 2013
watched: 707 Member Views
Live Action Horse Racing Photography
with Dave Black
Dave gets up early to document everything that happens in the course of a day at a working racetrack, while sharing tips and tricks he's learned over a career that spans 30 years. You'll learn about all the gear he uses, how to set up a remote camera, the importance of choosing the background in each of your shots, why you should focus on the small details as much as the wider panorama to help tell the story, and so much more! BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction and Gear (free course preview)

Join Dave on the track as he introduces the class and goes over the gear he is going to use for the shoot.

10min, 51sec
lesson 2: Gear Continued

Dave wraps up his gear overview.

8min, 38sec
lesson 3: Pre-dawn Start

The day at the track starts in the early morning hours, and Dave is on location ready to capture the pre-dawn activity.

9min, 26sec
lesson 4: Working in Low Light

Shooting before sunrise requires creative approaches to locking in focus and working with available light.

5min, 29sec
lesson 5: Capturing Details

Capturing close-up details helps to tell the story of the place as much as the wide panoramic shots.

7min, 46sec
lesson 6: Choosing a Vantage Point

Look behind the action and make sure your background is free of distraction.

6min, 19sec
lesson 7: Setting up a Remote Camera

Dave walks through the gear and the process of setting up a camera to be positioned and triggered remotely.

6min, 58sec
lesson 8: Placing the Remote Camera

When placing a remote camera you need to work within the rules and guidelines of the property owners.

15min, 34sec
lesson 9: Top of the Stretch

The top of the stretch is Dave's favorite place to shoot horse racing.

7min, 15sec
lesson 10: At the Start and the End

Timing is that hardest part of shooting the start of the race.

2min, 56sec
lesson 11: Including Environmental Features

Little details around the track help to fill out the story of a day at the track.

56 sec
lesson 12: At the Paddock

There are lot's of color and crowds around the paddock as horses are paraded around before the start of a race.

3min, 48sec
lesson 13: Panning

Panning the camera at a slow shutter speed is a great way to show the subject in motion.

3min, 33sec
lesson 14: Shooting at the Finish Line

Choosing your background is always an important consideration while waiting for the race to start.

4min, 8sec
lesson 15: Image Review and Selection

Dave shares his process for making his selects at the end of a shoot.

6min, 43sec
lesson 16: Review and Selection Continued

The process of choosing your selects is almost a skill unto itself.

15min, 53sec
lesson 17: Wrap Up

Dave wraps up the class with a review of what was covered before leaving the track.

3min, 25sec
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For over 30 years Dave Black’s work has centered on the sports industry, working with publications such as Sports Illustrated, Time, and Newsweek, covering events like the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR, and the Olympics. Dave is also known for his creative and artistic technique of Lightpainting. He was also named one of Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” photographers.
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