1st Edition

Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography

By Dan Bailey Copyright 2015
    306 Pages 380 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    by Routledge

    The difference between getting the shot and missing the shot comes down to split seconds and how you manage your gear and your technique. In Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography professional adventure sports photographer Dan Bailey shows readers how to react quickly to unfolding scenes and anticipate how the subject and the background might converge. Capturing those significant moments to produce powerful imagery that evoke the feel and mood of adventure requires specialized skills and a wide variety of creative ideas.

    This book teaches photographers how to think geometrically and how to pull together the elements that make for a successful shot, all while being immersed in the action. The practical manual will improve your technique for creating more compelling adventure imagery, whether you’re shooting ultra-marathoners splattered in mud, rock climbers in a crevasse, or mountain bikers hurtling past you.

    In this book, you’ll:

    • Discover the necessary equipment for shooting action, learn how to use it to its full potential, and develop a comprehensive adventure photography camera system that you can adapt to different shooting situations.

    • Learn specific techniques and creative ideas that help you freeze the moment and create images that convey excitement, mood, and the feel of adventure.

    • Learn advanced skills that can help you start defining your own particular style of action photography and create a "brand" of photography that’s based around your passion and your vision.

    • Examine case studies that break down the process for shooting different types of action subjects and see the nuts and bolts of how to create powerful imagery from start to finish.

    Chapter 1: On Being An Adventure Photographer

    Chapter 2: The Gear

    Chapter 3: Technical Concerns

    Chapter 4: Creativity

    Chapter 5: Lighting

    Chapter 6: Going Pro

    Chapter 7: Photographer Profiles


    Dan Bailey bought his first camera over twenty years ago, and since that time, he's refined a system for carrying his gear and shooting while hiking, climbing mountains, riding his bike, skiing deep powder, and exploring remote places in the world. In his eighteen years as a working pro adventure photographer, his imagery has been published by a variety of national clients and magazines such as Backpacker magazine, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Nikon, Fujifilm, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The North Face, Patagonia, Coleman, Marmot, Rock & Ice, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Alaska Magazine, and The New York Times.

    "This new title from Dan Bailey aims to help photographers think geometrically and pull together all the elements that make for a successful shot, all while being immersed in the action and having just a second to get it all right. This isn't one of those coffee table books to inspire you through pages of large images, but rather a book to read, write all over and use in a practical sense. It's a text book, a reference guide, one that any budding adventure photographer will benefit from." - Shutter Hub

    "From the first sentence, you just know this is a professional talking - and a professional with a passion for his work. I don't know many people who are both crazy talented at photography, and are also able to pen a seriously gripping book. Trust me, Dan Bailey is one of those few. [...] Dan's mastered the art, and the quality of his images, as well as the publications (Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, etc.) in which his imagery appears, are all testament to that." -  Outdoor Chics

    "If you want to learn what is needed to be an outdoor action and adventure photographer this new book will teach you." - Paul W. Faust, TravelPhotographers.net