For action photographer Predrag Vuckovic, his day starts on the extreme and ends with the extreme. Vuckovic has immortalised several memorable moments - jumper Felix Baumgartner, as he sits on the ground for the first time after jumping from space, wing suit flyer Valery Rozov jump into the volcano in Kamchatka, Russia and base jumpers like Cedric Dumont or masters of extreme motorsports or kitesurfers - there isn’t an extreme sport that he hasn’t covered.
The self-taught extreme photographer will conduct a free session on action photography, today at the NCPA. “It’s hard to talk about the technical details in three hours,” says Vuckovic, adding, “So, I plan to focus on motivating people to take action photography from my experiences.”
Vuckovic started photography when he was 12 years old, slowly moving up to taking pictures of his friends and covering events in the community. In 2005, he captured wakeboarding in Serbia for an energy drink company and has never looked back since then.
Even today, Vuckovic constantly travels the globe, spending most of his time on airports and airplanes. But the action photographer has no regrets. “I am married to extreme sports. I get to meet incredible people, some of the world’s best athletes - and I like that a lot. Some say I have the dream job - which is true,” he adds.
Vuckovic says that in his long career as an action photographer, he never came back without a ‘picture’. He credits his success to careful planning: “If you plan a shoot well, you will always get what you are looking for.” What about luck? “It’s abig part of action photography, but not the most important part.”
Interestingly, Vuckovic never took any photography lessons, and relied heavily on his skills and understanding of extreme sports. “Sometimes, you can learn through the camera. But before that, you have to understand the extreme sport, the athlete, the different stunts that he is going to try, and most importantly what you want to get from the picture. Secondly, for some extreme sports like mountaineering, scuba diving, etc, you also need to be good in the sport. Else you will never get the right kind of picture.”