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SSA BOOTCAMP - Thank you
Allan Campbell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 11:31 AM on 09.08.08
->> Well the SSA crew pulled off another great weekend of learning and photography. A big thank you to all of the faculty and their families. Great job!
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Susánica Tam, Photographer
Thousand Oaks | CA | United States | Posted: 12:41 PM on 09.08.08
->> as always Allan, it was great to have you and also see some new faces. I was impressed by the hard work a lot of the students put in. Great job!
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John Birk, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 1:57 PM on 09.08.08
->> I just wanted to second Allan in a big thank you to all the faculty of SSA Bootcamp for all of their time and efforts. Also, I want to thank Ron from Nikon for providing all of the participants with great gear to use. It was an absolute blast and I highly recommend these workshops to anyone who wants to have the time of their life and learn a ton in the process. Thanks!
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Joshua Sy, Student/Intern
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 2:17 PM on 09.08.08
->> Amen to that - I'd love to see what the full 5-day workshop is like!
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Octavian Cantilli, Student/Intern
Kissimmee | FL | United States | Posted: 2:25 PM on 09.08.08
->> This was an amazing two days! I really can’t think of a single (realistic) thing that could have made it better. Nikon letting us keep the equipment we borrowed isn’t realistic. Both days consisted of very ambitious schedules. Yet, we were able to get everything in. Robert Beck kicked things off with a presentation that both inspired us and showed us that even the SI guys are human and don’t catch all the moments. We shot three action-packed soccer games on Friday that were competitive and sometimes out of control at a venue containing beautiful natural light and pretty solid artificial light.

Then, the portrait sessions on Saturday were out of this world. We each got to shoot a collegiate gymnast, basketball player, wrestler and baseball player, who each were great sports and kept their energy high throughout the sessions. We played with lights both big and small and were taught how to make dynamic portraits with each.

Nikon’s Ronal Taniwaki brought a slew of equipment for us to use including a bunch of D3s, D700s and telephoto lenses. He and Lucas Gilman also showed us how to make cheap floor stands for remotes and how to hard wire remotes. Like this wasn’t enough Ronal bought us ice cream sandwiches and Italian ice in the middle of our soccer shoot-a-thon. What a guy! David Honl was another one of the rock stars of the event by showing us how to make a three light strobe kit with light shaping modifiers for only a couple hundred bucks. There was no formal class in keeping things fun, but in more ways than one that was the focus of Matt Brown’s class. He kept us smiling throughout especially during the nightly slide shows when the strongest images were chosen.

While shooting and during the editing and critique sessions Robert Hanashiro, Matt Brown, Myung Chun, Michael Goulding, David Honl, and Lucas Gilman answered all questions, and revealed their philosophies about how to make pro quality images. A few of the insight tidbits I remember include: shoot through the action. The most storytelling images often occur away from the action on the sidelines or on the field away from the ball. Position yourself in areas where other photographers are not and move around from high to low. Keep backgrounds clutter free. Crop out everything that doesn’t add meaning to the image.

Last but not least, Jordan Murph, Crystal Chatham and Susanica Tam did a great job keeping us on task, problem solving the little but vital things and assisting both the faculty and participants. No about the participants, what a great group of sports photography enthusiasts! Even though we all wanted to produce the best image there was a real feeling that everyone wanted to help each other produce it. We pointed out good natural light to each other, held reflectors and flashes, swapped lenses and patted each other’s egos from time to time.

Unlike the motto “world’s best burger” the Sports Shooter workshop’s motto “coolest sports photography event of the year” is real.

Until next time,
Octabank, Octee…whatever
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Allan Campbell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 2:28 PM on 09.08.08
->> Make sure you guys update your Galleries to show off your work from the weekend....

Octavian...
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=6408

me....
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=1183
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Darrell Miho, Photographer
Los Angeles : SFO : HNL | CA | usa | Posted: 7:16 PM on 09.08.08
->> i hereby nominate allan campbell to be SSA academy's permanent resident.

i think he has only missed one.
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Dreier Carr, Student/Intern, Photographer
Winston-Salem | NC | USA | Posted: 9:59 PM on 09.08.08
->> Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible. It was truly an amazing experience. Being my first workshop, I was really anxious when I got there but I met so many amazing people, faculty and participants alike, it was impossible not to have a blast and learn a ton as well. Thanks everyone for making this such a memorable weekend. We'll be in touch.
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Max Levine, Photographer, Assistant
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 11:27 AM on 09.10.08
->> What a wonderful experience. Like Dreier I was nervous and anxious prior to the start of the weekend but once we got situated things rolled right along. I may have been sleep deprived by the end of the weekend but it was well worth it. The workshop could've been better if Nikon were to let us keep the glass and bodies that we were loaned :) but like Octavian said, that wouldn't be realistic.

Here is a link to my member page with some of my favorite frames from the workshop.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=7019
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Mark Abbott, Photographer
Durham | NC | US | Posted: 12:30 PM on 09.10.08
->> Thanks to all who made this a great learning experience-Great atmosphere with motivated staff and students- despite the long days and the busy schedule a lot was accomplished and a lot was learned. Great meeting other members
Well worth the travel Thanks!!!!
Here is my update
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=6707
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Jenna Tower, Photographer
Berkeley | CA | | Posted: 2:42 PM on 09.10.08
->> This was my second one and as usual I had soooo much fun. Like a broken record thanks to everyone again and again for making this the most exciting workshop I have ever been too.
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Allan Campbell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 3:16 PM on 09.10.08
->> >> >> i hereby nominate allan campbell to be SSA academy's permanent resident. i think he has only missed one.


Maybe one of these days I will get a passing grade and move to the next level :)
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Josh Peckler, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | | Posted: 12:29 AM on 09.11.08
->> Thank you everybody from the faculty to the participants. I had a great time and learned so much in only two days. To bad I couldn't keep the D3 and I think next time I will just leave a fake name and credit card number. Thanks again and it was great meeting you all, hopefully we will all meet again.

Josh
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 2:09 PM on 09.11.08
->> I'm glad everyone had a good time. The work over two days was really nice. Alan Campbell missed a SSA? Really! Please post photos for the CSF kids and Travon can take a look.
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Myung Chun, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 2:51 PM on 09.11.08
->> If you guys learned something from this Boot Camp, well then, it was worth nearly passing out from heat stroke teaching the baseball portrait session while the other instructors were enjoying the air conditioned indoors:)

I'm glad you guys had a great time. See you at the next one.
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David Honl, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 3:13 PM on 09.11.08
->> Myung, I'll trade with you next year- it was way, way too cold inside ;-)

Hope to see everyone, and more, next year. Good times!
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 09.11.08
->> I will give Myung the North Face Jacket I had to wear during my shoot.
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Allan Campbell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 3:35 PM on 09.11.08
->> Yes Matt I missed SSA II.
I am already using the tips and advice from Matt, David, Lucas, Myung in my portraits this week. The staff does such a great job of being approachable and friendly. I am already looking forward to the next one and the chance to learn even more...... If I get accepted....
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Jordan Murph, Photographer, Assistant
Carlsbad & Honolulu | CA/HI | USA | Posted: 3:52 PM on 09.11.08
->> It was great meeting everyone and I'm glad you all had fun. Everyone worked really hard and I was particularly impressed with how hard the group hit the editing in the field and in the work room. GREAT job. Don't forget those fun pix.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 9:11 PM on 09.11.08
->> It was a FABULOUS two days of great photography, learning, inspiration, comrade, networking and ... FUN.

Thanks to my wonderful faculty and staff:
Roberto Beck
Myung J. Chun
Dave Honl
Mike Goulding
Lucas Gilman
Jordan Murph
Crystal Chatham
Susanica Tam

We could not do these workshops without Matt Brown and his contacts at Cal State Fullerton and the Big West Conference. We have access to NCAA Division I sports and to athletes only because of Matt.

The Boot Camp's primary sponsor was Nikon ... thanks to Ronal Taniwaki for providing a HUGE selection of equipment, tech support, buckets of chicken, ice cream and your cool wheel barrel floor plates!

Doug Murdoch and Think Tank Photo; Louis Feldman and Samy's Camera and Jim Morton and Dyna-Lite provided support for the running of this workshop... thanks to all of them for their continued support in what I do with Sports Shooter educational programs.

And a big shout out to all of the participants ... we do this for them and to give a little something back to the photographic community.

MAHALO!

Robert Hanashiro
Founder Sports Shooter







P.S. ---- Anyone for Sports Shooter Academy VI?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 4:00 PM on 09.15.08
->> Here are links to some of the Boot Camp participants' galleries that have their work shot during the workshop and some very nice comments.

Thanks again!

Jenna Tower
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=6137
Max Levine
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=7019
Octavian Cantilli
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=6408
Jared Dort
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=269
John Birk
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=7451
Allan Campbell
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=1183


(Some have been listed previous, but here they are in one spot to click and view. Mahalo!!!)
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