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Sports Shooter Academy XI: THE Coolest...
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:04 AM on 11.12.14
->> Fifty-three college students and photographers participated in THE coolest sports photography event of the year which concluded Sunday.

You can view galleries of images captured during Sports Shooter Academy XI at the workshop's website:
http://www.sportsshooteracademy.com/#!/portfolio/C0000EELu.tr.efM/G0000HKOuAY_yhTo

We have several videos from SSA XI posted here:
https://vimeo.com/111614146

And there are a lot of fun, cool things on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sports-Shooter-Academy/218332281520720?sk=wa...

Thanks to all of the participants that came from literally around the world to be a part of this educational and inspirational program.

Nikon Professional Services made it possible for 20 college students to attend SSA XI tuition-free! A big shut-out to Mark Suban, Mike Corrado, Sara Wood, Ronal Taniwaki and former NPS Kahuna Bill Pekala.

PhotoShelter sponsored the SSA Open House, which featured presentations by Sports Shooter members Rod Mar, Brad Mangin and Grover Sanschagrin.

Samy's Camera sponsored the continental breakfast for the closing session of the workshop and the Open House mini-trade show.

Think Tank Photo, Custom SLR, Honl Photo and PocketWizard all generously supported SSA XI.

I could not put on these workshops without the dedication, time, talents and friendship of the faculty:
- Wally Skalij
- Michael Goulding
- Myung Chun
- Bob Deutsch
- Shawn Cullen
- Rod Mar
- Tim Mantoani
- Brad Mangin
- Lucas Gilman
- Dave Honl
- Mike Corrado
- Joey Terrill
- Christy Radecic
- Michael Der
- Candice Ward

The access to all of the sports events we cover during The Academy is made possible by SSA co-founder Matt Brown.

And last but not least ... I could not and would not put on these workshops without my wife Deanna.

Mahalo!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 5:24 AM on 11.12.14
->> The Sports Shooter Academy's new website was made possible by the great folks at PhotoShelter.

For this workshop we incorporated several features of PhotoShelter's web pages. Each participant had their own place on our site to upload their selects daily and we displayed and critiqued images straight from galleries built on PhotoShelter.

Thanks Grover and Natalie for making THE coolest sports photography event of the year EVEN cooler!
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Martin McCrory, Photographer, Photo Editor
Boston | MA | USA | Posted: 12:03 PM on 11.12.14
->> Pros of SSA XI:
- 5 days hands-on with the best in the business, including Rod Mar, Brad Mangin, Matt Brown, Tim Mantoani, and many more
- Incredible schedule of shooting. Packed, but not too busy to burn us out
- Amazing networking opportunities with the faculty and other students
- The generosity of Nikon Professional Services to loan gear out all week
- Photoshelter's amazing upload system was easy for everyone to use
- Mike Corrado's drum photos
- Listening to Ron sing "I'm a Little Teapot"

Cons of SSA XI:
- Only got to visit six of the restaurants Bert recommended
- Weather was 4 degrees too warm for shooting Football, come on Bert get with it
- Nikon's D810 and 14-24 might make me consider coming over to the dark side
- Haha just kidding
- Mike Corrado's crappy bird photo
- Ron doesn't know the second verse to "I'm a Little Teapot"

Thank you Bert and staff for an amazing opportunity. I look forward to applying again next year!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:12 PM on 11.12.14
->> Ronal does know lyrics for the Pokemon theme song, the U.S. version; his Japanese consists only of 2 words: "teriyaki" and "benjo".

Matt should have made him do the "I'm A Little Teapot" dance too.

On the weather: I asked The Man Above for sunny & 72. He was off by about 20 degrees.

Regarding restaurants: I've been posting "The Kahuna's SSA XI Dining Experience" on my Facebook page. All of these nearby eateries were not on the list in the SSA XI handout... but will be for next year's SSA 12 and the SSA Lighting Luau...
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Hailey Archambault, Photographer, Student/Intern
San Francisco | CA | | Posted: 11:21 PM on 11.12.14
->> SSA XI was hands down one of the BEST experiences I have had in my photography career thus far! Like Marty mentioned, 5 days hands-on with a world class faculty, including Rod Mar, Brad Mangin, Matt Brown, and many others. These guys were so generous to take time out of their busy schedules to spend those 5 days teaching, listening, giving invaluable advice, and answering endless questions. It was an honor to be able to learn from and shoot beside the best! It was also an amazing opportunity to network with all of the workshop participants, and get honest, raw feedback from people who really know what they are talking about. For me, that was the most important part of SSA XI, having professionals look at my work and tell me what I am doing wrong, or not doing, or how to improve. Absolutely invaluable. And of course, none of this would have been possible had it not been for the amazing sponsors - ThinkTank, Samy's, Custom SLR, and most importantly Nikon Professional Services, who made it possible for myself and the other students to attend tuition free.

A huge thank you again to the amazing faculty, and most notably, the Big Kahuna for putting this all together! I look forward to applying again next year!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:39 AM on 11.13.14
->> Checkout all of the SSA XI Photo of the Day winners at our Facebook page and on the workshop website:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sports-Shooter-Academy/218332281520720?sk=wa...
http://www.sportsshooteracademy.com/

Thanks again to Nikon Professional Services for their continued support of THE coolest sports photography event of the year! All of the college students that attend the Sports Shooter Academy have their tuition paid for by NPS.

PhotoShelter and Samy's Camera also providing funding for SSA XI so we can keep the registration fee for non-students as low as we can.

Think Tank Photo, Custom SLR, Honl Photo and PocketWizard all supporting this wonderful educational program. Thanks to all of these companies for their generosity and vision in supporting photography.

Mahalo!
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Amanda Schwarzer, Photographer
Temecula | CA | USA | Posted: 1:02 PM on 11.13.14
->> SSA XI was hands down one of the best experiences I've had since delving into this crazy world of sports photography. An opportunity I won't soon forget.

My take aways:
Crop for impact
Don't be so hard on myself, relax and trust my skills/instincts.
Hopefully lasting friendships/connections.

Biggest things I'd change:
Work faster on my culling and editing so I could take advantage of more of the critiquing sessions and have time to socialize more (did not even realize there were fire pits until the last night)!

I plan to go back next year because there is simply no way to take in all that SSA has to offer in that short time frame. Maybe next year I'll even try out Nikon gear!

The schedule was perfect, the sponsors and faculty incredibly generous. I liked the bird pictures...
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:00 PM on 11.14.14
->> CONGRATS to Brandon Means for image of a Grossmont College player flying through the air for the endzone, selected by the Sports Shooter Academy faculty as the Best Photo of the workshop.

Brandon won a cool Think Tank Photo City Walker 30 shoulder bag plus a bunch of goodies from Custom SLR and Nikon.

Check out video interviews with the photographers of all of the winning images --- plus galleries from all three shooting days at SSA XI:
http://www.sportsshooteracademy.com/
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Daniel Malmberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Huskvarna | Sweden | Sweden | Posted: 6:12 PM on 11.16.14
->> It was truly a great experience.
I´m having a hard time to find the right words for it all.
Wrote a "thank you post" together with some pictures together with some pictures on my blog:
http://blogg.photo-it.net/2014/11/why-do-i-always-keep-dollar-bill-in-my.ht...
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 8:57 PM on 11.17.14
->> All the way from Sweden!

Daniel it was a pleasure to have you (and your wife) at Sports Shooter Academy XI.

And thank you so much for the kind words in your blog about the wonderful things we do at the workshops.
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Josh Barber, Photographer
Huntington Beach | CA | United States | Posted: 3:46 AM on 11.30.14
->> SSA really is the coolest workshop you'll ever attend.

For one thing the amount of hands-on experience you'll get is incomparable; at least five shooting experiences to apply what you've been learning. You can get even more if you hit up some of the optional events or take in a sunrise photographing surfers on the local beaches. What makes the shooting sessions great is the faculty on hand to help you with technical questions like setting remotes, or more importantly to bounce ideas off and give you suggestions about how to think differently about what you are doing. The shooting experience is not just limited to competition. The time spent with the lighting gurus is a good mix of theory and demonstration followed by hands-on work with local talent who donate their time.

There also is a ton to do that does not involve your face behind the camera. Bert assembled a great lecture line-up that touched on the basics, the technical, the business, and what's behind the work of several talented photographers. Discussion of photographs isn't reserved for only the faculty's work; one-on-one critiques looking at loose edits of your day's take allow for a nuanced look at your pictures before the whole workshop crits them at the conclusion of every day.

At the end of the day the work you make is only part of the picture. It is incredible to meet so many photographers who are passionate about photography and telling stories that involve sports. Faculty and attendees alike there is something to be learned from everyone, and that doesn't stop on Sunday. You leave with many more talented photographers as friends than you came with.

The workshop is also great because it is only possible because of the hard work of a number of talented industry professionals who give back to the sports photography community. Bert Hanashiro and his wife Deanna cannot be thanked enough for organizing this amazing experience, Matt Brown should be lauded for obtaining the access that allows so much hands-on time, and all the other faculty thanked as well for their many contributions to make such a unique event happen.
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