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|| News Item: Posted 2004-10-15

Sports Shooter News and Notes
By Sports Shooter staff

The annual Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar has announced its lineup of speakers and workshop leaders which include Bruce Davidson, Bill Frakes, Chris Curry, Jahi Chikwendiu, Robert Seale, Mark Edelson, Paul Martin Lester, Deni Elliott, Kevin Ame and Brian Smith.

Workshop class topics are: documentary photography, ethics in photojournalism, location portrait lighting, Photoshop and business practices.

The APJ Seminar is December 3 and 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place. Early registration deadline is Nov. 19 and the group's annual contest deadline is Nov. 17.

For more information on what is usually a great weekend of photography, go to:

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The MP - 3 backpack.
Moose Peterson from Wildlife Research Photography recently came out with a line of backpacks that may interest sports shooters as well as nature photographers.

The MP - 3 and MP - 3C Photo Packs do NOT look like your usual equipment backpack like those from Lowepro or Tamrac. Made from 1000 Cordura material, Peterson has taken the design for his MP-1 Pack and tailored it more for the traveling photojournalist and sports photographer.

"The MP series of photo packs has one main common trait, fitting in the overhears of the smallest planes while safely carrying massive amounts of camera gear," Peterson says.

Knowing a thing or two about having to lug around long glass, Peterson has gone retro so to speak and instead of having a pack with lots of pockets, pouches and dividers here there and everywhere as is the norm these days, he uses a simplified design and the MP-3/3C has basically three compartments: one large for a long lens and two small ones for short glass, camera bodies and small accessories. There is one small exterior pocket hidden away under the carrying handle on the top of the pack.

The MP-3 measures in at L16.5" x W12" x D7" and on the long lens side to hold a lens as large as a 600 f4 without a body attached and it's designed to hold a 200-400 zoom or 300 2.8 with body attached. The interior compartments come with several dividers with velc.... ooops, I mean hook and loop fasteners ... so you can configure them to fit your needs and the gear you're taking on that particular job.

The pack comes with two backpack straps that can be detached and hidden away. "My preferred method is to have the right strap inside the flap and just carry the MP-3 with the left strap on my left shoulder," Peterson says.

The MP-3C features a detachable laptop computer bag that is probably the best one of its type around. While the packs themselves are thin on padding --- designed that way to fit all of that gear you need on the road as well as fit in that overhead compartment --- the companion laptop case is WONDERFULLY padded and Peterson says that it will fit any and all laptops in the market.

(Note: The MP-3's back, bottom and sides are padded with a special high density foam however the front flaps are not padded. And Peterson comes right out and states that if you're in the market for a big, over-padded bag that is a tight fit in an airline overhead compartment, this might not be for you.)

For a recent football game I was comfortably able to load two digital camera bodies, a 400mm 2.8, 70-200mm zoom, 16-35mm zoom, compact flash card wallet, strobe, 2 extenders and my iPod into the MP-3. I found that the bag felt a bit lopsided when I initially used it with both backpack straps, but after re-configuring the dividers to better balance the gear, it was easy to lug around.

The MP-3 comes only in one color "kelty green" and the laptop case is photojournalist black.

In this day and age of shrinking overhead carry-on baggage space and rising excess baggage charges, photographers are always on the lookout for something that can "do it all" ... carry everything they need to work with on the flight with them. While this might not be the bag for everyone, it is one that photographers that carry long glass and laptops to jobs might want to check out.

For more information about Moose Peterson's Wildlife Research Photography and his line of equipment bags, check out his web site at:

For a direct link to the MP3-3C packs:

(By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter)

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Who is THE Best Sports Shooter?

Do not forget that I also hold the annual Sports Shooter Sports Portfolio Competition in conjunction with the Workshop & Luau. This competition is FREE for photographers registered for The Luau and is divided into two categories, one for students and one for non-students.

* Portfolios for students consist of a minimum of 8 photographs and a maximum of 12.

* Portfolios for non-students consist of a minimum of 12 photographs and a maximum of 15.

* Criteria for judging include: impact, diversity, technical skills and story-telling.

* The contest year runs from Oct. 2003 through Sept. 2004. All photographs must have been taken during this 12 - month period.

* Entries must all have full captions.

* File preparation:

We recommend images be prepared in Adobe Photoshop. Images should be sized at 72 DPI with the largest dimension NO LARGER than 15 inches. Files should be saved as JPEGs at a quality setting of 8 (or medium). Check baseline optimized when saving if available.

File Name:
Decide on a unique photographer's code of 4 or 5 letters to be used to label each of your entries. EXAMPLE: bert01.jpg (bert = unique name; 01 = the number of the entry.)

A complete caption is required for each entry. Your caption should include the location the photo was taken, the date it was shot, ID's and your byline. This information should be written in the "File Info" portion of the image in Photoshop.

EXAMPLE: Los Angeles, CA - 3/9/004 - Seattle Supersonic's forward Rashard Lewis throws down a slam dunk over Kobe Bryant during the first half of a 89 - 80 win at Staples Center. Photo by Rod Mar, The Seattle Times.

Burn your entry onto a CD. On the actual CD write your full name, the category (student or non-student), school or publication (if you are not on staff with a publication just write "freelance").

Send your CD entry to:
Luau Portfolio Contest
P.O. Box 801282
Santa Clarita, CA 91380

The Workshop & Luau Sports Portfolio Competition will be judged in an open session Friday evening. Several members of the faculty will be part of the judging panel and if you want to hear great discussion and debate over the entries, you will not want to miss this session. Barry Wong of the Seattle Times is the contest-judging chairman.

For those that want to enter this cool contest and for some CRAZY reason are not attending the Workshop & Luau ... they can enter for a $25 fee.

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