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|| News Item: Posted 2004-11-03

Giving Back
By Darrell Miho

Photo by Brad Mangin

Photo by Brad Mangin

Robert Beck, seen here putting on his lucky red shoes in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, helped out Darrell Miho early in his career.
It's about time. The 4th annual Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau is just around the corner and is sure to be a great time for all who attend.

It is a time for us to gather together and share our experiences, both good and bad, past and present. It is a time to catch up with old friends and retell those old stories that still make you laugh until your side hurts.

It is a time to make new friends and meet fellow photographers and put a face to the name. It is a time to reflect on the past and see where we have been.

It is a time to look toward the future and see where our paths may lead. It is a time to learn. It is a time to teach. It is a time to grow.

This year, I have been asked to teach the gym lighting break out session. So for me, this year's luau is also a time for me to give back to this profession that I am so grateful to be a part of. It is a time for me to remember what it was like to be a little fish in a big ocean.

It is a time for me to remember how I felt when I was a newbie just starting out in college and some guy named Robert Beck, who I had never met before, asked me if I wanted to use the strobes to shoot a high school exhibition volleyball match during the intermission of a Team Cup tournament at the LA Forum. He even gave me a couple rolls of chrome film to shoot cause I was shooting high speed color neg with available light.

It's a time for me to remember those who gave me an opportunity to learn the oh so many facets to this complex profession. Some of them even paid me! What a concept! Robert Beck, John McDonough, Heinz Kluetmeier, Mark Kauffman ... all were instrumental in my early years.

Kauffman taught me in college the many lessons of understanding light and how to use it. He encouraged me to light our college gym for a women's volleyball match and I have been spoiled ever since. Beck taught me how to hardwire strobes and the rules of hockey. McDonough and Kluetmeier both believed in me and gave me the opportunity to work with Sports Illustrated as a Lighting Tech.

Somehow I was blessed, whether it be by divine intervention or sheer luck, and I met the people that I did at what seemed to be the perfect time. And because of the many lessons I have learned and the many opportunities others have given me, I hope that I can teach others as much as others have taught me. I hope that I can teach at least one person something, anything, about lighting a gym.

I hope that I can inspire just one person to take that next step that will improve their skills. Most of all, I hope that everyone will learn something from someone.

I hope that everyone will leave with more than they came with. 'Cause it's about time. It's about time I gave back to this great profession of ours.

(Darrell Miho is a Southern California - base freelance photographer. He has helped with all of the previous Workshops & Luau and will be leading the Speedlights to Speedos: Sports Lighting 101 breakout class.)

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