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|| News Item: Posted 2006-05-29

Sports Shooter Academy III Set For Nov. 1 - 5, 2006
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Crystal Chatham

Photo by Crystal Chatham

Sports Shooter Academy faculty member Wally Skalij leads a session on horse racing at Santa Anita Park during Sports Shooter Academy II in April of 2005.
Go Bold Or Go Home is the theme for Sports Shooter Academy III to be held Nov. 1 - 5, 2006 in Orange County, Calif.

This hands-on, shooting workshop gives participants an opportunity to cover NCAA Division I college events under the guidance of a staff of award-winning photographers.

Held in cooperation with the Big West Conference, participants will have a full schedule of events that include: men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, crew, wrestling and men's water polo.

Football through the Mission Conference, one of the country's premier junior college leagues, will be added to the workshop for the first time. Sessions involving beach volleyball, portrait lighting, remote cameras and boxing are also on the SSA III schedule.

"This workshop was phenomenal!" said Debra Gulbus a staff photographer with the El Paso Times and a participant in SSA II. "The learning curve was so great due to the amount of hands-on opportunity combined with the classes lead by the staff."

The Academy faculty includes: Matt Brown, southern California freelance photographer, Wally Skalij, the Los Angeles Times, Donald Miralle, Getty Images, Michael Goulding, Orange County Register, Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times and Sports Shooter founder and staff photographer with USA TODAY Robert Hanashiro.

"This is an experience that you cannot pass up. Nightly critiques are especially important because the experienced faculty provide essential feedback and advice that you cannot get anywhere else," said California State University, Fullerton student Carlos Delgado who attended SSA II. "Shooting events alongside professionals who are willing to answer any question you can think of, as well as 1-on-1 critiques, let me walk away with tons of valuable information and experience."

Faculty members accompany participants to events, offering advice and information on lens selection, lighting, positions and how to creatively cover the sport. Participants edit their work under the guidance of the faculty and critiques are held at the end of each day of shooting.

Photo by Crystal Chatham

Photo by Crystal Chatham

Members of the U.C. Irvine crew team in Newport Harbor photographed during Sports Shooter Academy II in April of 2005.
As faculty member Matt Brown said: "It's real world experience here folks!"

The Academy ends with an awards brunch on Sunday, where the best photograph made during the workshop and the best collection of work are recognized.

To apply for Sports Shooter Academy III, download the application form: Participants must also submit a 20-image portfolio as part of the application process.

Sports Shooter Academy III is reasonably priced at $450 for full-time college and university students and $550 for non-students. Payment deadlines and other details will be emailed to applicants once they submit their application forms.

"SSA was easily one of the best workshops, photo or otherwise, that I've ever attended. I would've been content with just the classes, but add to it a multitude of hands-on shoots and even pro-level shoots??! "said Crystal Chatham, SSA II participant who is now a staff photographer at the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

"And then top it off with knowledgeable instructors and staff willing to answer the most mundane questions or help engineer the wackiest remotes like a pole cam and drum cam. And still add a group of students who all bent over backwards to help each other out and were willing to share their knowledge and experience...I could go on and on. My poor friends are going to get tired of hearing about SSA!"

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