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|| News Item: Posted 2006-07-03

Sports Shooter Academy Adds College Hoops to Schedule
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Scott Galvin

Photo by Scott Galvin

U.C. Irvine men's basketball has been added to the Sports Shooter Academy III schedule.
Sports Shooter Academy III has added college basketball and sessions on covering aquatics sports with underwater cameras and arena lighting to its schedule.

Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera have also signed on as contributing sponsors of the workshop, which is being held Nov. 1 - 5, 2006 in Southern California.

"We got a very pleasant surprise when the U.C. Irvine men's basketball schedule was released," said Sports Shooter founder Robert Hanashiro, "The Anteaters have their first pre-season game of the year in the middle of The Academy. This will also enable us to have an arena light classes in the Irvine venue."

Getty Images Donald Miralle will lead a session on utilizing underwater housings to make unique photographs of aquatic sports like swimming, diving and water polo. A former competitive swimmer while a student at UCLA, Miralle has take his love of the water to make spectacular images of water sports over the years.

The Sports Shooter Academy is a hands-on, shooting workshop that enables participants to cover NCAA Division I sports through the Big West Conference. Big West Conference events include: volleyball, water polo, men's and women's soccer and wrestling. Horse racing, college football, boxing and beach volleyball are also on the schedule.

"Early Bird" sessions covering digital workflow will be held Wednesday afternoon before the official kick off to The Academy.

"We still have some slots available for students and working photographers who want to improve their sports shooting skills, learn some new tricks and tips and spend 5 days with a great group of people." Hanashiro said.

Other SSA faculty members are: Southern California freelance photographer Matt Brown, Wally Skalij of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Goulding of the Orange County Register and Sports Shooter founder and USA TODAY staffer Robert Hanashiro.

Think Tank Photo will be providing each of the registered participants one of their Pixel Pocket Rocket card wallets and a Lens Changer 25 pouch. Think Tank Photo is also sponsoring the prizes for the winners of the workshop contest.

Samy's Camera will be providing equipment and logistics support. This is the third year Samy's has been involved in the Sports Shooter Academy. Think Tank was also involved in SSA I.

"It's wonderful that Think Tank and Samy's will be helping us put on The Academy," said Hanashiro, "These companies' vision and dedication to education is well known and this is another example of how they are helping this business. I want to thank Doug Murdoch of Think Tank and Louis Feldman of Samy's for their continued support in the programs that I have put on over the years."

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.

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.

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