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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2007-04-24

#100: Past, Present and Future
By Darrell Miho

Cien. Hyaku. Mia. Honderd. In any language, one hundred is a pretty significant number. What started out as a way for Bert to vent to his colleagues, and anyone else that was on his email list, about issues that affected sports photographers, has become arguably the number one site on the Internet for sports photography.

Since its humble beginnings on August 28, 1998, Robert Hanashiro, a staff photographer for USA TODAY, has diligently compiled information and tidbits that he felt would be of interest, or at least amusing, to his fellow sports photographers.

What did Bert have to say back then? Well, quite a lot. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

His first rant, and the impetus behind the first Sports Shooter Newsletter, was regarding the NFL's newly created "network zone" that pushed all media, except two network camerapersons and one NFL Films cameraperson, back another three yards. http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/7

Some of the other highlights were a rumored announcement from Kodak about a new and improved 800 speed negative film.
http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/12

What? Film? We're starting to date ourselves here a little bit, but yes, that is how long the Sports Shooter Newsletter has been around.

And a look back at issue #1 wouldn't be complete without mention of the Bonehead Plays of the Month and Extra Innings.
http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/17
http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/18
http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/19

Today, with a little help from his friends, that first email blast has metamorphoses into what we all know now as SportsShooter.com. On June 21, 2002, Brad Mangin, Jason Burfield and Grover Sanschagrin, turned what was once an ugly, black and white caterpillar of text into a beautiful butterfly full of color, graphics and most of all, pictures! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words and you can't have a photography website without pictures!

Issue # 44 was the first issue published on SportsShooter.com and of course the SS.com website contained many new extras. Member profiles, COOL! Classified ads, WOO HOO! "The Guide", WOW! With all these new features and resources, the SportsShooter.com butterfly spread its wings and took off!

SportsShooter.com has grown to a community of over 3,100 members from around the world. Who knows how many others are lurking out there, perusing the message boards and reading the newsletter.

Because of the success of the SS.com website, the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luaus (RIP), the Sports Shooter Commuter Short Course and Sports Shooter Academy were born. All were great educational workshops. The Luaus were a great gathering place to meet fellow photographers and place faces to icons and The Academy continues to be, as Bert would say, "THE coolest photography event of the year."

Over the years, there have been many wonderful additions to the website and the community. While change is usually good, it's good to know that there are still a few things that have stayed the same.

• Bert vowed in issue #44 "the Sports Shooter Newsletter will continued to be produced by me and sent out monthly. For FREE!" And he has lived up to his word.
• Anne Ryan still hasn't updated her page. Its 1764 days, and counting!
• And Grover still has no hair. Amen!

So as we look forward to another 100 issues, where will we be in 8-1/3 years? Will newspapers still exist? Will we be captioning frame grabs instead of still images? Will the Canon 4D Mark IX be a full frame 10GB video camera shooting at 30fps that transmits directly to the office via satellite?

While the future is unpredictable and I don't know what the future holds for me or the industry, there is one thing that I am willing to bet on, that the brilliant minds behind Sportsshooter.com will continue to stay at the forefront of our industry and continue to bring us all the resources we need to do our jobs and create fabulous images.

I know I'll be here for issue #200, will you?


(Darrell Miho is a freelance photographer based in Southern California and a contributor to Sports Shooter and Sports Shooter educational programs. You can view his work at: http://www.sportsshooter.com/miho; http://www.darrellmiho.com. He is also the director of the Garret Miho Foundation, which assists children of single parent households: http://www.thegarrettmihofoundation.org.)

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