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|| News Item: Posted 2007-11-11

News & Notes: Sports Shooter Academy V: Educational, Inspirational and Challenging; March 5 - 9, 2008
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Zach Ornitz and Boot Camp faculty member Scott Varley at the Fullerton College - Palomar football game during the Sports Shooter Academy Multimedia Boot Camp in November of 2007.
Are you looking for an opportunity to shoot real sports, become inspired, network and learn from some of the best working photographers today in a workshop environment that is both challenging and fun?

Sports Shooter Academy V will be held March 5 - 9, 2008 in Southern California and offers all of that and much, much more.

"It's real events, in real time, with real editors," said USA TODAY staff photographer Jack Gruber, a faculty member of SSA IV. "It's like an Olympics because there are multiple events in a day and you're going to edit on deadline. It shows you what it's like to work in real time, in the real world."

With the cooperation of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference, the shooting schedule for Sports Shooter Academy V will include:
* Men's basketball
* Women's basketball
* Baseball
* Track & field (Ben Brown Invitational)
* Softball (Long Beach Invitational Softball Tournament
* Tennis
* Water polo
* Men's volleyball

Also on the workshop shooting schedule will be events like beach volleyball, boxing and rugby.

Classroom sessions at previous workshops have included: using remotes, digital workflow, portrait lighting, arena lighting and sports picture stories.

The Academy faculty confirmed at this time includes:
* Matt Brown, Southern California freelance photographer
* Donald Miralle, Getty Images
* Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times
* Sean Haffey, San Diego Union-Tribune
* Michael Goulding, Orange County Register
* Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times
* Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY (and Sports Shooter founder)

Canon USA, Samy's Camera and Think Tank Photo have all committed to supporting Sports Shooter Academy V.

"It is wonderful that all of these companies share our desire for photography education," said Hanashiro, "Their support of this workshop helps make it accessible to those people that it would most help and is a tribute to their dedication to photographers, especially students."

Participants in the Sports Shooter Academy will have three full days of shooting events throughout Southern California. Faculty members will be present at all events, offering their insights, shooting tips and any other help participants need while covering these sports.

The evenings are spent editing the day's work, while receiving one-on-one critiques from the faculty and area photographers and picture editors. The best work of the day will be recognized during the daily slideshows. Prizes will be given out to the best photographs made daily and for the best work produced overall during The Academy.

"We try to make the experience at The Academy as educational and inspiring as possible," said Hanashiro, "We want the participants not just shooting photographs, but seeing things differently and really thinking about their approach to covering sports. That's why we're putting on this workshop and why we have such a great group of photographers on the faculty."

As an added bonus, the judging of the Sports Shooter Newsletter Annual Contest will be held in conjunction with SSA V. Participants in the workshop will be able to watch and listen as the workshop faculty critique the contest finalists and select the top sports photographs of the year. The open judging of the Annual Contest is always a great learning experience with lively debate, sharp comments and praise throughout the session.

Registration fees for the 5-day Sports Shooter Academy is $575 for professional photographers and $475 for full-time university and college students.

To apply for Sports Shooter Academy V, download an application form:

To see a few videos from last year's Academy click on these links:

More details on previous Sports Shooter Academy workshops are available at these links:

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