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|| News Item: Posted 2008-05-28

Leading Off: Pop Quiz
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Brad Mangin

Photo by Brad Mangin

Who is your favorite San Francisco Giant? Bobby Bonds, left, gives some batting tips to Will Clark prior to a 1988 game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
I have been reading the Message Board and have received a lot of mail recently from photographers, which has made me think about ... what is a "Sports Shooter"?

It's been a while, but here is another Sports Shooter Quiz.

Answer these fun questions, add up your score (the number corresponding with the answer to each question) and check out where you stand in Sports Shooter-Land!

My favorite movie of all-time is:
1) Anything with Adam Sandler
2) The Eyes of Laura Mars
3) Apocalypse Now
4) Blade Runner
5) Rear Window

Paying your dues means:
1) Working at Ritz Camera at the mall
2) Buying a 300 2.8
3) Buying a 400 2.8
4) Having 4 or 5 newspaper internships while in college
5) Working at a small paper or two for a few years

My Favorite television show is:
1) American Idol
2) Anything starring Rachael Ray
3) Desperate Housewives
4) Any CSI show
5) Anything on the Discovery Channel (MythBusters"; "Dirty Jobs"; "Deadliest Catch"; "Man Vs. Wild, etc.)

I enter these contests:
1) BOP
2) POYi
3) Press photographers' organization monthly clip contest
4) Sports Shooter contests (monthly clips; student portfolio; annual contest)
5) All of the above/none of the above

"B Roll" and "Jump Cut" refers to:
1) Cosmetic surgery
2) Sushi
3) My driving skills
4) Something to do with cleaning a Wing-Lynch processor
5) My new job

Last night I had for dinner:
1) Instant noodles in a cup
2) "Lean Cuisine"
3) Fast food drive through window
4) A PowerBar and Gatorade
5) Whatever was served in the pressroom

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Sports Illustrated's Robert Beck, left, and Nikon's Ronal Taniwaki chimp- but only to check exposure.
I am shooting with:
1) A Canon Mark III
2) A Canon Mark III/sub mirror fix
3) A Canon Mark III/"blue dot"
4) A Canon Mark III/"beige dot"
5) I'm still looking for the box

My favorite f-stop is:
1) Don't know, I use the "Program" mode
2) f/8
3) f/5.6
4) f/4 (f/2.8 with a 1.4 tele-converter)
5) Wide open

When I am covering a game I am:
1) Jubing and rooting for my favorite team
2) Shooting cheerleaders whenever I can
3) Chimping whenever I can
4) Chimping but telling everyone I'm "checking my exposure"
5) Worrying whether my remotes are firing

My favorite San Francisco Giant is:
1) Barry Bonds
2) Dave Kingman
3) Bobby Bonds
4) Hal Lanier
5) Dick Deitz

Add up your score and here is the scale:
1-15: Don't give up that day job.
11-20: You use a 70-200 zoom on a monopod don't you?
21-30: Need to check out the shooting sports videos on the Canon website
31-40: Think Tank Photo gear was in your letter to Santa last year.
40-44: Crop a litter tighter!
45-50: You're a Sports Shooter Big Kahuna!

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Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro / Sports Shooter

Sports Illustrated's John McDonough worries about his remotes before, during and after the game.
The Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp is returning this September to Southern California with a little bit of a twist. This year we decided to break this workshop into two separate programs, each with a specific topic.

The Boot Camp will be held September 5 & 6, with Day 1 focusing on shooting futball and football and Day 2 concentrating on portraits and location lighting.

Friday September 5, the workshop will start off with classroom sessions and in the afternoon participants will cover a college soccer tournament at Cal State Fullerton and in the evening will move over to a junior college football game. An extensive remote class will be held on the field before the start of the soccer tournament, with the faculty helping workshop participants install remotely triggered cameras behind and around the goals.

Saturday September 6, the Boot Camp will start off in the morning with a classroom demo, but most of the day, participants will be shooting portraits of various athletes under the guidance of the faculty. A wide variety of lighting techniques will be taught and an assortment of lighting equipment will be used in these shooting sessions.

Each evening of the Boot Camp participants will edit their work and receive one-on-one critiques from the faculty. The best work by participants will be displayed in a slideshow and prizes will be awarded to the top work.

Nikon will be sponsoring the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp and will have their latest digital cameras, lenses, speedlites and other accessories for workshop participants to check out and use. Nikon will also have personnel on site to help participants with the equipment and answer any questions.

Other supporters of the Boot Camp are: Dyna-Lite, Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera.

For more details about the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp, go to this link to a story on the website:

These workshops intended to be instructional, inspirational, educational and most of all a lot of FUN! If you want to sharpen up your sports shooting skills, learn and try out new lighting techniques, have your work edited and evaluated by some of the top working photojournalists in Southern California, meet students and photographers from around the country ... join me for a fun weekend in So Cal September 5 & 6!

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Issue #111 leads off with a topic that is discussed (or rather argued) by many people at many different levels of photography. Southern California freelance photographer Matt Brown writes about ... no, RANTS is a better word...about the proliferation of free photographs.

Photo by

Robert Hanashiro judges the BOP contest in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The newspaper industry is struggling, journalists are losing their jobs or simply taking buyouts and walking away. Arizona photographer Jared Dort writes about leaving newspapers and his journey back to working on a newspaper staff.

Robert Scheer of the Indianapolis Star gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his 6-week assignment in Iraq with a local National Guard unit.

This is election year and we have two articles about politics by photographers with new books coming out. Pete Souza writes about chronicling Barack Obama's career and Bill Eppridge gives us a look at the difference between covering politics in 1968 and 2008.

Paul Myers writes a deeply personal column about life, photography and the "Five W's ... this is must-read folks!

We have several cool tech pieces, one by Greg Cooper on the importance of building and maintaining a personal archive of your work and John Todd writes about his good but simple digital workflow. George Bridges writes this issue's "Ask Sports Shooter" column and answers a question on Levels and Curves.

Frequent contributor Dan Powers writes about a new feature at his newspaper that has introduced new storytelling methods and acknowledges that newspaper photographers' jobs are changing.

And Sports Shooter Equipment Notes checks out the latest in Strobist lighting techniques: Grids for your speedlites.

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Two books on Asian culture and Chinese food are on my nightstand this month: Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop and Jennifer 8 Lee's The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food.

What's on high rotation on iTunes this month includes: Live From Austin by Neko Case; KT Tunstall's Drastic Fantastic and a wonderful, highly recommended box set collection, Wanda Jackson's Right Or Wrong.

I hope you enjoy Sports Shooter #111!

As always, thanks to Special Advisors & Contributors: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Rod Mar, Trent Nelson, Jason Burfield, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen, Paul Myers and Bob Deutsch.

Thanks this month to: Matt Brown, Jared Dort, Robert Scheer, Bill Eppridge, Pete Souza, George Bridges, Greg Cooper, Dan Powers and John Todd.

I welcome any comments, corrections, suggestions and contributions. Please e-mail me at

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