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|| News Item: Posted 2008-11-02

Sports Shooter News & Notes
By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Jordan Murph / Sports Shooter

Photo by Jordan Murph / Sports Shooter

Sports Shooter Academy faculty member Matt Brown talks to workshop participant Singh Prashant at Sports Shooter Academy III.
Sports Shooter Academy VI To Be Held April 8 - 12, 2009

Applications for the upcoming Sports Shooter Academy will be available in the next week to 10 days according to workshop director Robert Hanashiro.

"We are working out some details that we hope will be very exciting for everyone interested in attending this very cool workshop," Hanashiro said.

The Sports Shooter Academy is a hands-on workshop that gives participants an opportunity to cover NCAA Division I and other events in Southern California under the guidance of an award-winning faculty. SSA VI will be held April 8-12, 2009.

In addition to covering sports events, several classroom sessions will be part of the schedule with topics including location portrait lighting, digital workflow and setting up and using remote cameras.

Each evening, participants will edit their work under the guidance of the faculty, receiving one-on-one critiques. The best work of the day will be shown and awards will be given to the top photographs.

"Participants get world-class instruction and critiques of their real world sport coverage and portraiture for a bargain price when you compare it to any other workshop out there," said aid member and student Octavian Cantilli who attend SSA V and the recent Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp '08.

The Sports Shooter Academy is sponsored by Nikon. Other companies supporting the workshop are Think Tank Photo and Samy's Camera.

The Sports Shooter Academy was created by Southern California freelance photographer Matt Brown and Hanashiro, USA TODAY staff photographer and Sports Shooter founder. Their aim is to give students and working photographers an opportunity shoot real sports events under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photographers to learn new techniques, look at sports photography in a different way and to grow professionally. With the cooperation of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference, participants will shoot events at Cal State Fullerton, U.C. Irvine and Cal State Long Beach.

"When I think back at all of the great portfolio review, daily editing sessions and time just at an event or at dinner talking to these guys (on the workshop faculty) I can't stress how important opportunities like SSA are to you career," said member Allan Campbell from Eagle Web Press / Eagle Newspapers Inc.

"These sessions are not just some talking head at the front of the room and then you go out. These guys are there at the events pushing you to break past the limits of your gear, your creativity, even your abilities. They are trying to make you better."

Sports Shooter Academy links:


Samy's Camera, Nikon Host Olympic Photographers Night Nov. 6 In So Cal

A night of photography and conversation about covering the recent Beijing Summer Olympics will be held Nov. 6 in Southern California.

The panel of photographers for the event include Sports Illustrated's Robert Beck and John McDonough and Seattle Times staff photographer Rod Mar. Sports Shooter founder and USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro will moderate the panel.

The event, sponsored by Samy's Camera and Nikon, will be held at the Pacific Design Center, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

There will be a meet and greet with the photographers during a reception at 6:30pm and Nikon will be on hand with all their latest equipment. Following the lecture there will be a question and answer session with the photographers.

For more information about this event contact Meila Penn at or call 323-964-0323, ext. 205.

You can also see more details about the program here:

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