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|| News Item: Posted 2011-05-15

SSA Lighting Luau Wrap Up
By Sports Shooter Newsletter Staff

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Portraits by members Michael Miller (left photo) and Jeannette Merten (right photo) were selected the top photographs made during the recent Sports Shooter Academy Lighting Luau.
Portraits by members Jeannette Merten and Michael Miller were selected the top photographs made during the recent Sports Shooter Academy Lighting Luau.

The 2-day portrait lighting workshop held in Southern California featured lectures and shooting sessions geared to getting participants to better understand light, learned new techniques, become confident in using strobes and work with their subjects.

Merten and Miller each won an Orbis ringflash.

“On the first day, we all went around the room and introduced ourselves, but also said our goals for the workshop, “said Michael McNamara, “The reasons people gave for attending were really broad and across the board, but in two days, I know that everybody got a lot out of the workshop, no matter what their backgrounds or prior knowledge of lighting were.”

San Diego-based photographer Tim Mantoani was the workshop’s featured speaker Friday evening in a session opened to the public that attracted an additional two dozen local students and photographers.

“Tim Mantoani gave a fantastic presentation on Friday evening and gave us a memorable quote, ‘Quit if you can,’ I can’t,” said workshop participant David Bernel, “Tim also challenged us to begin work on a personal project, ‘work on something you are passionate about’. When I arrived home on Sunday, I couldn’t wait, I started working on a project that came to mind a few weeks earlier.”

The Sports Shooter Academy Lighting Luau was sponsored by Nikon, Orbis, Honl Photo, Dynalight and Lumondi.

Photo by Jordan Murph, Sports Shooter Inc.

Photo by Jordan Murph, Sports Shooter Inc.

Lighting Luau featured speaker Tim Mantoani helps UCLA student Maya Sugarman during a shoot.
Workshop faculty and staff included: Matt Brown, Michael Goulding, David Honl, Myung J. Chun, Robert Hanashiro, Jordan Murph, Crystal Chatham, Susanica Tam and Rafael Delgado. Surprise guest was Seattle-based photographer Rod Mar.

“The Lighting Luau was successful because the participants came into this with open minds and were all eager to learn,” said Hanashiro the workshop director and Sports Shooter founder, “Working on location with the participants was enlightening and invigorating…this was a great experience for everyone.”

To see a gallery of photographs made at the Sports Shooter Lighting Luau, go to this link:

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