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|| News Item: Posted 2003-04-01

Sports Shooter News & Notes
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Summit Workshop Details Announced

Rich Clarkson & Associates has announced the dates and details for its Summit Series of photography workshops including the 18-year old Sports Photography Workshop. The latest addition to the series is the Digital Summit, to be held in Jackson Hole, Wy. April 27-May 3.

The workshop is the first of three in the Summit Series. In June, the Sports Photography Workshop takes place at the United States Olympic Headquarters in Colorado Spring and in October, the Photography at the Summit returns to Jackson Hole.

The Digital Summit will feature a faculty of 12 photographers, editors including "digital guru" Rob Galbraith, creative director of Adobe Russell Brown and dean of the Yale school of art Richard Benson.

Other participant scheduled to attend include: photographers Jay Maisel, Chris Johns, James Balog, Tom Mangelsen and James Alinder and the editors-in-chief of the National Geographic magazine, Bill Allen and American Photo, David Schonauer, along with author and art critic of the New York Times, Vicki Goldberg.

"These workshops combine the best instruction available anywhere in new digital techniques along with a continued emphasis on creativity, originality and quality," says Rich Clarkson, the founder of the workshops.

"Photojournalists need to think of their work beyond the first use on a page," says Clarkson, "and we often see wonderful photographs that are worthy of a gallery wall."

In addition to the practical instruction, Clarkson points out the networking and friendships that can take place over the week make these workshops unique.

Also on hand will be several manufacturers to outfit all participants with equipment Nikon, as part of their Spirit Initiative program will furnish all participants with the latest digital cameras and lenses to use for the week. Apple computer and Epson will also be on hand to provide service and information of its products.

Information can be had at or by calling 1-800-745-3211.

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Prep For War, Part II
By John Makely, The Baltimore Sun

I just wanted to second the recommendations on Vince Laforet's packing list for the Middle East (Sports Shooter v.52)

I'm in Kuwait at the moment and I also went through the excellent Centurion course, which they also offer in Virginia one week per month.

(Editor's note: John is currently in Iraq.)

Check out their website :

A few things I didn't see on his list that I would add for your readers:

The Nera World Communicator satellite phone sends high speed at about 64k, has a tri fold antenna and can be used to send video if necessary, priced at about $10k also runs up to ten bucks a minute depending on your plan....

Also: a Bivy sack for your sleeping bag, basically giving you some netting over your face to keep away the sand flies...

a red filter over your Petzl headlamp, makes it easier for your eyes to adjust from light to dark.

Small white trash bags - put clean sets of clothes in bags, so if everything is trashed you've got something to change into. Likewise for gear.

We're trying out the AquaTech rain covers to use against the dust, with a few modifications they might work, but kind of difficult to get a grab shot with.

Cash... don't even come over here without a few grand in your pocket. They do take American Express in the larger shops, and Visa everywhere, but when the shit hits the fan the phones will go down. Then what do you do?

Basically, if you think you might need it, buy it in the states... because everything is more expensive here, if you do find what you need it will cost more. One journalist I know just spent over $500 for a kevlar helmet that you can mail-order in the U.S. for $110.

Another source : for gas masks, bio suits etc.

Very smart and helpful staff, in fact the owner of the site drove my order to the airport FedEx on a Saturday so i could get it in hand on Monday morning. I would suggest the SGE Advantage 1000 mask, be sure to get additional 40mm cartridges.

(John Makely is a staff photographer with The Baltimore Sun.)

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Intense Moments: Photographing Sports

Sports Illustrated staff photographer and Sports Shooter contributor Peter Read Miller in conjunction with Working with Artists Photographic Workshops will be conducting a 4-day workshop on Sports Photography, May 1-4 in Denver, Co.

"Intense Moments" Photographing Sports" will include lectures, personal instruction and actual shooting.

Peter has worked for Sports Illustrated for over 20 years, with over 85 covers to his credit. In addition to shooting 25 Super Bowls, he has covered 14 NBA Finals, six Olympics, the Stanley Cup Final, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, the NCAA Final Four, Men's and Women's World Cup Soccer and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

Peter has been an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Rich Clarkson's Sports Photography Workshop in Colorado Springs. I thought of a few other things to add to the bio. Peter has also been a guest speaker at UCLA, San Jose State, the University of Tennessee and The Eastman Kodak Corporate Headquarters in Rochester, NY. Peter lives in Manhattan Beach, California. Samples of his work can be seen at

Workshop topics will include:

- Camera and lens selection
- Angles and positioning for various sports
- Use of remotes
- Exposure for night and indoor events
- The action portrait
- Use of strobes for indoor events
- The business aspects of sports photography
- How Sports Illustrated covers an event
- Covering the Olympics

Mornings will be devoted to slide shows, lecture, discussion and demonstration. In the afternoons students will have the opportunity to photograph various amateur athletes and sporting events in and around the Denver area. Participant work will be reviewed each morning.

For registration and information: call 303.477.5128 OR 303.870.2408 or email:

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In issue v.52 there was a reference that there were only two photographers that captured Giants' outfielder Reggie Sanders balanced on his head as he tries to make a catch against the Dodgers, with Keith Birmingham's version winning Picture of the Year in the Annual Sports Shooter Contest.

There was a third photographer, from the Los Angeles Times, that also captured the moment. We regret any confusion.

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