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THE coolest sports photography event of the year: SSA VIII.
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:03 PM on 05.17.11
->> Applications are now being accepted for Sports Shooter Academy VIII.

For details and a link to the application page, go to the workshop website:
http://sportsshooteracademy.com/

SSA VIII will be held in Orange County, CA, Sept. 21-24.

If you want an insider's look at what the SSA experience is like, check out this cool video by Myung J. Chun:
http://sportsshooteracademy.com/videos/two-students/

MAHALO!
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Jack Megaw, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | America | Posted: 1:56 PM on 05.17.11
->> After going last year I came back so inspired and saw a massive change for the good in how I do my photography and in the images I create. SSA VII was such an incredible experience and I'm applying to go back again for SSA VIII.

I would absolutely recommend it for all of you who haven't been before and I can't wait to go again!

-Jack
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 8:16 PM on 05.18.11
->> I 'm looking forward to this Academy already.

One can not beat the deal when compared to other workshops.
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Michael Chen, Assistant, Photographer
Saratoga | CA | USA | Posted: 11:54 PM on 05.18.11
->> Bert is not exaggerating when he calls these things THE coolest sports photography event of the year.

For those who are thinking about attending, but have doubts:

Don't gripe about the cost of the hotel, of traveling to the workshop (and for non-students, of attending). Like Rafael said, the workshop really is a great deal compared to many other workshops.

Don't gripe about the fact that it's not in your backyard. There are many very good reasons the workshop is in SoCal; without the great relationships that Bert, Matt, and Co. have formed the kind of access that you are allowed at these workshops would not be possible. Hey, if Harry Engels can hop across the pond to attend SSA, anything is possible.

Besides, where would you rather hang out with other photographers? Somewhere close to home, or Orange County in sunny Southern California?

Yes, it still is a significant amount of money, but in the long run the money you spend on the workshop will be worth it. I strongly recommend doing everything in your power to put together the money to attend at least one SSA.

What can you get for the cost of SSA? A D300 or equivalent? If you wake up early to get a good spot in line for loaner equipment, you can borrow that camera or lens that you chose to put off buying from Nikon. The lessons you'll take home from SSA will do much more for you than a new 16-35mm.

You won't regret it. If you've got the gumption to scrape together the money despite financial adversity, you will put in enough to the workshop to make it worth your while.

I've been to 2 SSAs, and the recent SSA Lighting Luau. If I can maneuver some pending family obligations around this coming workshop in the fall, I'll be applying to attend this one as well. I've learned so much each time, and sooner or later I'll have this whole photography thing figured out to some extent... ;-)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:49 AM on 05.24.11
->> I've received numerous emails about how many spots there are in this workshop...

SSA VIII will be significantly smaller than the previous workshops. This is especially the case with the student spots that are tuition - free (thank you Nikon!).

We will begin sending out confirmation notices at the end of this week for those that have been accepted into this workshop.

Once all of the spots are filled, we will begin a waiting list.

Mahalo!
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Justin Pugh, Photographer, Student/Intern
Newport Beach | CA | | Posted: 3:11 PM on 06.01.11
->> Just got my acceptance! Couldn't be anymore excited!
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Ethan Klosterman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Dayton | Ohio | | Posted: 3:22 PM on 06.01.11
->> Me too! Looking forward to it!
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Daniel Mullan, Student/Intern, Photographer
Plymouth | Devon | UK | Posted: 6:47 AM on 06.02.11
->> Got my confirmation as well. Looking forward to heading across the water for an awesome few days.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:33 PM on 06.02.11
->> Another SSA participant from the U.K.!

The Sports Shooter Academy has truly become international. Daniel is one of several applicants from outside the U.S. --- we have applications from students or photographers from Italy, several from Canada and Singapore.

We are still accepting applications, so if you want to attend THE coolest sports photography event of the year, I suggest submitting your app sooner rather than later.

Mahalo!
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Jabin Botsford, Student/Intern, Photographer
Bowling Green | KY | United States | Posted: 2:46 PM on 06.02.11
->> Got my acceptance! Super exited!
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Jeff Gammons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Niceville | Fl | USA | Posted: 2:54 PM on 06.02.11
->> Got my e-mail yesterday too, already looking at flights. So ready for September to roll around...
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Scott Randle, Photographer
Big Rapids | MI | U.S.A. | Posted: 4:40 PM on 06.02.11
->> Got my acceptance email yesterday. I am looking forward to attending this September.
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Luke Johnson, Photographer, Student/Intern
St.Petersburg | FL | USA | Posted: 4:54 PM on 06.02.11
->> Got my email!
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 5:10 PM on 06.02.11
->> I waiting on my email. I hope I get in.
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Dirk Weaver, Photographer, Assistant
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 5:17 PM on 06.02.11
->> Good luck Matt...
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Mat Boyle, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pitman | NJ | United States | Posted: 6:20 PM on 06.02.11
->> Got my email. I'll see everyone in September.
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Will Schneekloth, Photographer
Piscataway | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:14 AM on 06.03.11
->> Got mine as well! Mat Boyle we'll have to meet up! Garden State represent!
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Jack Megaw, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 06.03.11
->> Just received my acceptance email for SSA VIII! Absolutely cannot wait to attend the coolest sports photography event of the year!

See you all there!
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Michael Lopez, Student/Intern
Ventura | Ca | USA | Posted: 2:27 AM on 06.04.11
->> Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am fortunate enough to have been accepted in to the Sports Shooter VIII.

On Sept 21st-24th I will learn from the best... and learn as much as I can.

Thank you Sports Shooter....
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Dan Wozniak, Photographer
Arlington | TX | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 06.04.11
->> I received my acceptance email and I am really looking forward to attending this workshop. See everyone there.
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Megan Stearman, Photographer
Bowling Green | KY | U.S.A. | Posted: 11:47 AM on 06.06.11
->> I have received my acceptance email and I am very excited to do this, but I am really nervous about it also. This would be an amazing opportunity for me! If anyone has any advice for a newcomer please don't hesitate to share :)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:46 PM on 06.09.11
->> Have have a great mix of participants in The Academy!

Several emails I have received in the past couple of days asking about SSA VIII --- yes, we still have some openings.

So if you want to attend THE coolest sports photography event of the year, as we say: It's best to apply sooner rather than later!

Mahalo.
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Jeff Gammons, Student/Intern, Photographer
Niceville | Fl | USA | Posted: 12:09 AM on 06.10.11
->> Well the room is booked, looks like luke and I are crashing together for the weekend. Can't wait for this to roll around!
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Michael Lopez, Student/Intern
Ventura | Ca | USA | Posted: 12:36 AM on 06.10.11
->> Are we supposed to book the rooms?

Ok I feel silly now, do I book my own room and say I am attending SSA VIII?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 4:17 AM on 07.05.11
->> Hey Matt!

Did you get in?
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 4:18 AM on 07.05.11
->> I think you, Rod Mar and John McDonough got into SSA VIII ok...
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 11:54 AM on 07.05.11
->> I'm in! I'm rooming with Johnny Mac. The remotes class is going to be fun. Can't wait for football game on Saturday.
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David Scott, Photographer
Portland | OR | US | Posted: 2:45 PM on 07.05.11
->> I attended a workshop long long ago and I was one of the youngest attendees. I have a feeling I may be the oldest this time around. :)

-- Dave
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Jordan Murph, Photographer, Assistant
Honolulu & San Diego | HI/CA | USA | Posted: 4:02 PM on 07.05.11
->> This will be a really great weekend! There is a lot of cool stuff in store for you participants. The stories, banter, and answers to your questions that you will hear from the faculty are worth the trip alone.

Looking forward to meeting you all

Don't forget about the burger meet up too!
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Steven Limentani, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | United States | Posted: 7:36 PM on 07.05.11
->> David, you are not even close! :)
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Daniel Mullan, Student/Intern, Photographer
Plymouth | Devon | UK | Posted: 12:44 PM on 07.07.11
->> Flights all booked. Can't wait.

Now to see how much gear I can cram into my TT International.
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David Pointon, Photographer
Woodbury | MN | USA | Posted: 4:25 PM on 07.07.11
->> So how disadvataged will I be if I use canon instead of Nikon. I see that they sponsor a lot for this even? Also do i need a laptop?
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Will Schneekloth, Photographer
Piscataway | NJ | USA | Posted: 7:37 PM on 07.07.11
->> David - you can still borrow Nikon gear even if you're a Canon shooter regularly - the only disadvantage is you're limited to your personal gear or any Canon rental gear you might bring. Nikon brings a full flight of their telephoto lenses and professional bodies, so if you don't have a telephoto or super-wide or something it'll be nice to borrow some of their's. The learning curve isn't too steep, just remember that everything (almost literally everything) is backwards from zoom to focus rings and on-camera controls.

You 100% need a laptop. There are no computers provided and you'll need to edit and process your images for nightly critiques, which is where a lot of the real learning comes from IMO.

Booked up the flight, hotel and rental car in the past couple of days. Can't wait!
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:20 PM on 07.20.11
->> Woo Hoo I am in! Off to look at flights, etc.
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Shawn Cullen, Assistant
San Diego | CA | | Posted: 4:32 PM on 07.21.11
->> Robert,
As you know I will be attending SSA VIII, but are you still accepting applications? Or is it to late for people to still apply?
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Lee-Huang Chen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Anaheim | CA | US | Posted: 7:55 PM on 07.21.11
->> Have fun everybody!!! I really wish I can attend.
To all the faculty, I really miss you all!!!
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 8:19 AM on 07.22.11
->> I have no idea whether there are any spots left, but if you are holding off because of the cost of flying you may want to actually check the rates to SNA. $300 round trip from Nashville or Atlanta right now, I was ready to fork over a bunch more than that :)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 6:14 AM on 07.25.11
->> There are non-student spots available in THE coolest sports photography event of the year.

We are about two months out from SSA VIII and if you what to attend, you better apply sooner rather than later!

Students: We are accepting applications but at the moment just for the waiting list. Any openings due to dropouts ell be filled from the waiting list. (And there was a drop this morning.)

We have a wonderful 4-days of photography, education, inspiration and fun in story ...so check out the details at SportsShooterAcademy.com and at our new Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sports-Shooter-Academy/218332281520720?sk=wal... .
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:22 PM on 07.25.11
->> And students that still want to attend Sports Shooter Academy VIII ... a little hint:

Keep checking the SSA Facebook page for some news on how you can attend THE coolest sports photography event of the year!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sports-Shooter-Academy/218332281520720?sk=wal...
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John Middlebrook, Photographer
Frederick | MD | US | Posted: 10:54 PM on 08.05.11
->> Just got notified that I am in and can't wait. I have already booked my hotel and flight, 30 minutes after the email. A little excited?
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John Middlebrook, Photographer
Frederick | MD | US | Posted: 11:23 PM on 08.05.11
->> OK, a newbie to traveling (in air) with big glass. I am planning on bringing a packed Airport Security bag with three bodies, lenses, flashes, remotes, etc. I also want to bring my 400 2.8 in it's big case. I am also thinking I should bring some clothes for the week. How would you pack and what would you send where?
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Shawn Cullen, Assistant
San Diego | CA | | Posted: 7:08 PM on 08.06.11
->> John,
This would be a great question to post in the Google Group for the workshop. Almost every single person attending the workshop will be traveling with their equipment and you can get suggestion from them or at least bounce some ideas around. Depending on what suggestions you have received so far.

You can ship to the hotel, or there are at least 2 FedEx Office Centers with in 2 miles that you can ship Express Air or Ground to, and have them hold it for pick up.
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John Middlebrook, Photographer
Frederick | MD | US | Posted: 11:10 PM on 08.06.11
->> Shawn, thanks. I did not have access to the Google group until today so will do.
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 4:39 PM on 08.07.11
->> John get on the group and stay on the group. We are a couple weeks out people, you better get your game faces on. Hit the track and put some miles on those feet. You need to start sleeping 4 maybe 5 hours a day. Eat and drive at the same time. Have your camera with you 24 hours a day.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:37 PM on 08.08.11
->> Actually we're about 7 weeks out ... but it is coming up quickly!

A couple of cool announcements were posted on the new SSA Facebook page:
- LiveBooks has agreed to become a corporate supporter of the SSA.

- We have added LA Times award-winning staff photographer Wally Skalij to our lineup of instructors.

Mahalo!
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Carrie Jesenovec, Photographer, Student/Intern
North Hollywood | ca | | Posted: 11:57 AM on 08.12.11
->> I just found out that I'm in the workshop, and am so excited!!! I have read all the posts and can't wait to meet you all!
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Rod Mar, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:36 PM on 08.12.11
->> Just got back from shooting a football game San Diego and met with Bert and Christy where we discussed the upcoming SSA VIII.

All I can say is that they, along with Matt Brown and the rest of the staff have planned a GREAT event and I'm psyched to be part of it.

Also saw S.I.'s John McDonough, and he's equally excited to join the faculty as well.

Those of you who have taken the initiative to move your careers forward by attending will not be disappointed.

See you all next month!
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