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Is Anyone Here???
Michael Augustin, Photographer
Frisco | TX | USA | Posted: 9:41 AM on 12.14.21
->> My membership renewed recently and I realized that I have been away from SS for quite some time because the site became stale. I was shocked at what I saw when I took a recent look at the SS site.

Looking at the Member Index, it appears that there are only 220 of us active members left. The "Current Issue" of the Newsletter is from 2015. Of the 100 messages on page 1 of the Message Board, only 20 are from 2021. Some go back to 2018.

Is SS still relevant?

Seems like the different sports photography sites on social media have taken over.

Yes, the compensation decline for sports photography forced a lot of great shooters to go elsewhere. Some of us still have team gigs that is just supplemental income (beer money).

To my point, let's see how many responses this thread gets...
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Jesse Beals, Photographer
Silverdale | WA | USA | Posted: 4:54 AM on 12.18.21
->> Yeah this site died about 4 years ago.
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Vincent Johnson, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 11:40 PM on 12.19.21
->> Yes and no. I'd say we are here, but just not as active. Still fun to submit stuff for the clips contest and that alone is worth the $25.

But yeah, kinda wish somebody would pass the baton on running the site.
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Steve Daggs, Photographer
Washington | IL | USA | Posted: 1:07 AM on 12.22.21
->> I was fairly active up to 2012 and drifted away for a variety of reasons. I am now retired and have done some work for GateHouse Media / Gannett and for an area college athletics department. So I came back a few months ago and was surprised at the level of inactivity.

I was also active on Photo.net for a long time too. I don't visit there much. If I have a question on something, I Google it rather than post here or Photo.net because in could be weeks before anyone responds.

I'm with Vincent on management of the site. It was designed probably 20 years ago and not much has changed. Personally, I would like to be able to post larger images and have improved navigation in that area. There are a lot of areas that could use some updating.

For $25 a year, I'll hang around a while and will try to do more updates and posting on the message board.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 9:27 AM on 12.30.21
->> I tried my best to stir up some interest, but nothing much happened. Over so many decades, I learned so much here, and it's a shame that the place is now so quiet.

The $25/year is nothing, but I so enjoyed reading active discussions here, along with all the rest.

Maybe all members could get an email once a week or once a month, saying what has been happening since their last visit?

To answer your question, for several weeks I was "here", but then I guess with so little activity, I sort of dozed off....
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Carl Auer, Photographer
Golden | CO | USA | Posted: 7:39 PM on 12.30.21
->> Still here. Family then Covid took me away for a while but working my way back to shooting daily.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Nashville | TN | USA | Posted: 9:54 PM on 12.30.21
->> Still here, wish it was still as active as it was. This place was such a great source of knowledge back in the day. Nothing has really replaced it either. Yeah, there are some Facebook groups, but most seem to be full of very vocal people who have tons of opinions but little actual experience.
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Vincent Johnson, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 11:58 AM on 01.02.22
->> Crazy idea, but if if a few of us could talk the original creator into at least letting us have the keys to drive (not looking for ownership), maybe we could breathe a little life back into it.

I mean that email once a month reminder alone should get a few folks back on the regular. Plus I know tons of people are looking for alternatives to Facebook groups for the very reason Andrew mentioned.

I'm in.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer, Photo Editor
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 4:18 PM on 01.03.22
->> I'm still around, but only check-in a couple times a month since activity is so low.
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Eric Thieszen, Photographer
Mooresville | IN | USA | Posted: 9:41 PM on 01.04.22
->> I'm still here and check things out once a month. I too miss the good ole days of swapping info on gear, venues, and the friends we've made.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 9:45 PM on 01.07.22
->> There are ten of us participating in this message - if we continue to post, others may join in as well. If enough "new" information starts to be posted on a routine basis, the place could recover.

As for me, I'm not doing much "sports photography" any more, but I'm doing a lot of photography - using my new and old cameras, scanning my old 35mm film negatives, and so on. Maybe I should try to post my own questions here, instead of the forums I mostly use nowadays.
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Michael Augustin, Photographer
Frisco | TX | USA | Posted: 7:54 AM on 03.05.22
->> Consensus:
SportsShooter is DOA.
Put a fork in it...Gone.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CINCINNATI | OH | USA | Posted: 1:30 PM on 03.09.22
->> I agree, maybe some of us can take over the admin of it. I am sure we all know people that can provide helpful articles now and again...
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | | Posted: 1:29 PM on 03.11.22
->> Nice to see Wally volunteering to take over!
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CINCINNATI | OH | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 03.18.22
->> Fiiiisshhh!
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 12:40 PM on 03.23.22
->> WOW just looked at the members page and where there used to be over 10-12 pages at a 100 photographers listed per page now there is only about 1.5 pages . I would love to see someone take this page over. ADMINS are you willing??
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Steve Russell, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 3:15 PM on 03.23.22
->> I think the site needs a bigger social media presence.
There is a clip contest, 13 photos place a month, be good to sprinkle those through the month to build a little presence on instagram and twitter.
Maybe offer some TikTok content with it as well?

Any other ideas?
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Billy Suratt, Photographer, Photo Editor
Owensboro | KY | United States of America | Posted: 5:58 AM on 08.15.22
->> Patiently waiting for a Sports Shooter podcast.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 8:32 AM on 09.17.22
->> I'm still here.

It's like visiting an empty closet, lots of memories, but....
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