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|| News Item: Posted 2008-05-27

Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp Sept. 5 & 6, 2008
Football and location lighting topics for Southern California workshop.

By Sports Shooter Staff

Photo by Jordan Murph / Sports Shooter

Photo by Jordan Murph / Sports Shooter

San Jose State student and member Andew Villa shoots along the sidelines of a football game during the first Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp in the fall of 2007.
The next coolest photography event of the year will be in Southern California this Fall as the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp returns September 5 & 6, 2008.

The Boot Camp is a two-day hands-on, shooting education program with a different emphasis each day. Participants can register for single day or attend both days.

Day 1 on Friday September 5 will be a football workshop with participants shooting both "American football" and futball (aka: soccer). Boot Campers will cover the opening day of a college soccer tournament at Cal State Fullerton in the afternoon and in the evening, for those that want to shoot some football, we will lead a group to the Santa Ana Bowl for the Santa Ana College vs. Cypress College game. Because we will be shooting soccer, we will have a remotes class at the stadium prior to the start of the first game. The evening will be one-on-one editing and critique sessions with the workshop faculty and the best work from each participant will be shown and awards given out for the top photographs.

Day 2 on Saturday September 6 will be a day-long lighting workshop/shoot out. Participants will break in small groups of 6 - 8 and groups will rotate through different portrait scenarios. Athletes and models will be at different locations for the participants to pose and light under the guidance of the Boot Camp faculty. Lighting equipment from speedlites to studio strobes will be used to make portraits in the various set ups. The evening will be one-on-one editing and critiques with the workshop faculty and the best work from each participant will be shown and awards given out for the top photographs.

The Boot Camp faculty features: Robert Beck (Sports Illustrated staff photographer), Matt Brown (Southern California freelance photographer), Myung J. Chun (Los Angeles Times staff photographer) and Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY staff photographer). Additional faculty members will be announced soon!

The Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp is sponsored by Nikon and the company will have its latest digital cameras, lenses, speedlites and other accessories available for participants to check out to use during the workshop. Nikon personnel will be on hand to help participants with the loaner gear and answer questions.

Dyna-Lite, Samy's Camera and Think Tank Photo are Boot Camp supporters. Dyna-Lite will be providing some of their lighting equipment for participants to use during Saturday's lighting workshop. Samy's Camera will be providing registered participants a discount on any rental equipment during the workshop.

Registration fees for the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp are $175 for a single day and $275 for both days. Full-time college students receive a 10% discount.

To attend the Boot Camp, go here to download the application form:

The Boot Camp enrollment will be smaller than the 5-day Sports Shooter Academy, with the emphasis on smaller working groups. If you want to sharpen your skills in sports photography, learn about using remote cameras, improve your lighting skills, learn new techniques and have your work edited and evaluated by some of Southern California's top working photojournalists, the Sports Shooter Academy Boot Camp is the place you want to be September 5-6, 2008.

Sports Shooter educational programs are a great place to meet and network with fellow working professionals and students. For those that have not attended any of the various Sports Shooter educational programs, check out the workshop page on and check out the videos and information to get an idea of what the experience is like:

For any questions, contact workshop director Robert Hanashiro:

These workshops are intended to be not only educational, informational and inspirational ... but also FUN!

Related Links:
Boot Camp application form

Related Email Addresses: 
Robert Hanashiro:

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