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|| News Item: Posted 2011-12-12

Sports Shooter Academy IX to be held April 26-29, 2012
And the return of the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Newsletter

Photo by Jordan Murph/Sports Shooter, Inc.

Photo by Jordan Murph/Sports Shooter, Inc.

A general view of an editing and critique session during Sports Shooter Academy VII.
THE coolest sports photography event of the year returns to Southern California next spring.

Sports Shooter Academy IX, a hands-on, shooting workshop, will be held April 26-29, 2012. This is a slight change in our usual schedule, but we thought it worth it because it will give participants another full day of great sports photography to learn and become inspired through.

Sports we are planning on having on the schedule include: baseball, track & field, horse racing, boxing, lacrosse, beach volleyball, surfing and swimming & diving.

The lineup of instructors for this workshop, lead by SSA co-founder Matt Brown include: -Dave Black (Colorado-based freelance photographer) -Rod Mar (Seattle Seahawks & Sounders team photographer) -Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times) -John McDonough (Sports Illustrated) -Shawn Cullen (Sports Illustrated) -Myung J. Chun (Los Angeles Times) -Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY)

Each day workshop participants will cover various sports events under the guidance of the SSA faculty. Instructors will help participants with ideas for covering events, shooting positions, helping with remote cameras, lens selection and other insightful tips. Each evening the faculty will help participants edit their work through one-on-one critiques. These editing and critique sessions are often the highlight of the workshop for participants.

Nikon is the primary sponsor of Sports Shooter Academy IX.

Samy’s Camera is also providing funding and support of the workshop.

Other companies supporting SSA IX include: -Think Tank Photo -liveBooks -LPA Designs (maker of Pocket Wizard products) -HonlPhoto

To attend Sports Shooter Academy IX, complete and submit the on-line application form:

The application includes a short essay, please use this space to tell the workshop faculty and administrators your photography background, what you hope to get out of attending The Academy and your goals in photography.

A portfolio is also required to apply. Sports Shooter members can simply create a “Hidden Gallery”. Non-members should include a link to a gallery of their work. These galleries do not have to be exclusively sports photographs and should display your talent and experience level. You should have a minimum of 12 images in your gallery submission. (Check out the cool promotional video for SSA IX: .)

Photo by Joe Lorenzini

Photo by Joe Lorenzini

The Orange Coast College women's water polo team vs Golden West was one of the events students covered during the Sports Shooter Academy Vlll.
Registration fees for SSA IX: $750 (Sports Shooter members in good standing) $825 (non-Sports Shooter members)

Students accepted into the workshop will be able to attend tuition-free through funding from Nikon, USA. (You must be a full-time college/university student to attend this workshop.)

For more news about THE coolest sports photography event of 2012, keep checking the SSA website (, Sports Shooter ( and the SSA Facebook page (

On April 25 I will be holding a one-day event of cool lectures, classes, gear and fun, The Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau Jr.

As of this writing classes include: -DAVE BLACK will present a program on his unique brand of sports photography using high-shutter speed strobe sync.

- MYUNG J. CHUN, Emmy Award-winning photojournalist from the Los Angeles Times will be conducting a class on the basics of DSLR video.

- ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY West Coast Staff Photographer, will discuss using speedlights for portrait shoots of celebrities and athletes including showing various small-strobe modifiers. Also a live demo shoot --- from set up to finished images -- will be conducted.

Additions to the program will be announced when they are confirmed.

Nikon will also be conducting a FREE clean & check clinic for attendees (a DSLR sensor cleaning alone is worth $40) and will be showing off their NEWEST (hint, hint) digital cameras, lenses and accessories.

Samy’s Camera and HonlPhoto will also be open for business on site, offering participants special pricing on gear throughout the day. Other companies participating will be announced as they are confirmed.

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Sports Shooter Academy IX participants will be able to attend the Workshop & Luau Junior FOR FREE and with special reserved seating. So essentially if you arrive Wednesday for SSA IX it turns into a FIVE-DAY workshop instead of four!

For those not attending Sports Shooter Academy IX, you will be able to register to attend the Workshop & Luau Jr. There will be special discounted pricing for this event for college & university students.

More details on the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau Jr. will be announced in the coming weeks.

THE coolest sports photography event of the year got even COOLER!

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