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|| News Item: Posted 2012-10-01

Another Damned List

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

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Is your photo studio located in a department store?
Photography has changed tremendously in just a few short years. Pros now compete with anyone with a camera … from those whose only skills are the ability to afford a 400mm lens and having a thumb to use on the AF button to anyone with a cellphone camera.

I had a discussion recently with colleagues about the new definition of “professional photographer.” The words were flying, as were the venom and also the resignation that things might not change for the better.

So with apologies to Dave Letterman --- here is a list that I came up with (tongue firmly in cheek):

Top 10 Ways You Know You're A "Professional" Sports Photographer

10) Your studio is located next to a department store children’s clothing section

9) Your photography inspiration is a magazine article titled: “Sports Photography Made Easy”

8) "P" is your favorite camera setting

7) You have your barber shave “Canon" into the side of your head once a week

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6) Every time you hear the word "Kobe" in a Japanese steakhouse, you jump up and yell "Go Lakers"

5) You have $15k worth of video hardware add-ons attached to your $650 DSRL

6) Instead of joining Sports Shooter, you have a platinum membership

3) When the free hotdogs are put out in the pressbox in the 7th inning, you leave the photo well and head upstairs to grab 8 or 9 "for the road"

2) You tell other photographers that stalking SI’s Peter Read Miller, John McDonough and Robert Beck is just a "hobby"

1) Four words: Mail order press card

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This issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter features a continuation of the London Calling series in which photographers recounted their recent Summer Olympic experience. members Brian Peterson, Donald Miralle and John Cheng write about their time covering the London Games. Jamm Aquino contributes his recent Cool Gig in LA; we get a peek In The Bag of MMA photographer Joshua Hedges; James Madelin contributes another one of his columns on the business side of photography; Jennifer Maher writes about the joys of covering prep water polo; and Jason Johnson writes a hands-on report on the new Canon EOS-1DX.

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Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin” and The Kills “Blood Pressures”

Just finished Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin” and it is the best of the Mitch Rapp series. I had burned out on the foreign intrigue/spy novel stories after going through most of Tom Clancy’s mammoth novels years ago. My brother-in-law Howard gave me three Mitch Rapp books last Christmas but they sat on my office until recently. With a long Labor Day weekend, I finally pulled one out of the bag that was sitting on my file cabinet … and eight books later (I ran out and bought five more after devouring the ones Howard gave me!) I got to “American Assassin”. I hope Hollywood doesn’t screw this one up … like it appears they are with the Jack Reacher flick…

Was in need of some new rock-n-roll, waiting for the Black Keys to release a new album (and the White Stripes are no more) … and came across The Kills. Downloaded “Blood Pressures” and turned it up LOUD! My ears hurt … but Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince can really kick it!

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(Editor’s Note: After running several memoirs from photographers that covered the recent London Summer Olympics Games in the last issue of Sports Shooter, I had a few more submissions from members that are certainly worth reading. So I decided to continue the “London Calling” series for one more issue. RH)

As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen and Jason Burfield.

Thanks this month to contributors: Brian Peterson, James Madelin, Jennifer Maher, Donald Miralle, Jamm Aquino, John Cheng, Joshua Hedges and Jordon Johnson.

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