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|| News Item: Posted 2012-10-01

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Moving On: Rob Galbraith accepts teaching post
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Rob Galbraith
A heartfelt (but sad) CONGRATS to the original Digital Guru Rob Galbraith who recently announced that he had accepted a faculty position at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

But SAIT’s gain will be the photo community’s loss as Rob will not be updating his seminal and must-read website Digital Photo Insights.

When photojournalists ---those of us that are over 25--- started out using the first DSLRs, it was Rob’s insights and knowledge that helped us cope with the limitations, but great potential of a 1.3-megapixel CCD camera.

Always ready to share his experience and vast knowledge, I can’t count the number of times my USA TODAY colleague Bob Deutsch and I called and e-mailed Rob with questions … and most of all problems.

Rob’s 400-page treatise “The Digital Photojournalist's Guide” was required reading for all newspaper and other deadline shooters … and I still have two copies here in my home office.

As time and digital photography advanced, so did Rob. His website morphed from discussions about “acquire modules” and the pros & cons of “hot filters” (look it up!), to sophisticated evaluations of new equipment and techniques.

Thanks Rob for all of your time, energy, dedication and good cheer… your students will continue to spread your gospel.

Link to Rob’s announcement:

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Sports Shooter Big Kahuna at JACC Convention
I will again be helping out at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges SoCal Convention next weekend on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Friday evening Oct. 5 I will be doing some portfolio reviews and on Saturday morning Oct. 6 I will be making two presentations: "Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Sports Photography" and "Easy Location Portrait Lighting".

Thanks to Kelly Goff and the JACC for giving me the opportunity to talk to participants at their always-cool convention.

Hope to see you student journalists at one of my sessions ... or how about both!

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Next Sports Shooter Academy in the works
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Plans are currently being made for the next Sports Shooter Academy workshop. SSA X, the 10th in the series of hands-on, shooting workshops conducted in Orange County, will be held sometime in 2013.

Participants in the Sports Shooter Academy cover an assortment of college sports events. Other sessions feature sports like boxing, rugby and surfing. One-on-one critiques of participants work are also a valuable part of this workshop. Classroom sessions at previous workshops have covered using remote cameras, location portrait lighting, the business of photography and digital workflow.

Those of you interested in attending THE coolest sports photography event of the year should check out the SSA website, go to the “contact” page and send us a note asking to be placed on the workshop mailing list. Those on the mailing list will be notified in advance of the dates of SSA X and when applications will start to be accepted.

SSA website link:

If you want to know more about the SSA experience, as well as view our educational videos, check out the video link on workshop website or go to our Vimeo page at:

And news and info about the workshop will also be posted on the SSA Facebook page. “Like” our Facebook page and you will be entered in future give-aways we will have in advance of SSA X.

SSA Facebook page:

We have lots of COOL things in the works … and as always a surprise or two!


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