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|| News Item: Posted 2015-05-21

See better, shoot better: Sports Shooter Academy 12 Nov. 4-8
Nikon Professional Services funding to pay tuition for students

By Sports Shooter

Photo by © 2013 Christy Radecic / Sports Shooter Academy

Photo by © 2013 Christy Radecic / Sports Shooter Academy

Sports Shooter Academy instructor Wally Skalij with workshop participants. Skalij is a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times.
Covering real sports events in Southern California under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photographers is the hallmark of the Sports Shooter Academy workshops.

The Sports Shooter Academy workshops are open to photographers and college students that want to be challenged to improve their photography, cover sports they may not have shot before, discovering new ways to cover sports they are familiar with, become inspired and receive critical analysis of their work.

Sports Shooter Academy 12 will be held November 4-8 with three full days of shooting. Sports events include: College football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, water polo and rugby. Also there are opportunities to shoot surfing and a local boxing gym. Each evening participants will edit their work and receive one-on-one critiques from the instructors.

The mantra and goal of the Sports Shooter Academy is: See better. Shoot better.

Classroom sessions conducted by the faculty include topics: Demystifying Using Remote Cameras, Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Sports Photography
and Editing For Impact.

"At the end of the day the work you make is only part of the picture. It is incredible to meet so many photographers who are passionate about photography and telling stories that involve sports," said freelance photographer Josh Barber who attended Sports Shooter Academy XI last fall. "Faculty and attendees alike there is something to be learned from everyone, and that doesn't stop on the final day of the workshop. You leave with many more talented photographers as friends than you came with."

The Sports Shooter Academy is sponsored by Nikon Professional Services. Funding by NPS will allow full-time college and university students to attend SSA 12 tuition-free. NPS will also be on-site providing loaner equipment for participants to use during their various shoots. (Note: You do not need to be a Nikon user to participate in the Sports Shooter Academy or to check out loaner gear.)

Companies supporting the Sports Shooter Academy:
- Samy's Camera
- Think Tank Photo
- PhotoShelter
- PocketWizard
- Honl Photo

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To apply to be a part of the COOLEST sports photography event of the year, fill out the application form here:

For galleries of work and videos from previous workshops, check out the Sports Shooter Academy website:

While the Sports Shooter Academy is an intensive program, we emphasize participants to enjoy the Southern California experience, develop contacts and friendships ... and have FUN during this workshop.

The workshop is truly an international program with recent participants traveling from Sweden, France, Canada, Australia and the U.K.

"Sports Shooter Academy XI was hands down one of the best experiences I have had in my photography career thus far," said college student Hailey Archambault. "For me the most important part of SSA XI was having professionals look at my work and tell me what I am doing wrong, or not doing, or how to improve. Absolutely invaluable."

The Sports Shooter Academy was created by Matt Brown (Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim director of photography) and Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY staff photographer and Sports Shooter founder).

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