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|| News Item: Posted 2017-01-12

On The Move
Sports Shooter Academy 14 to be held May 3-7 in So Cal

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Erika P. Rodriguez, Sports Shooter Academy

Photo by Erika P. Rodriguez, Sports Shooter Academy

Steeple chase during a track and field meet at Cerritos College during Sports Shooter Academy X.
THE coolest sports photography event of the year is getting even COOLER.

Sports Shooter Academy 14 will be held May 3-7, 2017 in Southern California. The move from the fall to the spring gives the workshop the opportunity to add sports on the shooting schedule it hasn’t had in a few years: Horse racing and beach volleyball plus college swimming & diving, and track & field.

The Sports Shooter Academy is a hands-on, shooting workshop that gives participants the opportunity to shoot real sports under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photojournalists. After each shooting day, the participants receive one-on-one editing help and critiques from the instructors.

There will be several classes with topics ranging from tips on improving your sports photography, setting up and getting the most from remote cameras, digital workflow, and location portrait lighting.

The workshop mantra and one of its goals is “See Better. Shoot Better.”

To apply to be a part of THE coolest sports photography event of the year:

“It was an amazing experience to be able to get hands-on instruction from award-winning photographers,” said Southern California freelance photographer Brian Rothmuller. “It’s an environment where you feel like you can ask any question without judgment. I left feeling more confident than ever about my photography and with friends in the industry that I can reach out to to continue to build my career and collaborate with.”

Nikon Professional Services sponsors the Sports Shooter Academy and all full-time college and university students accepted into the workshop have their registration fee paid by NPS.

“The Sports Shooter Academy was an incredibly eye-opening experience into the pace, best practices, and skills of shooting sports,” said Kaitlyn Dolan, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, “Learning from professionals, getting one-on-one reviews, and having access to the newest Nikon gear was an experience I could not have had without Sports Shooter, and Nikon's support of students.”

Sports Shooter Academy 14 will be held in Orange County, Calif. and kicks off at 1PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Lectures by the instructors including a hands-on class on remote cameras will fill the afternoon. That evening the annual Sports Shooter Academy Open House will be held and will have guest speakers and a tradeshow with the workshop’s supporting companies showing off their latest and coolest gear.

Days 2-3-4 will be comprised of shooting various sports events around the Orange County area followed by editing and critique sessions.

Day 5 will be our final editing and critique session, awards will be given out and SSA14 will end with a Q & A session with the faculty.

Photo by Jason Tanaka

Photo by Jason Tanaka

Catching some rays and moments at Newport Beach during Sports Shooter Academy XI.
Other companies supporting the Sports Shooter Academy include:
- Samy’s Camera (they will be offering special pricing at their mobile store and is the sponsor of the SSA Open House)
- Think Tank Photo
- PhotoShelter
- PocketWizard
- LumeCube
- Honl Photo

One of the most popular topics among workshop participants is using remote cameras. SSA14 will have opportunities for participants to learn and use remotes at track & field, horse racing, baseball, and softball.

“I was able to watch SSA13 students grow and learn in such a short time, from thinking differently in the field to seeing their own images in different ways during the editing/critiques session,” said instructor Keith Birmingham, a staff photographer with the Southern California News Group,

The Sports Shooter Academy was created by Southern California photographer Matt Brown and USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro. SSA1 had 30 students and photographers enrolled and has grown substantially since with SSA13 last November having 63 enrolled, half of them college and university students.

The goal of the workshop is to give participants an opportunity to learn and become inspired through experiences with a faculty that has included photographers from the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, the Orange County Register, the Southern California News Group, USA TODAY, Getty Images, and the Associated Press.

Alums from past workshops have gone on to work for many of the organizations listed above.

“SSA for me is all about exposure,” said Christine Lueng, Athletics Photographer at the University of San Francisco. ”Exposure to like minds from all over the world, in a learning environment that allows you to share, commiserate and collaborate with your peers. Exposure to different sports and environments that allow you to see different things in so many different ways. Exposure to seeing better to shoot better.”

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