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|| News Item: Posted 2003-04-29

ALOHA: Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau 2003 Details
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Jay Drowns

Photo by Jay Drowns

Dan MacMedan, Myung Chun and Ronal Taniwaki pick out a Hawaiian shirt at the 2002 Luau.

Are You Ready? The Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau 2003 --- THE COOLEST PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT OF THE YEAR --- will be held Nov. 7 - 8 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel.

We have increased the length of the Workshop & Luau this year as well as the number of breakout classes you can attend and also the number of classes offered, including the "Sports Shooter Jedi Master Series" which are three individual classes discussing photographing football, basketball and baseball.

This years Workshop & Luau features even more diversity and different topics to educate, enlighten and entertain you, from how to cover a war to portrait lighting to learning the latest in digital photography.

Nikon is the principle sponsor of the Workshop & Luau 2003.

Registration will be available on-line at the web site. As always, there is no registration fee for full-time students and there is a nominal $100 fee for non-students who are members of and $125 for non-members.

The Workshop & Luau's primary sponsor Nikon has arranged a great $84-a-night room rate at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. This is nearly half the standard room rate.

-- Deanne Fitzmaurice, of the San Francisco Chronicle
The Bay Area Press Photographer of Year for 2002, Deanne will talk about her work on behind- the-scenes picture stories on such high profile athletes as slugger Barry Bonds, the Oakland A's Mark Mulder and Eric Chavez and Giants manager Felipe Alou.

-- Ben Van Hook, Pulitzer winner turned filmmaker
A staff photographer in the 1980s at the Louisville Courier Journal where he shared the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, Ben will discuss his transition from newspaper photographer to editorial/commercial magazine work to filmmaker.

-- Jose Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee
Turning his childhood love of baseball into a personal project of documenting Latino baseball, Jose culminated over 10 years of work into the recently published book "Home Is Everything: The Latino Baseball Story". Jose will discuss personal projects and the trials and tribulations of getting a book published.

This year's expanded schedule will allow participants to take up to five breakout classes being offered this year.

The wide variety of breakouts will be divided into "career path" classes featured on Friday and "improving your work and mind" on Saturday.

Please sign up for two breakouts on Friday and three on Saturday.


Getting a Life: Or, Remembering to Live Yours with Rod Mar, Seattle Times
Is it really okay to talk about "My Baby" and be referring to your infant daughter and not your new 400mm/2.8 lens?

Photo by Mia Mar

Photo by Mia Mar

Rod Mar and his daughter Evyn.
What happens when a new piece of gear isn't the most important possession in your life? Does caring more about your 401k than your mileage plan mean you've lost that edge? Can you tell time by your annual assignments ("My wife's birthday is always the weekend of the Sweet 16" and "our anniversary is right around the All-Star break").

If so, this open-ended breakout could be for you. Rod Mar, staff photographer for The Seattle Times will provide tips and lead an open-ended discussion about life balance, avoiding burnout, and keeping your photography fresh and alive.

(Rod Mar has balanced a successful career as a staff photographer at the award winning Seattle Times for the past 10 years with is "other job" --- devoted husband and dad. While traveling the country covering Seattle's professional sports teams, he has been able carve out time for his family and continue to be one of the leading newspaper sports photographers working in the country today.)

Jedi Master Series Class 1: Football with Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated
Whether it's a Sunday on Lambeau Field in Green Bay or a Saturday in Lincoln at Memorial Stadium or even Friday night on a dark high school field in urban Los Angeles photographers are covering football. From the goal posts to the locker room Sports Illustrated's Peter Read Miller will give you his insights into covering the gridiron from lens selection to his transition to digital cameras to getting to the right spot on the field. Peter will also show many of his photographs and discuss how he prepares himself for covering football for 20 weekends a year.

(Peter Read Miller has over 85 Sports Illustrated covers to his credit, covering numerous Super Bowls, College Bowl Games, NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals and 6 Olympic Games.)

Photo by Peter Read Miller / Sports Illustrated

Photo by Peter Read Miller / Sports Illustrated
Photoshop Tricks & Tips for Working Photographers. TBA
Ever been on deadline trying to color correct a whacked image you shot "just a little" under-exposed or has "some funky color"?

Got "snow flakes" in that ASA1600 file?

Don't know what "quick mask" or "multiple undone" are?

Just how much is too much unsharp mask?

Have you wasted what seems like hours dodging or burning a photo, cussing under your breath "there must be a better way!"

If you've asked yourself any (or all!) of these, then this is the class for you. Sports Shooter will present a "Photoshop Master" to demonstrate those little tips and tricks that not only save your image, but save you time.

Editing Your Own Work and Assembling That Killer Portfolio. Led by Alan Greth, Contra Costa Times and Eric Risberg, Associated Press
The saying that photographers are "their own worst editors" will be discussed in this session led by Alan Greth and Eric Risberg. Shooting an assignment is sometimes just half the job … translating that shoot into a story-telling single photograph or a series of photographs is an art unto itself.

How do you balance your desire to make killer, award-winning images with serving the needs of the reader and the story a reporter is writing?

How do you please year editors and stay fulfilled and happy with your job?

This panel will discuss these concerns and examine several real shoots and what goes through the minds of a photographer and an editor as they try to whittle it down to what eventually will run in a publication.

Also covered: what you should consider when editing your own work in the field as well as what you should put in a portfolio … and more important, what you shouldn't.

(Alan Greth is the director of photography at the Contra Costa Times. He manages a staff of over 20 shooters and previously worked at the Alameda Newspaper Group and the Associated Press. Eric Risberg is a staff photographer with the Associated Press based in San Francisco. Eric has covered some of the top news and sports events in the country, working solo as well as with teams of other AP photographers and picture editors. He is a frequent contributor to the Sports Shooter Newsletter.)

"Don't Get Ripped Off, You Stupid Entrepreneurial Ignoramus!" By Rick Rickman
This popular class will be covering copyright registration made easy and "common business sense" for the photographer who doesn't want to have to put much thought into anything other than their pictures.

Rick's high octane presentation will also run participants through a short course in developing a business plan, untangling the cost of doing (and staying) in business and understanding what a day rate is and doing one of the most difficult things in photography: saying no!

There is never a dull moment when Rick is especially talking about unauthorized use of his images.

(Rick Rickman is a frequent contributor to the Sports Shooter Newsletter on business issues. While a staff photographer at the Orange County Register, he was part of a team of photographers that won Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. He is a freelance photography based in Southern California.

Firedrill: The Five-Minute Portrait. By Joey Terrill
Today's working photographer is constantly faced with the difficult task of making great pictures on a tight deadline. Frequently, those images must also be made using a minimal amount of gear, in a bad environment, and using just a few minutes of the subject's time. This class will show you how to make great portraits using only the most basic equipment.

The class will begin with a slide show and discussion demonstrating several lighting techniques that can be accomplished using only small speedlights, collapsible reflectors, or available light.

Following the slide show, the discussion will consider light and how to make it work for you. TTL flash, manual flash, on and off-camera flash, bounce techniques, color-correcting the flash, remote triggering, adding a second flash, and mixing flash with available light will all be discussed.

Finally, we'll do a live demonstration of real world situations using many of the discussed techniques. This will give students an opportunity to see some of the techniques they've learned in The Five-Minute Portrait.

(Joe Terrill is a Southern California-based freelance photographer specializing in portraits. His clients include: Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Bose, Vivendi Universal, Mattel and Exxon Mobil and his recent editorial work has appeared in Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal.)

Community Journalism: Covering Prep Sports. By Bob Larson, Contra Costa Times
No matter where you start your career as a newspaper photographer, you'll have to cover that Friday night prep game. And you know what? It ain't that bad!

Bob will lead participants through a discussion of why it's often better covering the preps than professional sports.

Diving for loose balls, players crashing and fall over each other, better access, real emotions on and off the field, athletes that are really playing for the love of the game equal … great photographs!

Often a community revolves and rallies around a team or the big game and this session will show images and talk about the importance that sports (and photography) play in this.

Bob will also talk about his long-term project documenting the De La Salle High School football team, which is unbeaten in over 120 consecutive games.

Also, he will explain how to handle the poor lighting conditions when covering high school sports.

(Bob Larson is a staff photographer with the Contra Costa Times. He also writes a regular column for the paper on pizza and... what else?... beer!)


"Don't Know Much About (Lighting) History..." By Robert Seale, The Sporting News
Think your art history 101 class meets the cover of The Sporting News!

Unlike last year, Robert Seale's lighting course will be a whopping 3 hours! If the students can stay awake that long, they will learn about lighting trends through the years, including the signature lighting styles of several really famous photographers.

Also the class will show how to study lighting trends and techniques, how photo history impacts a photographer's photographic style, how equipment developments have impacted lighting trends, and, uh...oh yeah... we'll look at some of Robert's lame stuff, too.

The second half of this class will be devoted to live portrait shoots demonstrating many of the techniques and trends discussed and examined in the lecture portion of the session.

Robert will construct portrait shoots to illustrate these techniques, commenting as he goes explaining as well as demonstrating his points.

(NOTE: This class will count as two breakouts, so if you select it, make no selection in session 4 and you then pick one more class in session 5.)

(Robert Seale is a staff photographer with the Sporting News and is based in Texas. He spends about 50 percent of his time making portraits of some of the county's top college and professional athletes for the publication. He has over 120 covers to his credit.)

Covering War & Conflict. With Jack Gruber, USA TODAY and Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times
Photo by Jack Gruber / USA Today

Photo by Jack Gruber / USA Today

Jack Gruber in Iraq.
War is hell, whether it's in the desert of the Middle East, in the streets of a West Bank settlement or while covering a demonstration in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles.

Jack Gruber and Wally Skalij, fresh off of covering the latest Iraq War, will take participants through what the mind set is when assigned to cover potentially dangerous and hazardous assignments. They will also discuss how to prepare and how to work when conditions are tough and the bullets are pinging off of a car your taking shelter behind.

You don't have to aspire to be a War Photographer to take this class. The pair will not only show their wonderful work from some of the most dangerous hot spots of the past 5 years, but also tell you how to develop that 6th sense for staying alive. The ideas and skills you learn in this session will help you whether you're photographing a local news event in your hometown or using a satellite phone in some remote country.

(Jack Gruber is an award-winning photographer with USA TODAY based in San Francisco. Wally Skalij of the Los Angeles Times is a 4-time photographer of the year for the Greater Los Angeles Press Photographer's Association.)

Digital Cameras, Technology, and Workflow. With Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune
This breakout will provide you with an all-around perspective on technology, especially as it relates to digital photography and workflow. Through discussion in four areas, you will come away with a framework that allows you to create a more efficient and speedy workflow whether you use a Mac or PC, Canon or Nikon. (TRS-80 users are not welcome and will be asked to leave!)

1. The Camera. Understanding various camera issues leads to a better decision-making process and higher quality images. (basic differences in cameras, the raw/tiff/jpeg question, 1.5 vs. full frame sensors, how cameras will evolve in the coming years)

2. The Shoot. Things you need to think about while shooting your award-winning images, such as image quality, white balance, batteries, when to chimp, memory card issues.

3. The Workflow. Streamlining your workflow and making your computer your servant (ingesting, auto-renaming, auto-captioning, editing, Photoshop automation and hot keys, transmitting options.)

4. The Archive. Your archive is all you've got. We'll go over setting up the most basic as well as more advanced photo archiving systems.

The last twenty minutes of this breakout session will feature a special live performance by the hard rock band Air Supply.

(Trent Nelson is the Chief Photographer at The Salt Lake Tribune. He was a competitor in this year's Pictures of the Year, Sports Shooter, World Press, Pulitzer, and NPPA Best of Photojournalism competitions, going 0-5 and garnering not a single award. For the last two years, the Utah News Photographers Association has awarded him the prized "Worst Photo of the Year" award with its accompanying trophy.)

Get Off That Computer & Back To The Light Table. By Robert Beck, Sports Illustrated
Everybody is using the same camera these days. Nikon digital or Canon digital. Nikon lenses or Canon lenses. Robert Beck says he won't argue the importance of the development of digital photography nor dismiss the FACT that digital photography is the future of our business.

He adds that he won't even complain about not being a digital baby...much less a digital guru.

But boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, and all of you digital darlings: film is still an option!

Labs will still process the stuff. Process Polaroid yourself! And if you get the Digital Jones … scan it into your box and do all of that Photoshop stuff to it.

Hit Robert's breakout session and check out some alternative ways to shoot your sports. Lomo cameras. Holgas. Holgas with flash! Crown Graphics. Speed Graphics. Sepia toned Polaroids (Sports Illustrated just ran one on the cover of a Golf Plus issue). Black & White p/n film. Panoramics.

If you want to have 90 minutes of F-U-N while you're educated, enlightened and energized, take this class. (However, Robert makes no promises that he won't bring a surfboard or that 10-foot pool cleaner pole he used during his talk at last year's Workshop & Luau!)

Robert sums it up with this: "If you have an older camera, bring it with you and share it. Come think outside the box with us!"

(Robert Beck is a staff photographer with Sports Illustrated. He started off as a high school teacher and decided that a way-cooler job was shooting surfing photos, though he admits that this might say more about his love for surfing than the teaching profession.)

Sports Shooter Jedi Master Series Class 2: Baseball with V.J. Lovero, Sports Illustrated
He's got The Ring. He's got game. He's also the top baseball photographer working in the business today.

SI's V.J. Lovero will take participants from the early days of Spring Training to Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. Along the way discussing what lenses to use and where, staying ahead of the play and anticipating the action and how to breakup the sometime monotony of covering "the thinking man's sport".

How do you avoid coming back to your editors with a routine, meaningless 2nd base play? V.J. will not only tell you, but also show you with his own fabulous work.

Also covered in this session will be how to work with athletes with plenty of great inside stories to boot! If you want to learn how to shoot baseball, do it from the best.

(V.J. Lovero is a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated based in Southern California. He is also the team photographer of the World Champion Anaheim Angels.)

Sports Shooter Jedi Master Series Class 3: Basketball with Andy Hayt
M.J., Bird, Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Kobe and The Mailman. Andy Hayt has seen and photographed some of the great hoop players of our generation.

While the talk at NBA and major college games revolves around the use of "Flash Wizards" … synching 8, 10, 15 even 20 cameras to fire simultaneously … Andy goes about making impact basketball images with a handheld camera or two and maybe one remote.

Timing is everything in sports, but knowledge, preparation and desire can help mold your basketball shooting into something that make editors (and readers) say "Wow!"

Andy will display some of the work that has made him one of the top photographers of the past 20 years. He will also chronicle his journey from newspaper shooter to magazine staffer to freelancer and what it takes in this business to continue to grow, make good photographs and be happy.

Andy will also discuss how to work with athletes today and get the most out of one-on-one photo situations with them.

Photo by Mark J. Terrill / AP

Photo by Mark J. Terrill / AP

Michael Jordan.
(Andy Hayt began his career as a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times. He moved on to Sports Illustrated where his work was on the cover 47 times. He has spent the past 20 years photographing the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League.)

REMOTE CAMERAS: A Unique Perspective. By Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press
How well hung is your camera?

Should you use protection?

Do you know how many different uses there are for your "Pocket Wizard"?

Do you know how to manipulate your "Magic Arm" or how to apply a "Super Clamp"?

What is that plastic stud used for?

The answers to all of this innuendo and more when "Mark J. Terrill Does Manhattan Beach." Be there when Mark shows and tells all! See Mark display all of the hardware, gadgets and gear necessary to put a camera over a basket, in a net or on a post.

Mark will show slides depicting various remotes and will demonstrate several remote setups. He will also discuss and demonstrate the use of wireless networking technology for retrieving images shot by remote cameras that could not otherwise be accessed.

(Mark J. Terrill is an award-winning staff photographer with the Associated Press based in Los Angeles. One of his many remote-camera accomplishments was mounting a Nikon camera on a bull for the "running of the bulls" event. The camera did not survive.)

DOWN AND DIRTY: Documenting Adventure. By Corey Rich
Photo by Corey Rich

Photo by Corey Rich
At 27-years-old, adventure sports/action photographer Corey Rich has traveled the world on assignment for many of the best clients in the industry, including editorial work for Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and for corporate/commercial clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Nike, Patagonia, and The North Face.

An accomplished climber, adventurer, and photojournalist, Rich has photographed a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in Mexico, surfing in Panama, freight-train hopping in the American West, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea.

An accomplished speaker, Rich will use photos, video and personal stories from the field to discuss how he broke into the highly coveted and competitive action/adventure industry, and how he remains at the top of prestigious client lists.

In this practical, informative and inspirational workshop, participants will learn techniques and keys to success as Rich discusses everything from journalistic philosophy to the hands-on business of "the business": travel tips, equipment pointers and suggestions, technical aspects of his work, and finally the level of passion, commitment, and perseverance required to enter and remain in this exciting branch of photography.

(Corey Rich is a California-based freelance, adventure photographer. Corey started taking pictures in high school as a means to help tell stories about his weekend adventures. His passion for being outside and communicating through the camera developed in unison. Like The Big Kahuna, he also attended Fresno State University, but people don't hold that against him.)

Your Porfotlio meets The Web: What NOT To Do. By Grover Sanschagrin & Jason Burfield
1) Would you use a camera that played music while you shot pictures, where the volume comes on suddenly, and without warning, playing really loud and without a volume control?

2) Would you use a camera that forced you to sit through a 30-second
presentation about the camera each time you changed film or disks?

Photo by Jason Burfield

Photo by Jason Burfield

Jason burning the midnite oil in his office.
3) Would you use a camera where you had to wait 30 seconds between frames before the camera would shoot again?

Making The Web your slave rather than the reverse is what we're talking about here, dude!

Grover & Jason will share their ideas, observations, fears and humor in this session designed to push you beyond relying a tired old crutch … Flash!

So if you want to design your own killer web site dude, check out this session and see, experience and learn what the true Code Warriors are up to on The Internet in the 21st Century.

(Grover Sanschagrin and Jason Burfield are the genius behind the web site. Their experiences as working photojournalists bring a unique perspective to web design and utilizing the Internet for displaying photography and information.)

What Drives an Image. By Dave Black
What drives an image ... to be noticed be published be a moneymaker?

This breakout session will answer these questions and many more. During the 90 minutes we will look at examples of images and learn why editors chose them to be published, what market place they should be in, how much they earned and how much more income they might bring in the future.

This will be more than a lecture so come ready to raise your hand with questions. Editorial, Advertising, Stock Agency... which way should you go?

Find out at the What Dives an Image breakout session and be prepared for the ride of your life! (WARNING: this breakout session is for the photographers who are serious about making it in this industry,)

(Dave Black is a frequent and popular speaker also at the Clarkson Workshops. Dave is a Colorado-based freelance photographer and his many clients include the U.S. Olympic Committee, Newsweek, ESPN, Coca Cola and Nikon.)

RAW Power. By Steve Heiner, Nikon
If you use Nikon digital cameras, this is the class that will demystify the RAW format.

When you need the BEST possible quality output or control over hue, white balance, sharpness, tone, and exposure, nothing can compare to the power of the RAW file format.

Do you miss the warmth of your old beloved Kodachrome? Or the super saturated color of Velvia? Learn how to replicate the look of these films with digital.

Learn how to fix mistakes in exposure or white balance with just a few simple mouse clicks by unleashing the power of NEF.

One-on-one portfolio review sessions will be held both evenings. Also, a trade show featuring some of the top manufacturers of interest to photographers will be held this year. Nikon will also be conducting a free equipment service clinic.

Space is limited and will be on a first-come-first served basis.

Related Links:
2003 Luau Registration Form

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