Sports Shooter Academy 12 / Nov. 4-8, 2015
Welcome to THE coolest sports photography event of the year

                           See Better, Shoot Better

The Sports Shooter Academy is the ultimate hands-on sports photography workshop that gives participants the opportunity to cover real sports events under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photographers. Each evening participants will edit their work with the workshop instructors, receiving one-on-one critiques in the process.

Sports Shooter Academy 12 will kickoff at 1PM Wednesday, November 4, 2015 and concludes Sunday, November 8 at 1PM. The Sports Shooter Academy is based in Orange County, California.

Sports events on the workshop shooting schedule include (as of May 10): College football, soccer, volleyball, cross country and water polo. Other events include: Rugby, lacrosse, surfing and sessions at a local boxing gym. Many attendees regard the daily one-on-one editing and critique sessions with the faculty as the highlight of the workshop. Classroom sessions and faculty lectures will cover a variety of topics including basic remotes, insider tips to improve your sports photography and editing for impact.

Space in this educational program is limited and the workshop application is your key to attending, so please fill it out completely. The essay portion is very important, so take a few minutes to consider what you will write in your submission. Your experience in photography, what you hope to take away from the workshop and your photography goals are areas that should be covered briefly in your essay.

We also require that you provide us examples of your work, so please list a web address of your personal website or any site that features your photography. For members we recommend using the "Hidden Gallery" feature through your member page. The examples of your work do not have to be exclusively sports images and should demonstrate your skills, abilities and knowledge of camera equipment and photography. A good number for submission is 15-20 images.

The registration fee for photographers accepted into the workshop is $899. members in good standing will receive a $50 discount. (The perks of membership!)

Full-time college and university students accepted into the workshop will attend tuition-free through the generous funding from Nikon Professional Services. Students accepted into the workshop must pay a non-refundable $149 administrative fee. There are a limited number of student spots in SSA 12; to qualify as a student you must be attending a college or university on a full-time basis during the 2015 fall term or have graduated in the spring or summer terms. (Note: We cannot accept high school students.)

Other companies supporting Sports Shooter Academy 12 include: Samy’s Camera, Think Tank Photo, PhotoShelter, Custom SLR and Honl Photo.

The Sports Shooter Academy 12 instructors and staff (as of 5/8):
Matt Brown (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim director of photography and SSA co-founder)
Rod Mar (Seattle Seahawks team photographer)
Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times staff photographer)

Michael Goulding (Orange County Register staff photographer)
Robert Deutsch (USA TODAY senior staff photographer)

Myung J. Chun (Los Angeles Times staff visual journalist)
Robert Beck (Sports Illustrated)
Christie Radecic (Southern California freelance photographer)
Michael Der (Freelance photographer; GameFace Media)
Robert Hanashiro (USA Today staff photographer; Sports Shooter founder)

To see what the Sports Shooter Academy Experience is like, check out these links for workshop galleries, videos and behind-the-scenes photos:  

Day 1 of the workshop begins at 1PM Nov. 4 and will be comprised of classroom sessions and lectures by the workshop instructors. Days 2, 3 & 4 we will be shooting during the days and potentially in the evenings. Editing and critique sessions will be held each night. Day 5 (Nov. 8) will be final editing and critiques plus a roundtable Q & A session with the workshop instructors. SSA 12 will conclude at 1PM.

Workshop participants are expected to provide the equipment they will need to participate in this workshop. Many of the sports events we will be covering require long lenses (300mm +), so please keep that in mind. Also there will be opportunities for remote camera installations, for example at soccer. So if you have remote gear (radio triggers, floor plates, clamps, etc.) we recommend you bring it. Nikon Professional Services will be on-site and will have loaner gear available for daily checkout on a first-come-first-served basis. NPS will have their latest professional digital cameras (Nikon D3S, D4, D4s) and lenses ranging from ultra wide angles (Nikkor 14mm) to super telephotos (Nikkor 600mm). All participants whether they ordinarily shoot Nikon or not are welcome to check out loaner equipment from NPS.

The Sports Shooter Academy will have a special room rate at our headquarter hotel for workshop participants. The closest airport is the John Wayne - Orange County Airport (SNA). The hotel has a free shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport. Details on the workshop hotel will be included in your acceptance confirmation email.

- Sports Shooter Academy participants must have a good working knowledge of photography. If you shoot mostly in “P” mode (Program Mode) this workshop is not for you.
- While this workshop is not exclusively for full-time working photographers and photography students, the techniques and methods are professional level. This is not a program for beginners or the inexperienced.
- You must provide the camera equipment you will need to participate in this workshop.
- To have your work reviewed and critiqued by the workshop faculty you must provide a laptop computer with a professional image browsing software installed (for instance Photo Mechanic, Adobe Bridge, iPhoto, ACDSee). Images will be submitted on a very tight deadline, so it is important that participants have a good knowledge of a field digital workflow.
- Participants must provide their own transportation to the location shoots. (Note: Car pooling and splitting the costs of rental cars is very common at the Sports Shooter Academy. Once the workshop is filled, we will set up a couple of methods for participants to contact one another.)
- Your registration fee (or in the case of students, the workshop processing fee) does not cover your personal expenses. Transportation, lodging, meals and incidentals (like parking) are the responsibility of the workshop participant.
- To participate in the Sports Shooter Academy, you must be at least 18 years of age. Due to liability issues, we cannot accept high school students.
- Once accepted, we expect all participants come to the Sports Shooter Academy with a desire to learn, work as a team and act in a professional manner at all times.

To contact the Sports Shooter Academy:

Contact Robert Hanashiro
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