The Sports Shooter Academy is the ultimate sports photography experience giving participants the opportunity to cover a variety of events under the guidance of a faculty of award-winning photojournalists.
After each shooting day, workshop participants will edit their work and receive one-on-one critiques from the instructors.
Sports events on the SSA16 schedule (as of 1/18/2019) include: College track & field, baseball and softball. Horse racing, cycling and sessions at a local boxing gym are also on the schedule.
There will be several classes with topics ranging from digital workflow to setting up remote cameras and location lighting.
The Sports Shooter Academy has moved to Los Angeles for 2019 from Orange County where we have been based for 13 years.
Whether you're looking to improve your photography to capture better peak action images at youth and high school sports or aspire to cover major college and professional sports, this workshop is the place to learn and grow. The motto of the Sports Shooter Acasdemy is: See Better. Shoot Better.
Sports Shooter Academy Alums have gone on to work for major publications, wire services and agencies. Currently SSA Alums are working for several professional sports teams, major college athletic departments and international sports federations.
Additionally Sports Shooter Academy Alums have won numerous awards and honors including Pictures of the Year and NPPA's Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Sports Photographer of the Year.
The connections you will make are a major side benefit of this workshop. SSA Alums stay in contact though the workshop's social media sites, message board and mailing list. These are lasting friendships that not only help you professionally but personally as well.
The Sports Shooter Academy 16 is sponsored by Nikon Professional Services. Because of NPS’ commitment to photography education we are able to keep the SSA’s tuition considerably lower than other programs. There is no other workshop like the Sports Shooter Academy that gives participants the opportunity to shoot REAL sports events, learn from some of the best photojournalists working today, get a heavy dose of inspiration, network with photographers from around the world and have a lot of FUN in the process.
Nikon Professional Services will have a wide range of professional digital cameras and lenses from ultra wide angles to super-telephotos available to check out. Want to try a 600mm at baseball or need an extra camera and lens for a remote at track & field ... NPS will have you covered! Want to check out a couple of strobes for one of the speedlight portrait sessions ... no probnlem. Additionally NPS technical reps will be on-site to help you with any questions you may have about their equipment. Are you interested in the new Nikon Z mirrorless system? This is your chance to get a look at the Z6 and Z7 and talk to SSA instructors that have been using the gear since it was introduced last fall.
Samy's Camera, Think Tank Photo, PhotoShelter, Honl Photo and Pocket Wizard are supporting the Sports Shooter Academy's effort to educate, enlighten and inspire photographers and students.
To be a part of THE coolest sports photography event of 2019, complete the application form below and click "submit." A portfolio submission is required, so please include a link to a gallery of your photography. This can be a personal website, your Instagram (please make sure it contains samples of your photography and not personal snapshots) or a link to a publication where your work is prominently displayed.
An important part of the application is the essay portion. Please include your background and experience as well as things like how you became interested in photography, what you hope to take away from the SSA and what you see as your future in sports photography.
Students: We can only accept college and university students. To qualify for the student discount, you must be currently enrolled in a college or university. If you are working a full-time internship, you can quality for the student discount.
Sports Shooter Academy 16 Tuition
$175.00 (Must be currently enrolled full-time in a college or university; you will receive a $25 gift card from Samy's Camera at check-in.)
Please note that space in SSA16 is limited. When the workshop is full a waiting list will be started.
Sports Shooter Academy 16 will begin promptly at 1PM Wednesday, April 24 with classes, faculty presentations and portfolio reviews. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be shooting days followed by editing/critique sessions in the evening. The workshop will conclude on Sunday April 28 with a final slideshow of the workshop participants' work and awards. We will conclude at 1PM.
Once accepted into the workshop, participants will be sent details on the headquarters hotel where we will hold classroom and editing/critique sessions. We will have a special room rate for SSA16 participants.
For More Info About the SSA
To get an idea of what the Sports Shooter Academy experience is all about, check out images, BTS and other information at our wesbite: www.sportsshooteracademy.com.
Also check out the video produced from previous workshops here: https://vimeo.com/ssacademy
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