Location: Denver, CO
Dates: July 14-19, 2021
Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $1,795
Become a Champion
Become a champion and attend the most popular sports photography workshop in America. You’ll be accompanied by an elite team of instructors that include photographers and editors from The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Mag, and more. Our large faculty allows students the opportunity to learn all sides of sports photography, for example, a student might attend a “What an Editor’s Looking For” class in the morning, go on-location and shoot sports with an expert shooter in the afternoon, and learn how to polish their editing process with a tech expert in the evening.
What you’ll learn:
Settings/Techniques for Shooting Sports
How to Setup/Operate Remote Cameras
Arena Lighting and Lighting for Sports
Sports/Action Portrait Setup/Shoot
What Sports Editors are Looking For
How to Break into Sports Photography
The Business of Freelance Sports Photography
What To Know
In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a multitude of sports while learning sports photography shooting techniques, remote camera setups, creative lighting setups, the business of freelance sports photography, and more. Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans.
The workshop hotel and classroom are located at the Springhill Suites in Denver. A discounted rate is available at the workshop hotel and more information can be found by following the link.
2021 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Recently appointed as a Nikon Ambassador, Joey is a Los Angeles-based corporate and editorial photographer with a long and varied career in photography. In recent years Joey has migrated towards his passions for environmental portraits and studio/location lighting. A prior attendee of the workshops in the mid 1990s, he’s now a regular faculty member, with a talent for effectively communicating the principles of controlled lighting in terms anyone can understand. His portrait talents are regularly tapped by commercial clients as well as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People and other leading publications.
A Nikon Ambassador and one of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Dave Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he’s currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.
Jennifer Pottheiser is a commercial photographer based in the New York area. Often photographing with athletes and entertainers, Ms. Pottheiser’s list of corporate, commercial and non-profit clients is a venerable Dream Team. She produces and shoots large scale projects for the National Basketball Association, United States Tennis Association and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s non-profit Cycle for Survival among others. Her images have appeared in countless books, publications and advertisements and her assignments have taken her throughout the world. Pottheiser’s campaign with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for the National Basketball Association was recognized as one of the best print campaigns of the decade and her work has been acknowledged industry wide including recognition with a Communication Arts Advertising Annual and a Silver International Andy award.
Based in southern California, John W. McDonough is one of the main contributors to Sports Illustrated. Before working at Sports Illustrated, John freelanced for SPORT Magazine and worked at the Los Angeles Times and Arizona Republic as a staff photographer.
A Nikon Ambassador, Deanne is a photojournalist and multimedia storyteller with a passion for humanitarian documentary photography, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Formerly, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has experience photographing a wide range of subjects including news, politics, sports, and entertainment.
Nate is the Director of Photography at the Players’ Tribune, where he oversees all photography for the brand. Prior to joining the Tribune, he was Deputy Picture Editor at Sports Illustrated. In his 16 years at SI, Nate led its photographic coverage at countless marquee events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including 14 World Series and 4 Olympics.
Rod Mar is a Nikon Ambassador and acclaimed sports photographer whose career spans 25 years. He is currently the team photographer for the Seattle Seahawks and counts among his clients Sports Illustrated and ESPN. He has photographed every major sporting event in the United States as well as numerous Olympic Games. After nearly 20 years as a photojournalist at the Seattle Times, he left for a freelance career in 2009.
Maxx has been one of the top editors at Getty Images for 13 years. As Managing Editor for Sport in North & South America he is onsite at the biggest sporting events all over the world. Maxx will be leading the Getty Images team at his 11th Super Bowl and then leading the editing team at his sixth Olympic games in February. He also works directly with staff and freelance photographers assigning events and hiring photographers to cover events in his region. Through his work with many sports leagues, Maxx possesses a deep institutional knowledge of the industry.
Mark is the former deputy director of photography of the Colorado Springs Gazette — and certainly one of the finest newspaper photographers working in the nation. Mark has now entered the world of freelance photography where he will undoubtedly be highly successful.
One of the Associated Press’ top sports photographers, he covers sports assignments from the Los Angeles bureau. In addition to his skills as a photographer, he’s known for his technical prowess and has been innovative in his use of remote cameras and remote image transmission.
Elsa Garrison is a staff photographer for Getty Images based in New York City. She began her career in Los Angeles with the sport photo agency Allsport 1996, which was later acquired by Getty. She was the first woman hired as a staff photographer for both Allsport and Getty Images and has been responsible for covering events such as: the Super Bowl, NCAA hockey and basketball championships, NBA finals, Stanley Cup finals, World Series, men’s and women’s World Cup, Summer and Winter Olympic games and the U.S. Open Tennis. Her work has been published in numerous publications around the globe including: The Sunday Times(London), The Globe and Mail(Canada), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and various websites.
Based in Indianapolis with clients from Tokyo to London, Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock is regarded as a premier action and portrait photographer. His background as a photojournalist allows him to bring a well crafted storytelling approach to his imagery in both the advertising and editorial arenas. Known for his relentless pursuit of a different perspective, he maintains a healthy addiction to location lighting and remote cameras. Andrew regularly works around the world on a wide variety of assignments. His editorial clients include Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Golf, Autoweek, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal while his roster of commercial clients include Nikon, Texas A&M Athletics, Chevrolet, Arena and many more.
Mark has been behind a camera for nearly 40-years and began his photography career in the US Navy documenting the Navy’s global operations as a Syracuse University trained photojournalist. During his 20-years of military service Mark travel the world capturing historical moments with his camera. His efforts and talent were recognized through numerous awards, including being awarded the prestigious Military Photographer of the Year. Mark now works for Nikon Professional Services where he has spent almost 20-years continuing his passion for adventure, travel and photography which has taken him on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, the Galapagos Islands, diving with Humpback Whales off the coast of south and central America, and traveling deep into the jungles of the Amazon River basin for non-profit ECO groups. For 20-years he has been the Black Team Leader for the Eddie Adams Workshop, covered numerous Olympics, World Cups, Super Bowls and Presidential Inaugurations, and is the co-author of America from 500-feet II, a photographic exploration of the United States from the air with dear friend Bill Fortney.
Workshop Information & Itinerary
Professional Instruction on Action Sports Photography, Lighting, Marketing, Working With Editors, and the Professional Photography Market
Premiere Networking Opportunities
Photograph a Variety of Subjects in Different Settings Including Football, Horse Racing, Motocross, and More
Photograph a Colorado Rockies Game at Coors Field
Become Exposed and Comfortable With the Full Array of On/Off Camera Lighting
Spend Several Days With An Amazing Group of Likeminded Photographers
Costs Included In Tuition:
Activity Fees, Location Fees, Welcome Meals (details will be on your itinerary)
Hotels, Most Meals
SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
To view a PDF of an example workshop schedule, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.
SPORTS DAY 1
Intro to Digital Photography
Lighting with Strobes
Manufacturers’ Trade Rooms Open
SPORTS DAY 2
Class: Techniques in Shooting Outdoors
Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
Class: Introduction to Lighting
SPORTS DAY 3
Class: Marketing Yourself in a Freelance World
Class: Getting an Editor’s Attention
Class: Digital Workflow
On-Location: Basketball, Skate Park, Velodrome, Horse Racing
Class: Speedlights and Studio Strobes
SPORTS DAY 4
Class: Remote Camera Setups
Class: Multimedia Storytelling
On-Location: Skateboarding, Velodrome, Horse Racing
Class: Lighting the Portrait
Class: Lacrosse with Strobes
SPORTS DAY 5
Instructor Roundtable Discussion
Class: Lacrosse Portraits with Strobes
Class: Nighttime Light Painting Athletes
SPORTS DAY 6
Class: From Phone Call to Final Image
Class: Social Media
Instructional Roundtable Discussion
Final Photographers’ Social
Final Dinner presented by Nikon