Photoshop and Photojournalism Classes at UT Knoxville Kids U

I am super excited to announce that I will (again, last year was a BLAST!) be teaching two classes at the University of  Tennessee’s Kids U program here in Knoxville this summer! This is an excellent program, and yep I’m stoked about it! 🙂

The first class is “Photojournalism for Kids”, Grades 9-12 and runs from 9 AM to Noon, June 24-28. This is going to introduce kids to the super cool world of photojournalism and we will cover a bit of everything from history and ethics to capturing decisive moments with your camera to how to caption an image. We will have assignments/field trips during the class (within walking distance of the classroom) and I’ll also discuss possible career and education paths after high school. You will need a digital camera (a DSLR would be best, point and shoots are OK, and film is a no-no) to participate, and if that’s a big issue I can probably help out with a loaner. Best $109 you’ll spend on your kid this summer 🙂  CLICK HERE for more info on the Photojournalism for Kids class. Also, check out the Facebook page we used during the class last year.

The second class is “Introduction to Photoshop”, Grades 8-12 and runs from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, June 24-28. Photoshop is one of those programs that you can spend years mastering and still not know half of it, but after I go through some basic techniques we are going to learn how to enhance images (including those bad cell phone images), do some cool/funky effects, and how to use and apply different styles to photographs. It’s going to be AWESOME!!! Students will need a decent sized USB drive so we can shuttle images around. CLICK HERE for more info on the Introduction to Photoshop class.

Both classes are being held at the UT Conference Center Computer Lab on the 4th floor, run 3 hours per day for 5 consecutive days, and feel free to call/text/email me if you have any questions. Please share this post (just click on the “Share the knowledge” tabs directly below this line to share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with your friends, but I do expect these both to fill up quickly (class sizes are limited), so register EARLY!

Photojournalism and Photoshop Classes at UT Kids U

I am super excited to announce that I will be teaching two classes at the University of  Tennessee’s Kids U program here in Knoxville this summer! This is an excellent program, and yep I’m stoked about it! 🙂

The first class is “Photojournalism for Kids”, Grades 9-12 and runs from 9AM to Noon, June 25-29. This is going to introduce kids to the super cool world of photojournalism and we will cover a bit of everything from history and ethics to capturing decisive moments with your camera to how to caption an image. We will have a few mini assignments/field trips during the class (within walking distance of the classroom) and I’ll also discuss possible career and education paths after high school. You will need a digital camera (a DSLR would be best, point and shoots are OK, and film is a no-no) to participate, and if that’s a big issue I can probably help out with a loaner. Best $99 you’ll spend on your kid this summer 🙂  CLICK HERE for more info on the Photojournalism for Kids class.

The second class is “Introduction to Photoshop”, Grades 8-12 and runs from 1PM to 4PM, June 25-29. Photoshop is one of those programs that you can spend years mastering and still not know half of it, but after I go through some basic techniques we are going to learn how to enhance images (including those bad cell phone images), do some cool/funky effects, and how to use and apply different styles to photographs. It’s going to be AWESOME!!! Students will need a decent sized USB drive so we can shuttle images around. CLICK HERE for more info on the Introduction to Photoshop class.

Both classes are being held at the UT Conference Center Computer Lab on the 4th floor, run 3 hours per day for 5 consecutive days, and feel free to call/text/email me if you have any questions. Please share this post (just click on the “Share the knowledge” tabs directly below this line to share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with your friends, but I do expect these both to fill up quickly (class sizes are limited), so register EARLY!

SportsShooter Academy VIII (SSA VIII)

The past 12 months have been extremely busy on the sports side of things and have resulted in me being able to shoot for a large variety of services and different organizations. I’ve had the chance to cover everything from youth cheerleading, to all of the high school stuff I can stand, to NASCAR, UT (that’s THE University of Tennessee for you out-of-towners), NFL, MLS, etc. The good part is a lot of my work is getting quite a bit of use, including the Sports Illustrated Cover mentioned here.

With all that said, what follows was definitely the most fantastic five days of sports photography on the planet. A few weeks ago I was able to attend SportsShooter Academy VIII in Irvine, CA and it certainly lived up to it’s billing as “The COOLEST Sports Photography Event of the YEAR!”

Let’s start with the staff and faculty, which instead of listing separately just take a look at this link  and think what it would be like to hang out with this “Whos-Who” list of photographers, let alone have them instruct you, shoot with you, and then critique your work, all on a daily basis. There’s just nothing like having your toes in the Pacific Ocean, photographing surfers, and being able to turn to John McDonough and ask, “How many focus points are you using, John?” In addition, we students were continually pushed to “See better, Shoot better”, which kinda sounds like standard workshop stuff, but they have really helped me with the ability to see things outside of the normal everyday grind of sports photography.

Just noticed that a few folks were not on the list I linked above, including Tim Mantoani, Shawn Cullen, and Jordan Murph. Three more awesome people that I learned a TON from. Also NPS (Nikon) was there with crates (yes, crates…well at least one great big crate) of equipment that was available for us to use every day. Need a D3s and a 500mm f/4.0 lens?…sure thing, here you go 🙂 In addition Nikon, Samy’s Camera (also on site), and Think Tank were huge supporters of the workshop, so big thanks to them.

OK, enough atta-boys…if you want to further your education and networking in Sports Photography, you need to attend this workshop! On to the goods…

Here’s a short video showing the workshop in action.

SSA VIII: On Location, Cal State Fullerton from Sports Shooter Academy on Vimeo.

 

Here’s a gallery of some of my favorites from the workshop.

 

And one more video, from a Go Pro Camera that was mounted on a 70-200 lens hood (pointed back towards the photographer). Be sure and watch the crash at the end 🙂

Sports Shooter Academy VIII: Football POV from Sports Shooter Academy on Vimeo.

 

This Link will take you to all of the videos. I really can not stress what a great experience this was…to have the staff on the sidelines shooting with you and then having them critique the images (every day) was a remarkable learning experience. Huge thanks are due to Robert Hanashiro and Matt Brown (and everyone else), they have really got this one down right!

 

 

SportsShooter Academy VIII

Tuesday night I arrived in sunny California to attend SportsShooter Academy VIII, which is definitely living up to it’s billing as the COOLEST Sports Photography event of the year! Yesterday I attended a lighting workshop led by Robert Hanashiro of USA Today and then had my edits from that shoot critiqued by Tim Mantoani, an amazing San Diego based photographer.

The pressure is intense, and of course we are running on little sleep and little food. I’m off to cover some lacrosse this afternoon, then another lighting class followed by edits, critiques, and slideshow. It’s a BLAST!

 

20 September 2011: Sarah Keene, AKA "Sonic the Sledgehog"", of the LA Derby Dolls jumps over some Think Tank camera bags during a portrait shoot in Irvine, CA.