Fantasy Camp For Sports Photographers

Well sort of but not quite, but for the 5th year I will be teaching my sports photography class at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Ok, it is not quite camp, there are no tents or cabins; there are no s’mores and probably no bonfires! Nor will you be shooting from the back of a motorcycle.  Although you are not covering the event, in an editorial sense, you will get the feel of what it is like to be close to the action and practice your craft. You will have an opportunity not only to shoot but also to have access at events that you could not do on your own.

Here are a few snaps from prior sessions.

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Zalusky Advance Riding

Zalusky Advance Riding

Although the events change year-to-year depending both on the weather and the calendar, our tentative schedule

  • Class at MCAD -Tuesday June 7
  • Liberty Triathlon – Saturday June 11
  • Capitol City Triathlon – June 12
  • Class at MCAD Tuesday – June 14
  • Paul Saints – Wednesday June 15
  • North Star Bike Festival – Friday June 17
  • Canterbury Downs – Saturday June 18
  • Motorcycle racing – Sunday June 19
  • Class at MCAD – Tuesday June 21
  • Events Pending – June 25 /26
  • One-on-one student sessions June 26 to 27

Although your level of photo experience does really not matter to take the course, the more you know the more you will gain. Each year, we have a student or two who comes back for a second session.

What is important is that you are familiar with equipment. Although we do discuss the use of shutter speeds and f/stops, it will be in the context of getting a sports photo and telling a story and not the basic functionality.

We will be talking about how to tell the story, how to get the shot and how to make your shots interesting, whether they are of motorcycle racing or youth soccer.

One of the traditionally most popular classroom sessions is the detail walk through of my digital workflow from shooting the photo to post processing. Efficiency is as critical whether shooting sprint event or an Ironman.

The final few days will be test of how much coffee I can drink! I will meet with each of the participants individually to give you each a more specific critique of what you can work on and where you can take your photography.

Come join us – it is great fun.  Registration begins on May 2nd but in the meantime you can review the details here.