Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone our in-person workshops. But to continue our tradition of sharing and teaching the Sports Shooter Academy has gone virtual … temporarily.

The Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series continues our goal to educate, inform and enlighten. This series of virtual presentations brings together a diverse collection of photographers discussing their careers and work.

From sports to international news to projects to rock n roll, the Sports Shooter Academy Lecture Series presentations will appeal to both students and seasoned professionals. All sessions will have a lot of time for questions during and after the presentations making them truly interactive.

Rather than cram all of the sessions into a single weekend, we are spreading them out throughout the rest of 2022. All presentations will be made available for registered participants for viewing on-line. Additionally registered participants will have access to the virtual judging of the Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest.

– Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter Academy Director

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June 2022

On The Sidelines:

Covering Super Bowl LVI 


Keith Birmingham takes us through his take and discusses what went through his mind as he captured the key plays and the subtle moments, separating himself from the dozens of other photographers also covering the Rams come from behind win over Cincinnati. 

Keith Birmingham

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles News Group

Covid Olympics:

Tokyo Summer Olympics

Multiple Covid tests, health apps and precise document requirements were required and that was before making the flight to Japan. Kohjiro Kinno discusses his unique brand of photography and perspective on covering his first Olympics Games.


Kohjiro Kinno

Sports Illustrated

Guest Speaker

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Nikon Ambassador

Guest Speaker

Andrew Hancock

Nikon Ambassador

In A League of their Own:

Women In Sports Photography

Karen Warren

Staff Photographer, The Houston Chronicle

Shanna Lockwood

Auburn University Athletic Dept.

Ashley Landis

Staff Photographer, The Associated Press

Hannah Foslien

Getty Sports, Contributing Photographer

Don’t Be Blinded By The Light:

Location Lighting Tips, Tricks and Insights

Robert Deutsch

Senior Staff Photographer, USA TODAY

Robert Deutsch has photographed presidents, rock stars, Oscar winners, elite athletes and the everyday workin’ stiffs. He will share his insights into location portraits by showing his work and breaking down what worked … and what didn’t. Along the way he will no-doubt share behind-the-scenes stories on the subjects in front of his lens.

Personal Projects Matter

Wally Skalij

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles Times

Two-time World Press award-winning photojournalist Wally Skalij will share his love and insights of personal picture projects. From documenting Kobe Bryant’s final month as a Los Angeles Laker to the struggles of a community rebuilding after a devastating wildfire through the high school football team, his stories are intimate looks into people’s lives.


Working During the Pandemic

The past 12 months have been challenging and life changing, How we do our job as storytellers and how we live our lives has been changed by the Corona-19 pandemic … probably forever. Join award-winning photojournalists Keith Birmingham and Jose Carlos Fajardo as they chronicle the past year working and living in their respective communities.


Jose Carlos Fajardo

Staff Photographer, Bay Area News Group

Keith Birmingham

Staff Photographer, Los Angeles News Group

Out Standing in the Field:

Editing on the Run and On-Location

Photo editor and photographer Josh Barber will discuss the different strategies and tools he uses to move his and others’ images on the tight deadlines of social media and wire services while photo editing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, NHL Images and others. From there we’ll talk different methods of getting images from your camera to your phone and then to where it needs to be as well as the considerations that need to be kept in mind while working as team with another photographer… or four.

Josh Barber

Freelance photographer/picture editor


Get A Job!

Insights into the Job and Freelance World

What are editors looking for when hiring photographers to fill staff positions as well as for freelance assignments? How much has the job market changed in the past 5 years? What skill sets … technically, personally and journalistically — are necessary to set you apart? How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the job market? This will be an open discussion with opportunities to ask questions.

Andrew Scott

Director, Photo & Video News Gathering, USA TODAY


Jerry Lai

Director of Editorial Content, Imagn Content Services

Demystifying SEO:

Best Practices for Photographers

SEO for photographers is more important than ever. Not sure where to begin? The team at PhotoShelter can help. In this presentation Senior Technical Support Specialist Jelan Coley and PhotoShelter co-founder and General Manager Grover Sanschagrin will discuss SEO best practices for photographers and how to boost your SEO with PhotoShelter. From five things you can do to start improving your SEO today, to how to use Google’s new licensable images features, you’ll walk away ready to up your SEO game. Bonus: Senior Marketing Manager Rachel Reiss will also give a quick intro on the PhotoShelter platform and how PhotoShelter can help you run and grow a professional photo business. 

Grover Sanschagrin

Co-founder and General Manager, PhotoShelter

Jelan Coley

Senior Technical Support Specialist, PhotoShelter

Rachel Reis

Senior Marketing Manager , Photoshelter

*All Sports Shooter Academy Annual Contest entrants are automatically registered to the 2021 Sports Shooter Academy Virtual Workshop. Enrollment deadline 4/11/2021.