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WSP 283 — Sports Photography Workshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thurs/Sat/Sun
Time: Various
Date(s): May 19—May 26
Duration: 4 days
Drop By
Drop Deadline: May 12
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $385
Format: On-campus course
Limit: Limit 20
Status: Open
This course will cover the principles involved in making compelling sports images. Subject areas include timing, camera settings, lighting, software, and the techniques of capturing the emotion and drama in everyday sport. We will also pay special attention to the usage and placement of remote cameras for soccer. This course will challenge photographers to produce a coherent body of work covering not only field action but also the culture of the athletes themselves.

Students will actively cover the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games to be held at Stanford the weekend of May 21 and 22. Sports will include swimming, soccer, water polo, and rugby. Students will have field and deck access for all sports, with instructors on-site to provide feedback and guidance on best practices, shooting positions, and technique.

This course is aimed at intermediate- and advanced-level sports photographers looking to refine their technique during a multi-sport event. Beginning photographers are welcome but must have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of general photography to benefit from this course.

Students will produce twenty processed digital images to be included in the workshop website.

Students should expect to spend approximately $35 per meal on optional group dinners on May 21 and May 22. Additional details will be provided in class.

John Todd, Photographer

John Todd has expertise in fine art, sports, and corporate photography. He owns International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to the US men’s and women’s soccer teams, Stanford Athletics, and UC Berkeley. He covered his third World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil in 2014. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN The Magazine.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks