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PHOTO 209 — Sports Photography

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wed/Sat
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 sessions
Date(s): Feb 9—Mar 9
Refund Deadline: Feb 11
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): John Todd
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class Sessions: 5 Wednesdays, February 9 – March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT); Field Trips: 4 Saturdays, February 12 – March 5, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT)
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Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wed/Sat
Date(s)
Feb 9—Mar 9
9 sessions
Refund Date
Feb 11
2 Units
Fees
$600
Instructor(s):
John Todd
Limit
20
Recording
Yes
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class Sessions: 5 Wednesdays, February 9 – March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT); Field Trips: 4 Saturdays, February 12 – March 5, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are recorded daily by talented photographers around the globe, who have elevated sports photography to an art form rather than merely a record of the event. This course will cover the basic principles involved in making compelling sports images. Subject areas include timing, camera settings, lighting, software, and how to capture the emotion and drama in everyday sports. Students will learn the camera settings necessary to capture peak action and how to approach shooting all aspects of a game. Guest speakers will include Bay Area professional sports photographers who will discuss their experiences covering major sporting events and the tools they use to capture dramatic sports images. Students will be assigned to produce action images each week following the five sports photography foundations identified in the course: peak action, clean backgrounds, storytelling moments, backlighting, and unique angles. The course will incorporate weekly class critiques and discussions of student work. Outdoor class photography opportunities will include Stanford Athletics events and surfing at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. The class will also produce an online portfolio as a final project. Students will come away from the course with an understanding of how to produce dynamic sports photography that goes beyond the general, run-of-the-mill action photograph.

Since there are field trips, this course is geared toward local Bay Area students. Students should own or have access to a 35 mm digital camera to take full advantage of this course. Students should expect to pay nominal entry fees to the outdoor venues. The full field trip schedule will be announced in class. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

JOHN TODD
Fine Art, Commercial, and Sports Photographer

John Todd’s work has been published by Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Apple, Nike, and The Washington Post. He owns International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to US Soccer, Stanford Athletics, and the San Jose Earthquakes. His work can be viewed at johntodd.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.