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PHOTO 209 — The Art of Sports Photography

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration:
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 7
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): John Todd
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Wednesdays, January 17, January 24, February 7, February 28, and March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Field trips: January 20, February 3, February 24, and March 3, shooting schedules to be announced at the first class meeting
Winter
On-campus course
Wednesdays
7:00—9:00 pm
Date(s)
Jan 17—Mar 7
Drop By
Jan 23
2 Units
Fees
$480
Instructor(s):
John Todd
Limit
20
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Wednesdays, January 17, January 24, February 7, February 28, and March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Field trips: January 20, February 3, February 24, and March 3, shooting schedules to be announced at the first class meeting
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 sport. 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. Class photography opportunities will include surfing at Steamer Lane, the San Jose Earthquakes, and Stanford Athletics events. 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.

Students should own a 35 mm digital camera, or have access to one, to take full advantage of this course. Students should expect to pay nominal entry fees to the venues. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

John Todd, Photographer

John Todd owns International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to the US men’s and women’s soccer teams, Stanford Athletics, and the San Jose Earthquakes. He has covered World Cups, the Olympics, Rose Bowls, and NCAA Championships. 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.