Fundamentals of Sports Action Photography

  • Instructors:
    Gregg Martin

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    Do you know how to successfully photograph a sporting event? Gregg will walk you through what you need to know to get started the right way. You'll learn…

    • What equipment to have in your bag and how to use it.
    • What to wear and why.
    • The rules we all have to live by when covering most events…and when to break those rules to get the money shot.
    • What to do to get that WOW shot of the day (some of the best action images are on-field celebrations, for example).
    • How to get in the best possible position to capture action (proper body stances, shooting techniques, camera settings, field placement and so much more ).

    With the right equipment, proper placement and a little bit of luck, you'll be ready to tackle the arena of game action photography!

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      • Gregg Martin

        Gregg Martin

        M.Photog.Cr., CPP

        Gregg Martin, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, says he took the “most unorthodox route possible” to end up as an award-winning wedding, portrait and sports photographer. He started photographing sports for the real USC (University of South Carolina) 23 years ago, and shortly thereafter, he started photographing weddings and portraits. After building a successful studio in Columbia, SC for eight years, he accepted a corporate job as an in-house commercial photographer. After a six-year stint in that position, he continued to follow his passion as a sports and event photographer and find new avenues to apply his art. Now one of the top photographers in South Carolina, he constantly pushes the limits to find new and different ways to capture images that his clients have never seen. His goals? To stand out and stay one step ahead of his local competition.

        In his career, Gregg has photographed every major sport in the U.S., including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, PGA, LPGA and numerous collegiate sports.  Plus, he’s been published in some of the nation’s largest sports publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and USA Today.

        Gregg has also been highly recognized in the photographic industry for his work. He holds the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from PPA, along with the Fellow of Photography degree from PPSC.  He’s also a Certified Professional Photographer and has received numerous international, national, regional and state awards, including two ADDYs, two Kodak Gallery awards and three Fuji Masterpiece awards. In 2009, he was awarded the PPA Platinum Photographer of the Year. Most recently, he earned the 2011 South Carolina Photographer of the Year and was a 2012 Silver Medalist in PPA’s International Photographic Competition.

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