Join Scott Kelby at a one-of-a-kind photography workshop that’s every hockey fan’s dream! With unprecedented access to the Tampa Bay Lightning players and facility, learn from Lightning team photographer Scott Audette as he shows you the techniques he uses to catch all the action on the ice. This 3-day experience happens April 26th through the 28th, beginning with a meet & greet dinner Friday night. Saturday you’ll hone your skills as the Lightning practice, then you’ll stick around to shoot during their live hockey game that night! The workshop wraps up on Sunday, when Scott Kelby will go over all the techniques for retouching your photos. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. Space is extremely limited!
NOTE: No prior hockey photography experience is required. As always for any event like this, times and activities are subject to change without prior written notice.
**There were 22 spots available, and it should be noted it was filled on a first-come, first-served basis — the first 22 who signed-up AND PAID in full got the spots.**
We’re kicking things off this a fun, casual get-together where we’ll have loads of super-yummy mini-burgers (and other beverages. Ahem). Followed by a presentation from Tampa Bay Lightning Team Photographer Scott Audette. Scott will go over the camera settings, white balance, lenses and the technical side of shooting hockey to get you ready for Saturday’s shoots. There will also be an all-important safety briefing, and we’ll see a presentation of some of Mr. Audette’s hockey photography, along with a presentation on “What makes a great hockey shot.” This is a great time for us all to get to know each other as we’ll be working closely with Scott & Scott during the next couple of days.
We’ll meet at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning to get ready for the “Morning Skate.” Both teams (The Lightning and the Visiting Team) will be on the ice and it will be our first chance to try out the settings and techniques we learned the night before. We’ll be shooting for approximately two hours at different locations along the ice and around the forum.
We’ll break for lunch, and then we’re in the classroom with Scott Audette as we do in-class blind critiques of the images the class took that morning during warm-ups. This is important to get you ready to shoot the real game that night. After the critiques, Scott Kelby is with the crew in the classroom going over his latest workflow for sports photography, including his Photoshop techniques. This will be a hands-on session where you can work on the images you took in the morning skate so you can apply the techniques right on the spot (students will need to bring their own laptops).
We break for dinner and then at 7:30 it’s game night at the forum. It’s an incredible, high-energy experience and you’ll be shooting the game live! This is where you take the techniques you’ve learned and put them to use. We’ll have some shooting holes available right along the ice and from the mezzanine as well and we’ll be rotating shooters during the break between periods so you can see the advantages of shooting from different angles and perspectives. (Important: Please read the disclaimer below for more information.) This is incredible access, an incredible opportunity and one you’ll be talking about for years. There is simply nothing like it. After the game, get to bed early, because we’ve got a big day tomorrow.
This morning we are literally “on the ice” itself as we learn how to configure and rig remote cameras, including one of the most dynamic remote cameras in any sport — the in-goal remote camera. You’ll learn the entire process from beginning to end. Then we’ll get some more classroom time before we break for lunch on your own. We meet back on the ice to learn how to light and shoot professional-looking portraits of athletes and in the afternoon we’ll wrap up with a casual get-together ending at around 3:00pm where we can all unwind from an action-packed, fast-paced, incredibly informative and very fun weekend of shooting professional hockey.
With only eight positions available at ice level for the credentialed media to shoot the game, we were able to score THREE just for workshop attendees – most media organizations are only assigned one! Besides the ice level locations, there are designated “overhead positions” where photographers set up to shoot. These areas can accommodate more people than the ice levels.
In order to enable as many attendees as possible to shoot at ice level, we will be assigning one attendee per ice level position per period. So nine attendees will have the opportunity to shoot from ice level during the game, and the remaining attendees will be broken into groups and rotated in the overhead positions. In the event of overtime, attendees will stay in their positions: no time to rotate.
It was decided to do blind peer review of everyone’s work from the team practice sessions to determine who shoots at ice level. You will all critique each attendee’s best five shots, and the consensus of opinion will be the deciding factor.
Also, your payment is fully refundable if you cancel by April 19th, but after 4/19 all but $100 is refunded. Thank you.