Sports Photography: From Grassroots to the Pros with Jean Fruth

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February 8, 9 & 12 (Two 2-hour sessions & One 2.5-hour session)

Guest Speaker: Steve Fine

What goes into making an iconic picture? Whether you are shooting the World Series or a Little League game, the goal remains the same: to make startling, memorable images.  Sony Artisan Jean Fruth will share her story on how she got started shooting professionally and will give insights on what constitutes a great picture and how to shoot one.

This interactive workshop will focus on prepping for your shoot, assembling the right gear, choosing the right point of view, and editing your work for impact. The middle part of the workshop will focus on reviewing a project or portfolio of your choice to provide feedback with a second review the next session. Throughout, Jean will share stories of her early days in sports photography and how she took it to the next level. 

Jean will also have a special guest editor Steve Fine throughout the entire three sessions!


Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8pm – 10pm ET

  • Opening/Jean and Steve Introductions
  • Student Intros and interactive discussion
  • Jean’s presentation
    • What is a great sports image?
    • How to prepare for your shoot 
    • What gear you will need 
    • Sense of place
    • Editing!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8pm – 10pm ET 

  • Shooting angles and pre-game
  • Project reviews/feedback
    • What went right/positives
    • What might you have done differently?
    • Actions for next time

Saturday, February 12, 2022 1pm – 3:30pm ET

  • Steve’s presentation
    • Editor/Photographer relationship
    • Approaching an editor
  • Project reviews/feedback
    • What went right/positives
    • What might you have done differently?
    • Roundtable with Q&A

Jean Fruth

Workshop Faculty

Photographer Jean Fruth does more than take pictures.  She tells stories — of vibrant personalities, local cultures, and distinctive communities.  From a small darkroom to the most iconic stadiums flooded with lights, Jean’s trajectory as one of photography’s preeminent visual storytellers has taken her on a round-the-horn tour of the world’s most indelible landmarks – from the world of baseball to the world at large.  Sports have always been Jean’s most compelling subject, and from her earliest days in sports photography, she covered everything from wrestling to sailing to basketball — and on any given Friday, she could be found taking full advantage of those Friday night lights, shooting northern California’s storied football rivalries.

Soon Jean was called up to the big leagues herself, as she spent nearly a decade shooting the crown jewels of Bay Area sports — the Giants, the A’s, the 49ers.  Her portfolio quicky expanded when she was invited to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, where she helped build the museum’s archive and bring to life the story of baseball.  America’s most eminent historical institutions – including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Smithsonian — have featured her work.

What drives Jean now is to serve communities through her storytelling – as the co-founder of Grassroots Baseball, a non-profit that promotes participation in baseball at the youngest levels, and as a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball and La Vida Sports, digital media companies that shares the stories of Latino sports around the globe.  As one of Sony’s select Artisans of Imagery, and through her popular workshops, she shares her techniques, her insights, and her love of images — both the power of pictures and the stories they tell.

Jean’s first book, Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, was released in 2019. Her latest, Grassroots Baseball: Route 66, was published in spring 2022, with proceeds benefitting the non-profit program.

Steve Fine

Workshop Faculty

Steve Fine was the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated from 1996 until 2013. Prior to that he was deputy photo editor serving under the legendary Heinz Kluetmeier. More recently he spent six years as picture and sports editor at Flipboard, a mobile news aggregator. Steve worked at The New York Times from 1983-92, first as sports picture editor and then as deputy photo editor under Kathy Ryan at the Sunday Magazine. Currently he is a digital news curator at Facebook. 

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