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!

Agenda

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
From a small darkroom to the most iconic stadiums flooded with lights—Jean Fruth’s trajectory as one of baseball’s preeminent photographers has taken her on a round-the-horn tour of the sport’s most indelible landmarks. First base was New York City, where as a student she fell in love with the alchemy of photography. Second base meant a move to Healdsburg, California, where her focus turned to portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location.  From there, Jean covered the Giants and A’s for the better part of a decade, before turning her attention to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where she helped to build the museum’s profile and photo archive by contributing her work to the venerable institution over four seasons. Today, Jean is a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball, a digital media company that tells the story of Latino baseball across the United States and Latin America through original video, written and social content. She is recognized by Sony as one of its 45 “Sony Artisans of Imagery,” worldwide. Her book, Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, the first in a series, was published in 2019 and served in part as an inspiration to co-found Grassroots Baseball, a non-profit organization. Grassroots Baseball’s mission is to promote and celebrate the amateur game around the globe, with a focus on growing interest and participation at the youngest levels.

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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