Monday, August 13, 2012
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How do Olympic photographers get those great shots?


For two days in London, budding sports photographers got the chance to learn tips of the trade from professional photographers in iReport's "From Human to Hero" master class, in association with Nikon.  More than 200 people attended the classes, held over at the Getty Image gallery as the city buzzed from the biggest sporting event on the planet: The Olympic Games.


I was lucky enough to tag along to see how the class came together, to get some tips and to spread the word about iReport!  The attendees hailed from diverse backgrounds – I met a local school librarian, a pair of Formula One racing enthusiasts and an IT developer who, as a former athlete, was keen to cover the sports he had once enjoyed competing in.


In the class, expertise levels ranged from enthusiastic amateurs to skilled participants armed with the latest technology.


Many of the participants had already sent in wonderful pictures to our master class iReport assignment, capturing events as exotic and far ranging as triathletes in San Francisco to four-by-four mud racing in New Zealand.


Photographer Tom Miles, who conducted some of the sessions, said he was "really impressed" with the level of expertise and willingness to learn among the students.


"I hope they take away an increased skill base in sports photography and will be happy with the results they produce," he said. "Some could go on to do stuff that could be used for sites such as CNN in the future."


Miles stressed the importance of preparation, such as researching events from access to lighting needs, checking weather conditions and preparing the right kit. He said above all, it was important to be completely prepared to take the shot. If you're not, he warned, you miss the story.


He also emphasized the importance not just of the technical side of photography, but of the professional ways of behaving that will serve enthusiasts better when it comes to producing quality sports photography.


"The technical side you can learn quickly, but attitude is different, that will take you further than being good at handling a camera," he said.


As attendees swapped tips with each other and asked Nikon experts on hand for advice, I managed to secure a few promises from attendees that they'd send in some great photos to iReport. We're looking forward to seeing them!


Are you a shutterbug or sports photography enthusiast? You can also still send in your submissions to our sports photography master class assignment, which closes August 15th.


Submit your best shots and CNN sports photography experts will provide feedback on a selection of iReports. The most compelling images will be featured in a photo gallery for

August 13, 2012
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In the photo are these participants iReporters? Lot of empty place... I thought there is no more free places... I was also in London and have participated with my work in this assignment. 

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