5-session class taught by Dave Ficke starting Thursday, August 1

Sporting events are unique to the cultures of the world and live in the hearts of their fans. This course is designed to help the student photographer focus on becoming a better sports photojournalist and gain the adaptability to cover various sporting events that truly showcase the sport, the athlete, as well as storytelling. This class will not be focusing on Sports Studio Photography, flash photography, high speed sync, etc. These topics can be covered in another class.  


Redlands Camera Club Members $100
Non Members $125
6 students maximum 


Any questions contact Dave Ficke at [email protected] and put “Sports” in the subject line.

Class Sessions:  


On satisfactory completion of this course, student should be able to: 

  1. Understand the Associated Press Photojournalism Guidelines.
  2. Understand the better places to be in photographing various sporting events.
  3. Set up your camera (exposure, light balance, shutter speed and aperture) and focus points for those shots, and why. 
  1. Look for those peak or action moments and be prepared to shoot them.
  2. Understand the importance of a strong story in sports photography.
  3. Successfully edit your images.



  1. Introduction and where do I start? 
  2. Why you must understand the sporting event that you will be covering.
  3. What are the 7 Principles for Great Sports Photojournalism?
  4. Dealing with various lighting conditions. 
  5. Picking the right equipment for the job.
  6. Understanding the “peak moment” and other tidbits for a great shot.
  7. Editing your images. 



  1. The student will follow the Associated Press Photojournalism Code of Ethics. You may find these PSA division definitions helpful.
  2. The student will have the opportunity to photograph several sporting events. 
  3. The student is expected to submit photographs (3) of their best shots from those sporting events that demonstrate that they understand the 7 Principles of Sports Photojournalism.  
  4. The student will demonstrate photographically that they can tell a story with their work.  
  5. Students will provide images for critiquing through the Zoom meetings.

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Presented by Dave Ficke

Dave Ficke is an American nature and wildlife photographer and conservationist. Dave’s thirty years as an environmental educator and life-long wildlife enthusiast has nurtured a love of nature and its beauty, which he has captured in his photographs. Long an advocate of conservation and stewardship of our natural environment, he has passionately taught those principles as a high school science teacher. Dave believes in experiential education and for 33 years took his high school students on weeklong field trips to Yosemite, canoeing down the Colorado river and sharing many other outdoor experiences with his students.

Dave’s entire career has been influenced by his dedication to environmental conservation; his roles as both photographer and field biology teacher have reflected this. Dave believes he can capture a great many people’s attention regarding the rapid loss of species in our wild places across the globe, with his camera as well as his in-depth knowledge of earth’s rapidly deteriorating ecosystems. “It’s critical that our students understand that all of us are part of this earth ecosystem, and we need to protect our wild places and the species that live there.”