Photography in Action: Capturing the Spirit of Sport (Summer 2014)

Photography and Filmmaking

A successful sports photograph achieves a delicate balance between storytelling and art. In every sport, there are moments of power, grace, and transition, many of which go unnoticed by spectators. Moving beyond basic photo techniques, International sports and Olympic photographer, Paul Phillips of Competitive Image will work with students the illustrate the tools necessary to effectively capture the excitement and drama of any sporting event from a child's soccer game to an Olympic event.

Planning, locations, angles, backgrounds and shooting with intention as well as the importance of understanding the biomechanics of each sport will be discussed in class before students are invited to shoot local events.

The class will meet on one Wednesday and three Tuesdays at MCAD for class time, lectures, active practice, and peer critiques. In addition, students will have the opportunity to shoot road and track cycling on June 13, 15, 19 and 26; triathlon on June 22 and 28; and various running events. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Prerequisite: Participants must have a Digital SLR camera; a telephoto lens; and have a working familiarity with their camera and basic photographic concepts.

Please Register Before: 6/6/2014

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Scholarships and Savings 

/ A limited number of financial‚Äźneed scholarships available. Apply online.
/ Register on or before May 19 and receive $25 off total tuition.
/ More tuition savings. Do you qualify?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Photo courtesy of CE instructor, Paul Phillips.

Course Details

Course Number: PH 9550
Dates: Jun. 11 – Jul. 1
Tuesday, Wednesday
MCAD class meetings 6:30-9:30 in addition to shooting opportunities at varied dates and times
Paul Phillips
Main Building Room 440
Non-Credit Tuition: $304.00

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