Photographing Tennis, A Guide for Photographers, Parents, Coaches & Fans

2018 US Open Photography Workshop

"I really enjoyed the class and meeting some delightful people to shoot with. I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone wanting a fun day of shooting." — George Gough, New York

Have you ever wanted to photograph the pros on the biggest stage in U.S. tennis? Now is your chance, all under the guidance of a 20-year veteran of tennis photography.

Chris Nicholson will lead a photographers' workshop during the 2018 US Open Qualifying rounds. Work with Chris on the grounds of the biggest tennis tournament in the world, photographing world-class players vying for one of the few spots left in the main draw.

The workshop will include hands-on tips from Chris, lunch at the US Open food village, photographing court-side at the US Open (shooting in the best spots for varying light during the day), participation in a private online group for sharing photos afterward, a great time overall, and more.

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• Photograph actual live matches at the US Open Qualifying tournament.

• Learn some of the "secret spots" for getting great action photos at the US Open.

• Photograph some of the top pros in practice. (In past years we've been able to photograph Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Gaël Monfils, James Blake, Jelena Janković and Lleyton Hewitt.)

• We'll talk about and work on angles, timing, light, lens choice, capturing different types of action and important match moments, and more.

• Any questions related to tennis photography are welcome—anything you want to learn will be addressed.

• Chris will guide the workshop participants to the best spots on the grounds to shoot at different times of day. Maximize the best light, and make great use of midday's "bad" light.

August 22, 2018 (rain date Aug. 23)
USTA Bille Jean King National Tennis Center
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Approximate Schedule:

11-11:30 — Introductions and general discussion about tennis photography
11:30-1:30 — Shooting courtside, including one-on-one assistance
1:30-2:15 — Group lunch, including general discussion and Q&A
2:15-7:00 — Shooting courtside in various locations, in the best light of the day
Next day — Sharing photos on the group Facebook page!

Availability is limited, so please reserve today!

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"The workshop was really helpful. Just one short session already has me paying more attention to composition and angles when photographing matches." — Steve R., Queens, New York


"Our day of shooting photography at the US Open was really exciting. Through thoughtful planning, we were able to take advantage of locations and daylight to maximize the artistic quality of our shots." — Carlton Best, Connecticut


"There was a ton of action on the courts throughout the day and we got the chance to practice different shooting techniques at each court and around the grounds. My favorite part of the day was having the chance to shoot some of the greatest tennis players to ever play the game and to do it while gaining the experience and skills to produce beautiful images." — Sean Elliott, Connecticut


"I had a blast. Chris is a great teacher. Patient, supportive and right there if we had questions." - Karen Greatti, New Jersey

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