The Art of Photography: Peter Read Miller's 30 Years with Sports Illustrated By Peter Read Miller

36 min

Join Mia McCormick and world-renowned sports photographer, Peter Read Miller, as they sit down to discuss Peter’s vast experience covering events for Sports Illustrated. During the course of their conversation Peter shares the story of how he got started shooting sports, the importance of networking across the industry, why capturing the peak of action is critical to creating a successful image, how to stay on your game over the long haul, and so much more!

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Peter shares the story of how he got started shooting sports and working with Sports Illustrated.
When shooting a sporting event you need to remember that capturing the tears can be as important as showing the cheers. Your goal is to create images that stop someone from turning the page because they want to learn more about what is happening in the photo.
Covering sports requires staying in shape; both mentally and physically. You need to research the sport you are covering and stay up on the latest equipment. We all need to find our own path to success, but having the technical skill and the passion for the job is fundamental.
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Peter Read Miller

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Peter Read Miller has been photographing athletes, events and sports for more than 30 years. He is currently a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, where he has worked for more than 20 years. His images have appeared on over 100 Sports Illustrated covers. Peter's advertising work includes photography for Canon's Rebel XTsi campaign...


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  1. Profile photo of mmaybell mmaybell

    This was one of my favorite courses on I learned a lot from a true master. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent. Even though I am not likely to shoot many sports I got a lot out of this in terms of composition, timing, placement and planning. And Scott’s shots were just as valuable because learning what not to do added an extra dimension. Thanks Scott for being such a good sport. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of John John

    Really enjoying this course. While I really appreciated the drama within the American Football images and I can see how much of the advice applies to many other sports, it would have been good to actually state this. For example, American Football similar to both codes of rugby (what I enjoy shooting), baseball to cricket etc. Given that football (soccer) is the biggest sport on the planet, it really needed a section to itself. Keep up the good work and thanks to all.

  4. Profile photo of Rob Turner Rob Turner

    One of the best sports photography training sessions I’ve seen! Scott and Peter bring their ‘A’ game for sure. There is so much information packed into this video that your finger is going to be sore from hitting replay. Get your notepads ready and hit “play” on this video! Thank you Peter and Scott for the excellent insights into sports photography. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of johnnypanic johnnypanic

    Excellent course. Informative and entertaining. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of 1144441 1144441

    I have watched the run thru of Peter’s photos and it almost brings tears to my eyes to see such superior work!!!! Many of us, well MOST of us, will have to wait until our next life to come close to such perfection. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of kfmdesigns kfmdesigns

    Awesome course, learned a lot! I am a Senior photographer and I shoot a lot of sports on the side. I appreciate this course, after I watched the volleyball session I called and schedule a shoot for one of the local schools. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of alanjsmith93 alanjsmith93

    Yet another informative course helping us set up the shot and thinking things through before pressing the shutter release, great job! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of dkoppelman dkoppelman

    I would have liked to have had some coverage on the sport of bull riding. The “play” is very unpredictable and the photographer has only up to 8 seconds to get “the shot”. Outside of that, the photos are truly the work of a great photographer and the course was outstanding in terms of learning about what makes a great sports photo. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Profile photo of Kyrunn Kyrunn

    Loved this course! Peter is such a awesome guy, clear messages and inspirational pictures. I’m totally pumped to try his tips.
    Oh, and please make this happen: “A football game with Peter Read Miller”. Now that would be the top class!
    Cheers! —- Yes, please post my feedback