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Sports Photography with Brad Mangin

Have you ever wondered how a sports photographer covers an assignment for Sports Illustrated? Brad will show his work from ballparks all over the country that has evolved over the years. He has shot everything on deadline from black and white film with a manual-focus camera in the 1980's to an iPhone in 2012. As the times have changed Brad has tried to adapt and keep things fresh as he photographs 100 baseball games a year. Brad will talk about what makes a great sports picture and tell you what editors and clients are looking for in a sports photograph.


Brad Mangin is a freelance sports photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His regular clients include Sports Illustrated and Major League Baseball Photos. After graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in photojournalism he worked for several newspapers, including The National Sports Daily (where he was hired by Neil Leifer), before starting to freelance in 1993. Mangin has covered the past 13 World Series for Major League Baseball, and regularly covers spring training in Arizona, and baseball on the west coast for Sports Illustrated.

Mangin is also a founding partner and managing editor of, an online community and resource for sports photographers and other working photojournalists. Mangin's new book "Instant Baseball" will be published in April of 2013. This book features images from the 2012 MLB season from Spring Training beginning in February all the way through the World Series in October - all through the lens of Instagram on his iPhone. Mangin's first book "Worth The Wait" was published in March of 2011. 'Worth The Wait" is the official commemorative book of the San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series season featuring Mangin's photographs from spring training through the final out of the World Series.

For more information visit Brad's website:

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Follow Brad on Instagram: @bmangin
Follow Brad on Twitter: @bradmangin


Attention participants: We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service.

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off for this event, so come early to take advantage of this deal.


Event schedule: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Presentation

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  • Karunakar N.

    Brad, Thanks for the insight into sports photographer life and few tips on different angles we can take sports photos. Shots you showed us were great and tac sharp. Hope some day i can take pictures like that.

    April 24, 2013

  • Stuart N.

    I always enjoy seeing a non-technical photographer take excellent pictures. Did anyone else notice his picture of Sanchez catching the ball with the tip of his glove on a giant MLB poster in the Men's room? Thanks for the meet up Sam.

    April 24, 2013

  • Fabián

    Baseball is not my thing but I learned a lot about Sports (action) Photography form Brad. His explanation was very simple and it shows the passion he has for the sport and for photography. I think he is very lucky for making a living with what he loves. But what I like the most about Brad is that he answered all the questions sincerely and to the point. This shows that he is very secure about what he does and not afraid of a little competition. Brad is very innovative and a down to earth kind of guy.
    Thanks Brad.
    Thanks Sam for organizing this presentation.

    April 24, 2013

  • SteveM

    Thanks to our presenter for an unvarnished look at the current state of sports photography, specifically baseball. Looking forward to soon to be available books

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Rick J.

    Brad is obviously very good at what he does. And it was nice to see his portfolio. But it would have been great if he could have shared a bit more of the "how" he does his craft.

    April 24, 2013

  • wenda p.

    Good to know that photographers have to stay ahead of the trends to survive. Good photography is not enough. Brad's instagram idea was a good one & fun.

    April 23, 2013

  • Baroness D.

    I am on Photo assignment until April 29th. I will be back May 1st, and will have presentation on my Photography May 8th at Apple Store San Francisco.

    April 18, 2013

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