June 12 – Pro Photo Workshop + Seminar: Take Me Out To The Ballgame!


  • When: Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 5:00-10:00pm (Sports Photo Seminar @ ~5:00pm, Game @ ~7:15pm)
  • Where: Smokies Baseball Park (3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764)
  • What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Sports Photo Workshop
  • Cost:
    PPETN Members: Free to attend and shoot; details for tickets and food below (join here)
    Non-Members: $20.00 to attend & shoot; details for tickets and food below (first visit is free)
  • Everyone wanting to attend must RSVP by June 10!

Basic Info

The next meeting for PPETN (Professional Photographers of East Tennessee) will be Thursday, June 12 at Smokies Park at Exit 407 on I-40. We encourage members to attend our Pro Photographers’ Sports Seminar at 5:00pm (see below). The McLaughlin Print Photography Competition will NOT take place this month and the game will be from 7:15pm until it ends, probably between 9:30-10:00pm.[/two_third]



Workshop: Professional Baseball Game

mattutbaseballMembers and their family and friends are welcome to attend the game. This is a unique opportunity for PPETN members to photograph a professional sporting event and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. There are two options for attending the game: as a photographer or as a spectator.

Our members and guests ($20 to attend—first time guests are free) who want to photograph the game after our seminar will receive complimentary admission to the game in exchange for submitting your edited, full-resolution, un-watermarked images with a commercial release to the Smokies Baseball Club. PPETN will provide the release document for each photographer to sign before shooting and will download all memory cards at the end of the game to make sure that all photographers given media access provide images to the team. We ask that edited images be submitted to PPETN by June 30. (Photographers who do not meet this deadline may have their unedited images submitted to the team, so try to get them in on time!) To obtain media credentials for the game, you must RSVP below by June 10.

Members, friends, and family who want to simply attend the game without photographing are welcome to come (at no additional charge beyond the cost of a ticket)! Tickets are available at a discounted group rate of $8.50 per person. You will be able to pay at the park (the Smokies request you bring exact change with you if paying in cash), but you must RSVP below by June 10.

Pro Photo Sports Seminar Program

mattvintagebaseballPresented by Matthew DeMaria, Sports Photographer
Knoxville’s own Matthew Demaria will share with us the ins and outs of sports photography, providing tips for beginners and seasoned pros alike. His program will also prepare members for photographing the baseball game immediately following the seminar, which is an added benefit of this event—you can put the skills and techniques you learn to work right away!

We will have a buffet available for those attending the sports seminar program, including hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, drinks, etc. for $13 per person. Attendees will be able to pay at the event, but you must RSVP below by June 10, and the Smokies request you bring exact change if paying with cash.

Matthew’s bio is located at the bottom of this page.

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McLaughlin Print Photography Competition

The McLaughlin Print Photography Competition will not be held in lieu of the busy schedule of the seminar and workshop this month.

PPETN Door Prizes

Door Prizes will not be given out in lieu of the busy schedule of the seminar and workshop this month.

Speaker Bio

Matthew DeMaria

mattdemariaMatthew first started photographing sporting events for the Marshall University Marching band in 2008. In 2009, he moved to Knoxville to pursue a professional graduate degree at the University of Tennessee. After several years of working with different agencies, Matthew is one of the official photographers with the University of Tennessee Athletics Department. In the last year he has shot over 100 sporting events for the university. These include The US Winter Nationals Competition and NCAA Championship games in three sports. Beyond UT, Matthew freelances for several other organizations, universities, and for national publications like Swimming World Magazine, ESPN, and Row2K.

His accolades as a sports photographer include having images in the Loan Collection at IPPA, being named one of the Tenn. Best by TNPPA, and being selected as honorable mention for the Sports Shot of the Year in Photo Magazine.

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