Here are my first photos for my Intro to Photojournalism class – COM 2280 – we’re starting to really get into shooting and putting our classroom instruction into practice. This is my favorite part of many assignments, getting to dig into the coursework and get my hands dirty so to speak.
I have a lot of history with cameras and photo technology. At 17 I stumbled into a job that not only started me on my path, but also gave me my love for filming and sports. I worked as a media technician for a junior college, thankfully we also produced and broadcasted campus athletics and had a contract with a junior level hockey team that fed college and professional camps. It was during this time that I grew from an admirer of photography and videography, to being a photographer and videographer. While I love my broadcast work, there was always something about the stillness of photo that captured me.
Along my journey I’ve become friends with a photographer who mainly does sports but has had a lot of success in the industry. She’s given me tips and tricks to help me start out and a primer on what to expect if I were to continue in the same vein that she did. I appreciate all of her advice as it has really helped me, especially for this photojournalism class.
During the past few weeks in class, we’ve been learning the ins and outs of our cameras. I’ve learned some more about my own camera as well as with technical skills in general. How light is seen by the camera and how motion is used or stopped plays a huge role in how a photo turns out.
Beyond knowing your laws and ethics, a photojournalist has many elements to consider when they’re out in the field shooting. Focusing on the subject, light and speed are all things that we must do and can be hard to juggle if the lighting changes.
I decided to take some photos of my favorite subject; my cat Goose. I’ve had Goose since 2013 and she’s a wild one, constantly running around and getting spooked by the smallest of sounds. She was a wonderful subject for these initial photos to help hone my skills.