When I first joined The Skyline View, I hadn’t even considered becoming a photographer, or for that matter, being anything but a writer. But, as I quickly learned during my first semester, in this day and age journalists can’t afford to be a one trick pony anymore.
Media outlets want reporters who can write, edit video/audio, take photos, and more. They want reporters with different skills, reporters they can throw at different assignments with the knowledge that they can do whatever is required of them. Instagram? Twitter? YouTube? Live streaming? Vine? Soundcloud? Blog? Podcasts? Some people can do it all, and they’re the ones getting hired.
No longer is a reporter just a reporter. Rather, a reporter’s workload has increased with the additions of social media, video, and audio sites. And, depending on what platforms a media organization is on, editors may require a story, social media posts, and multimedia product. And the reporter may be required to do all of them when covering an event, if there aren’t enough reporters to cover it.
Anyway, my point in mentioning all of this is that I’m thankful for it. It has forced me to take my own photos when covering a story. I was forced to learn from each image I took, while also learning from each story that I wrote, and every mistake that I made. Then, I would take those mistakes and apply them to the next photos I took for the paper.
When I first started taking photos, I took them using my own digital camera before I started using the newsroom Canon Rebel camera. It reminds me, that when I first took photos, my friend @JoeBarrack had to set up the manual controls for me, and between switching between it and the other settings available on the Rebel camera, it was a semester or two before I started adjusting the manual controls myself. Mainly because I was busy learning other skills in the newsroom, but in any case.
It took a while of learning, from doing test photo shoots in the newsroom and experimenting with the Rebel camera manual controls, before I finally got the hang of the shutter speed, ISO, and everything else.
So, taking photos on sunny and cloudy days? Got that quickly enough, but there were two areas of trouble that I quickly ran into. Taking photos during really dark places (like the Skyline College theater and night) and sports photos, where players are always moving very quickly.
Both proved very annoying, and seeing the failures pile up did leave me with a sense of dread. But I’m happier for having gone through the pain of learning, because in the end, I have become a better photographer for it. Now I can take photos inside the theater and at night, fast moving sports photos, and all sorts of other things. Although, I do still have problems with adjusting for motion, but that is a work in progess.
In the end, I’m happy that I’ve done countless photo assignments for The Skyline View. I’ve learned from each experience, and in doing so I’ve built up the set of photos that I can use professionally and for my resume.
If you’re interested in seeing the photos I’ve taken, you can click here to be taken to my Flickr account. If you’re interested in using my photos, just drop a comment or message me on Flickr and we can talk about it.
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