My last month at the Review-Journal was amazing! Here are some of my highlights from September. Unfortunately, in the process of backing everything up to all my external hard drives, I lost a few assignments' full takes along the way. Some of the photos are screenshots from what I could retrieve online. Lesson learned to back files up right away and not seconds before you leave Vegas to move home to LA!! Missing the newsroom very much and I am so grateful for the opportunities I had to grow as a photojournalist and explorer of a complex, unique city!
Another month down at the Review-Journal! Still amazed at the variety of assignments I get to cover every day!
Another hectic and amazing month at the RJ!
WHAT A FUN MONTH!! I've been at the RJ for over a month now and June was jam packed. Getting used to the heat has been difficult, but the variety of events I've photographed have been incredible and full of learning opportunities. Check out my work and let me know what you think!
It was my first time attending/capturing MizzouThon this weekend after four years of trying to make it out to the Rec and I was really blown away by the energy in the room as well as the sense of community that students created during their 13.1 hours of dancing! The organization's mantra is "For The Kids" and it is evident that the kids were having such a blast with their families and their college friends they have established relationships with throughout the year! Congrats to the 1200 dancers that raised over 300k for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital!
Hey everyone! Check out some photos from the Women's March that took place in Columbia, Mo, the day after the Presidential Inauguration in January!
This project was such a blast to work on! I have always had an interest in house mothers and the importance they play in a sorority. I ended up finding six house mothers that were willing to be photographed and I spent about an hour with each of them, shooting and interviewing. I used one speed light with an umbrella and for every portrait, I placed it on the left side of me. Some portraits were taken at full power and others less power because of the inside lights being strong. I took all the portraits in one school day, so there was really no room for mistakes. The commander device I placed on my camera worked, but my LCD screen blacked out several times and wouldn't allow me to look at my photos. I factory reset the camera and that helped me continue my project! That was my only trouble during the day. I tried to capture the personalities of each house mom to the best of my abilities, also without leaving out the surrounding environment.
For this assignment, I was at the La Habra Boxing Club in California. I shot at the venue as part of the Sports Shooter Academy, a weeklong workshop of sports photography. I used a low powered strobe that was placed on the left side of me to give a small key light to the boxer jabbing in front of me. It was a matter of trial and error and eventually the proper exposure combined with artificial light to showcase a moment of power and strength. I did not use a gel for this, so I cannot say I properly did the assignment, but I do think the blending of light was successful!
I really enjoyed this assignment because I was able to shoot a sport I have never captured before. Monique and I went to a Club Swim practice and photographed Claire Schlimm, along with her other teammates during their last training session before Thanksgiving break. We used a Nikon SU 800, a "Pocket Wizard" type device that automatically synced the two SB 910's that were remote. It was a really easy setup, especially with everything hooking up properly, and we decided that them being on the outside lane worked best with our flashes. My favorite select is the photo of them racing towards the end of the pool during warm ups and how symmetrical they are with their arm movements. Monique held on flash above their heads on the right side of me and then the other flash was about 10 feet away on the side of the pool lane. Each one was at 1/4 or 1/8 power because the venue was already well lit. I think this was successful, even though it wasn't peak action. It is a unique angle of athletes and I like that I can see the bottom of the pool!
Here is my video interview with Nana. We used a two camera setup and a two light setup to get her face lit evenly and to make the video more visually appealing. The hardest part of this assignment was matching her voice to the sound in post production, but besides that, I enjoyed this project and hope to conduct more interviews like this with more experimental lighting. We used a D7100 and an 80-200mm 2.8 lens for the close up camera and we used a 40-120mm wide angle lens with a D750 for the wide angle perspective and edited in Final Cut Pro.
This project was really difficult for me because I did not have a ton of time to complete it and I had complications with my flash. I liked the photos I took at the Chapel, even though they were not necessarily in the criteria of "fill" and "balancing" and unfortunately became the key light for the scene. I put my camera on Command Mode, turned down my on camera flash to the very least level of power, and then used my off camera flash on lower power as well. For the first photo, I held the flash above my head and out towards the left to point down to Paul, whereas the second photo, I put it underneath the bench so that the light would disperse towards the subject that left a dramatic looking shadow behind him and he successfully was illuminated. In the future, I would like to practice this for a much longer length of time and also be able to utilize harsher lighting conditions to really challenge myself.
This assignment was such a blast! I really enjoy working with animals/creatures of any kind, so it gave me an extra challenge where normally a human would be sitting in front of me. By utilizing a fish and also the fish snack food, I could be conceptual, creative, and minimalist simultaneously. I backlight the mason jar and also turned on a strobe that went underneath the backdrop to shine through and give a sense of transparency. There were no lights in front because it would cause heavy reflection or shine, so using a back strobe was the most effective way to document glass properly. Check it out!
Caption for photo:
"This photo has a double meaning for the word "Goldfish." It is referring to the live creature in the Mason jar, as well as the snack food surrounding it. Normally, a jar holds items that can be preserved for long amounts of time that also are not alive. Maybe this photo is a metaphor for the stress we feel in college, feeling kind of trapped and enclosed in small spaces, especially during senior year when the real world is rapidly approaching. It is up for interpretation!"
For my single flash assignment, I attended the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival as well as Mizzou Swing Club Dance Lessons. My outdoor photo was with a direct flash and my indoor photo was a bounce flash off of a green wall in Memorial Union. I was very worried that it was going to be unsuccessful because I was missing the radio receiver that I needed for the Pocket Wizard to properly communicate with the flash, so I turned my camera on command mode. The command mode allowed me to use my on camera flash to trigger the off camera flash and not overpower its light as well. I had a lot of fun stopping action and giving two very different settings a well lit outcome. I hope to practice this skill more with sports photography.
Hey everyone! Here are my two portraits of Nate Brown, unedited. My first portrait that is a single flash portrait, I jumped into without any idea of how I was going to set up the lights. The second one I wanted to focus more heavily on because I knew with a multi flash setup, the lighting could be extremely successful or too overexposed. I opted to create a look like Martin Schoeller. The beauty dish was put above two soft boxes and Nate looked directly in the camera almost at eye level, giving an intimate feel because of how close he was to the lights and to the photographer, aka me! The first portrait was a simple straightforward shot as well, but a wider composition. I learned that if sync speeds do not match up on both the meter and the camera, you will get a terrible result of a black bar across your photo. I am looking to be more adventurous with the composition of subjects and if I could more successfully light environmental portraits, I will be very pleased! I am posting the edited versions as well, where I used VSCO filters to change the colors. Take a look!
I had my first assignment for Advanced Techniques, which involved taking photos of photos! This is called copy work and it's extremely crucial for future freelance jobs or even salaried positions where archiving and even documentation of every day objects is needed to be captured by a professional. The lighting was already set up for me, luckily, but I had to adjust my camera farther away from the image because I was using a 50mm lens. I had trouble at firs figuring out how to change my camera's 1/3 stops to now 1/2, but after that, it was smooth sailing. I learned that lighting plays a role in absolutely every photo, especially copy work. It is a tedious job, but it is a great skill to have because a scanner will never take the place of a high resolution image straight out of the camera. The photos are from Steve McCurry's "Untold" series.
Here are some of the photos I have made this year so far! Many of the images shown were created for the University of Missouri while I was on assignment, and others are for my Fundamentals of Photojournalism class. Enjoy!
For my Fundamentals of Photojournalism class, I was responsible for going out into Columbia and photographing ten individuals. Unfortunately, with the high volume of students roaming the streets with their cameras, I knew that a theme would help get more versatile portraits and a more in depth response from each subject. I chose the public service sector as my theme because I have always admired the careers of librarians, police officers, firefighters, teachers, etc. and wanted to peer into their daily lives through the lens. All nine subjects that I was able to photograph had such an accommodating and generous nature to themselves, something that is reflected in their passion towards people. Public service jobs are extremely important to this country and I truly enjoyed the new perspectives I gained from each Columbia employee. (Most of these portraits are focused on the upper half of the body and are in black and white because those were the requirements of the assignment.)
Just a few days ago, I returned from a weeklong trip to Atlanta, Georgia, where I was able to work with various homeless shelters and food banks to serve individuals affected by homelessness and poverty. In between organizing thousands of clothing items in the closet of the shelter, putting together hygiene kits for the clients, and placing pounds upon pounds of food into boxes to be distributed to local partner agencies, I was able to meet some unforgettable people every day. Some were kids, some were adults, and some were in between, like me, trying to figure out the path of their life. I formed connections with once unfamiliar faces and throughout the week, learned about their dark times, their loved ones, and their dreams for the future. We formed bonds through dialogue that sometimes was meaningful and also sometimes without a purpose, a sort of connection that makes a friendship grow stronger with every vocal exchange. I think about these individuals now with great hope and admiration, knowing that these unfamiliar faces are all very much familiar to me now, proving that all it takes is a few days to truly bring happiness into someone's life. That is what they did for me.
Alex Webb went to get her second tattoo on Tuesday night at Nathan's Tattoo Shop in Canoga Park. She wanted to get a wave on her arm because of her lifelong passion for the water, surfing, and for her love of California, a hometown state that has become more and more temporary since her move to attend Hope College in Michigan. Tattoo artist Joey Travers spent about an hour working on the tattoo and talked to Alex about the cold weather in Michigan and his upbringing in New England.