Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 7 Forum


Topic 1 

  1. Two tips from the textbook I learned about shooting sports photography are to check with staticians on various sports teams to see if any major records are about to be broken, and see if you can capture the moment as well as summarizing the entire experience into one photo, say for a newspaper. Both of these tips are extremely useful in furthering my knowledge of the art. For the first tip, this means to always be aware of what you are shooting, and know when you could take the biggest photo possible. There is a difference between a routine double and a franchise record for most consecutive doubles in games throughout the season. The second tip covers the issue of taking that one picture that will give viewers everything they need to know. If it is a basketball loss, try to catch the winners celebrating as well as the losers dragging their heads within the same picture.
  2. Without these techniques, I bet there would be a lot less dramatic sports photos throughout the years. What both of these techniques do is add emotion to the shots, giving the viewers a sense of what was going through the participants' minds when these events occurred. It also gives an incentive to these photographers to attend these important events, where maybe even more crazy things might happen than expected. It will also help out with the filling of the story. 
  3. Taking these tips into consideration when shooting my own assignments is paramount, because it will make my photos and their "captions" 1000x better. If I don't remember these tips, I might miss a huge moment or a perfect summary of whatever event I am at. I will try to look for reactions and emotions in faces from now on. At the end of every event, I will be look to get both teams in the shot, so I can show how the event was concluded. I will start asking around for anything out of the ordinary, like a bench player having a big game or a starter about to break his schools' record. I think my photos will drastically improve moving forward. 
Topic 2

  1. I think I will try to shoot a youth basketball game or a playoff volleyball game. I know it will be harder to capture a "beautiful shot" in these harsh lighting environments, but I will try my best. Football is getting tougher and tougher to shoot with the extreme weather conditions and it is not baseball season yet really, so I am going to try to shoot a gym-based sport. 
  2. I heard about a youth basketball game going on on Thursday, the 17 at the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. I will be there to take pictures using my newly acquired tips. 
  3. For the different angles, I want a close up of a free throw being shot. Players show immense concentration when shooting free throws, and I think it would make for a good photo. For the medium, I want to try a routine jump shot, but try to get one that is contested so I can get both the defender and the attacker, to make for an extra dramatic shot. For the overall, I was thinking to take a good picture of the jump ball. The jump ball is like the calm before the storm in basketball, where players are poised and ready for action. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 6 Blog 

Topic 1 

My hometown:

1) I am going to shoot Corvallis, OR because even though I am from Philomath, I have spent most of my life in Corvallis. I think there are more photo opportunities in Corvallis as well. 

2) For the landmark there are a couple things I could do, such as Reser stadium, the courthouse, wildcat park, the abandoned train, Avery park, and the downtown graffiti art. For the portrait I could shoot my old teacher who works at Timberhill as a work out instructor. For the event I might do a kids soccer game at Adams middle school. 

3) The biggest challenge I think I will have to face will be the portrait, just because I don't like taking pictures of people I don't know. I will have to find someone that will make the shoot meaningful and make the assignment eye-catching. 

Topic 2

1) The first tip I learned in this class that really stood out was the cropping. I started finding out that when I crop photos they really do look 100 times better. You can turn an "okay" photo into a great photo just with some simple cropping techniques.  

2) The second tip I learned was to always take as many as you can. When you are just starting your photo career, you want to take a lot of pictures because most likely a lot them them will be bad, simply due to inexperience. When you take a lot of pictures you are likely to find at least one you like, or at least can use. 

3) I can use these tips to make my photos the best the can possibly be. Without cropping, editing or taking lots of pictures I would really be limiting myself with the turnout of my assignments. With these tips I can make my blog look enticing. 

Week 6

For week 6, it was the photographers choice for the assignment. I chose to wake up early and head up to Mary's Peak on Thursday morning to capture the views.

In Image 1, you can see the sun just beginning to peak from behind the mountains. A lone crow decided to soar right in front of my lens as the trigger was pulled, at about 7:36 am. Mary's Peak was a popular location to watch the sunrise, with about 8 other vehicles of people bundled up to brave the blistering winds and freezing temperatures.  

Image 2 captures the still life around Mary's Peak. This was taken after exploring the area a little, finding backroads leading back to Alsea. I climbed high enough to get above the sea of fog, which made for a cool shot above the fog but beneath the clouds, with a landscape that is not often associated with Mary's Peak. This photo was taken over an hour after Image 1, at 8:47 am.

I ended up spending the day outdoors with good friends, and happened to capture a runner finishing up his jog as the setting back at Mary's Peak in Image 3. 20 year old Christopher Hoppe likes to run along Mary's Peak watching the sunset as he keeps in shape. Hoppe is in the Air Force, stationed in Denver. He had some time off and decided to visit his mother. Once he saw me taking photos of the sunset and knew he was in the shot, he decided to strike a pose. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Photo Journalism Blog


Topic 2

What is the best photo you have taken so far?

The week 4 assignment really made me realize what could come of my work if I really tried with the different assignments. I loved the outcome of this picture, with the only thing I don't necessarily like being the fact that you cannot totally see all of the targets' face. 

What is the worst photo you have taken so far?

This last week, being week 5 really had me frustrated with myself because of the outcome of my shots. Yes, it might be hard to get the "best possible photos" in a run down gym with bad lighting, but I was simply unhappy with most of the shots. I don't like this photo because I feel like I am not making her look very flattering. Also I do not like the cropping of the focus. 

What skill do you need to improve on the most?

For me, I feel like I do not take enough photos. You have a better chance to get easier photos to work with when you take more and more pictures. The more the merrier!

Week 5 Feature Assignment

October 28, 2016

Kelsey Herman flashes a smile as she warms up late Thursday evening at Cheldelin
Middle School for a city-league volleyball match. This is her 3rd season with her current
team. She plays on multiple teams throughout 4 different cities, always looking to play more.

Kelsey is seen setting up for a serve during the warmups of the game. She is a veteran
behind the line, most always getting her serves down. She practices constantly, always 
looking to get as much playing time in as possible. 

From left to right: Kelsey Herman, Mandy Williams, and Stephanie Marie. Team "Diggity"
experienced their first loss of the season, in the final match of the season. Usually they have
a healthy 6 players to run the league, but were missing two due to injury and illness and felt
the withdrawals late in game 1 when the opposing side started to pull away. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week 5 Blog Info 

Topic 1 

The story I chose to write about was the "Dog's Life" post from pages 246-247. I am a big dog person so I was immediately drawn to the photos which included animals. The specific picture which grabbed my eye was the photo in which one of the dogs is on a boogie board. 

Some challenges would definitely revolve around getting the dogs to all congregate together or even try to get them to look at the camera. There really isn't any ways to get dogs to do exactly as you want, especially if you did not train them yourselves. 

A theme I am seeing is the fact that the photographer looks like he wanted these dogs to be depicted as all having fun, there isn't a fun picture in which the dogs don't seem to be enjoying themselves, except for the last picture which shows the funeral celebration. 

Beyond taking the photos, the photographer obviously had to edit the pictures and put them through photoshop. There are some cool pictures involving the movement of lighting too. 

Some techniques I can work on to shoot my photo story are increased amount of angles, spending more time editing and photoshopping, shooting more pictures overall to find the best ones and shooting in various settings to improve diversity. 

Topic 2 

There are some ideas already flowing around in my head about what exactly I should shoot for my final project. I know I want to shoot in Philomath because that is where I spent the majority of my childhood. As for what exactly I can shoot, there is a fairly well known donut shop where most all of the locals go to get their morning fix. 

There is also a lot of people always around the high school, (tight-knit community). I am in Philomath a lot so everyday I am there I can bring my camera and shoot, whether early morning or late afternoon. I need to figure out the best times to go about shooting, like when events start and how long they last.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Photojournalism Week 4 Blog

Topic 2

Shoutout 2 of your classmates:

I thought this picture was really cool. I probably wouldn't have thought to approach the shot at a lower angle like she did. I like the close up and the sky in the background.  

For more of Emmaly's pictures, follow the link below:

This next picture I thought looked really cool as well. I like how well the VR headsets' lights compliment the photo's environment. The lighting looks great in this shot. 

For more of Pepper's photos, follow the link below: