Just wanted to make a quick note that this blog is for the most part on hold until I finish my current job as Editor in Chief of the Collegian. Unfortunately I just haven’t had time with this job to manage all of my social media accounts and this is one of those.
Here’s a proposal by our newsroom adviser Michael Humphrey for a grant from the Knight Foundation. Really interesting idea.
1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]
Inspired by TV’s second-screen experience, we propose an open digital newsroom fueled by our community’s conversations on Social Media networks.
2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30 words]
For example, USC…
Some newsroom shenanigans. Just playing with the video features on the Nikon D300s.
Video shot by: Johnny Hart, Sam Noblett, Madeline Novey
Chair Racer: Nick Lyon
Video Edited by: Johnny Hart
Just wanted to put a quick post up saying that I have some posts to make this weekend. The past two weeks have been pretty damn crazy for work and school, so I haven’t really had time to do much.
Just as a heads up, I’m going to be changing the theme of the blog as this one doesn’t work with photos very well.
Hmm, that’s probably a lie. It’s probably only a handful of people who actually read this.
But none the less its time to resume normal programing despite my slow posting.
For this weeks post I’d like to share one of the most difficult shoots I’ve done to this day, ranking right up there with an outdoor candle light vigil, a roller derby. The Collegian is covering FoCo Girls Gone Derby for its Verve story.
Overall it was a pretty fun thing to shoot, just not easy in any way. I’m honestly not that happy with what I came back with. I would have liked to have my subjects separate from their backgrounds and surroundings in a way that I wasn’t able to achieve. I think it might have happened if I could have moved the light a bit closer to the track, but instead I had the light high in the stands.
Quick detour in the post for a technical description.
Nikon D300s F2.8 ISO 400 shutter and lens varies
So while I was enjoying shooting a new subject I was becoming more and more frustrated because I couldn’t get what I wanted. I tried dragging the shutter with a rear curtain sync to see if I could get some cool blur with a sharp subject. But I soon found that either the movement is to erratic for the effect or I just suck to hard at tracking people on skates, either way it just wasn’t working.
So next attempt is all flash, with a dark background. This didn’t work well with multiple subjects and hard shadows. I would end up with the edge person bright, if not blown out, and everyone else in their shadow thus loosing all of the detail on them.
I ended up with some passable photos. However I’m not sure if it was due to skill, luck or determination. Most likely not skill in this case. Oh well, I guess we all have off days/assignments.
Its this point in the post where I ask you, my loyal and probably few readers to please comment, critique, respond, or just generally talk to me, haha. or tweet me or facebook whichever you prefer as to not leave me hanging.
Thanks for reading.
So tonight I was in the photo room at the Collegian with Samantha Baker when she started screaming about a spider running around. I usually don’t like spiders very much but for some reason I wasn’t terribly concerned this time.
When I looked a little closer I noticed that it was bright red.
So, being quick and sharp insert internet sarcasm here, I asked another photographer to chase it around on the desk till I could find something to catch it.
So I grabbed a cup and put kept it till I could get home to grab my camera.
Then I put it in the freezer. Needless to say, he didn’t do so well
So for how I made this shot, Was pretty simple using my 60mm macro lens and an SB-800 on a TTL cord.
I dumped him from his freezer cup onto a piece of white printer paper, pried his legs out so he still looked alive-ish and set the flash directly next to him in TTL mode. I set my aperture to f32 with it being my highest setting and shot away.
Turned out pretty cool for my first adventure into bug photography.
I kinda wish that I would only have put him in the fridge so that instead of being dead he would have merely been sluggish and therefore holding himself up rather than being splayed on the table.
But thats about it. Feel free to chime in with comments, tips or questions
So after roughly two weeks I finally have something I felt like putting up.
I got a call last week from a photographer at the Loveland Reporter-Herald asking me if I would like to do some freelance work for them. This was pretty damn, cool if I’m honest with it being my first paid work for a newspaper where they sought me out. Side not but still pretty cool.
So back to the topic/shoot at hand. I was asked to shoot high school soccer and football. I was pretty amazed at how dark it was when I got there. Not sure if my memory isn’t accurate or what but I don’t remember it being that dark at my high school. I ended up shooting ISO 2000 F2.8 1/320s and just hoping for a sharp shot.
It worked out for me pretty well surprisingly, I didn’t get as many keepers from the shoots as I was hoping for or have in the past.
However it was good to get out and shoot, hopefully there will be more to come on this end.
Plan to have a post sometime this week about shooting a roller derby, check back soon
Had to go out and shoot a last minute feature/standalone photo last night. Was a lot of fun and I was pretty happy with the results. But also kind of nice to know that I still have it in me to get fast quality wild feature art.
However there were some things i think i could have done better.
First the settings.
f/4.0 1/50s ISO 1600
12mm on Nikon D300s
SB-800 on camera in TTL with diffuser on, bounced off wall behind me
For things I would have changed is i wish that i would have moved the flash off camera on a cord and held it out camera right to rake across his face rather than coming from behind me.
It would have caused the shadows oh the hand holds to to rake in a more natural direction.
I’m also torn as to if I should have gelled the flash with a full cut of CTO(color temperature orange for the non-photo nerds).
Also I’d love any critique that you would like to give on this photo. let me know through whatever means you would like