Confession time. I accidently left my entire camera bag in the back of a stranger’s car during an all day shoot. I needed to shoot in two different locations, so I grabbed a ride with a volunteer who’d be going between them. The bag included all of my lenses, my wallet containing about $60 dollars cash, my debit card, and my license, and all of my other gear including an external flash and my extra battery. Ouch. Lesson learned. I can say that I will never do it again. Things I will also never do again include having two dead batteries, leaving for a shoot without a memory card, forgetting to clear a card before my next shoot, and taking a dead laptop out of my room to edit. You have to make mistakes to learn your lessons and I’m quite good at mistakes. I’m glad for these experiences because I’m much better at remembering to charge batteries, clear cards, charge my laptop and always grabbing my bag when exiting strangers cars.
In the last year, I’ve improved rather quickly and easily. I’ve learned more efficient ways to handle photos when I’m done shooting, how to shoot lightning and fireworks and to approach a variety of situations. I’ve developed an eye for light and I’ve gotten much better at quickly adjusting my camera for whatever I’m looking at.
I’ve discovered how important it is to be proficient in different aspects of journalism. I’ve learned how to capture quality audio, how to edit it, and how to add it to an effective slideshow. I’ve created audio stories that included an introduction, interviews and a wrap up of the story. I will begin a video class next semester in which I will learn how to shoot quality video and how to edit it. I’ve gotten experience in writing for the Daily News, and I hope to continue practicing journalistic writing.
I began volunteering as a photographer for the Daily News at the beginning of my first semester of college, and I will be hired on for the next half of the school year. I’m very excited to begin working at Ball State’s Newspaper. Everyone who works there has been incredibly supportive and it’s a fantastic place to practice my crafts and make mistakes.
I’ve developed a passion for creating really great captions. I like gathering the information and learning about people and events in the process. It’s fun to talk to people and understand them in the context of what I’m shooting. I’m glad that I enjoy something that is essential to my photos destined for the newspaper.
I’m very excited for 2013 and I’m very hopeful about the doors it will open for me. Everything seems to be going very well for me at this point and I have every reason to be very optimistic about the future! Here are my favorite photos from 2012, and I hope to have many more at the end of 2013!