End of the Year

An audience member is sprayed with paint at the Life in Color event held at Worthen Arena on Saturday.  Life in Color is a concert event that included two Dj's and paint canons that drenched the audience.

An audience member is sprayed with paint at the Life in Color event held at Worthen Arena on Saturday. Life in Color is a concert event that included two Dj’s and paint canons that drenched the audience.

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.

The sun shines through a decaying wall in City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. The church was left abandoned about 40 years ago, and nature is taking the structure over.

The sun shines through a decaying wall in City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. The church was left abandoned about 40 years ago, and nature is taking the structure over.

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.

The moon rises above Union Station in Washington DC in Feb. 2012.

The moon rises above Union Station in Washington DC on Feb. 5, 2012.

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!

Fireworks explode on Navy Pier on July 4, 2012. Spectators enjoyed picnics before the start of the show.

Fireworks explode on Navy Pier on July 4, 2012. Spectators enjoyed picnics before the start of the show.

The Aerostars Formation Aerobatic Team performs in the Gary Southshore Air Show on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Marquette Beach in Gary, Indiana.

The Aerostars Formation Aerobatic Team performs in the Gary Southshore Air Show on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Marquette Beach in Gary, Indiana.

The sun sets behind Indiana wind turbines on Sept 3, 2012. This is the backdrop to my drive to and from Ball State University.

The sun sets behind Indiana wind turbines on Sept 3, 2012. This is the backdrop of my drive to and from Ball State University.

Lightning strikes just outside of my window on July 6, 2012. For this image I used three books in my window as a tripod.

Lightning strikes just outside of my window on July 6, 2012. For this image I used three books in my window as a tripod.

The Beneficence Statue on the campus of Ball State University stands with one arm extended towards the Muncie community. She is nicknamed "Benny" on campus.

The Beneficence Statue on the campus of Ball State University stands with one arm extended towards the Muncie community. She is nicknamed “Benny” on campus.

Northeast Pacific Sea Nettles on display at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. The "Jellies" exhibit includes twelve different species of Jelly Fish.

Northeast Pacific Sea Nettles on display at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. The “Jellies” exhibit includes twelve different species of Jelly Fish.

A grasshopper clings to the fifth floor window of the Lafollette Dorm complex at Ball State Unversity on Aug. 21, 2012.

A grasshopper clings to the fifth floor window of the Lafollette Dorm complex at Ball State Unversity on Aug. 21, 2012.

Cloud Gate reflects light during an instillation called "Luminous Field" on Feb. 12, 2012.

Cloud Gate reflects light during an instillation called “Luminous Field” on Feb. 12, 2012.

Dancers perform in Aubergine Trails choreographed by Rachael Brown during the Senior Choreography Showcase at Ball State University.

Dancers perform in Aubergine Trails choreographed by Rachael Brown during the Senior Choreography Showcase at Ball State University.

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