The new semester has caused me to lag on my blog posts. If you're really following me, I'm sorry to let you down. However, know that I've been busy for a reason. This semester I'm enrolled in two Visual Communication courses - Advanced Multimedia and Small Systems Lighting. Recently, I completed a group video project for the multimedia class, which was a learning experience in itself.
As with any group project, there are small victories and small struggles. I am the kind of person who likes to control things - as in, my vision is my vision for the project and that's what it's going to be. However, when you work with a group... you have two other students' visions to consider. Editing video is challenging, but when you have three opinions about the best cut, or the best b-roll to use over certain audio.. it gets challenging. Despite how much I didn't enjoy working on this project, I do value the fact that I was exposed to two other styles and points of view. I can now use those different perspectives as I begin to work on my long-term short documentary over the rest of the semester.
Lighting and flash is something I feel like I struggle with. I use strobes in the basketball arena weekly, so I have a good understanding about how light freezes action and exposure, etc. But when it comes to simpler things, like portraits, I get stuck. I have trouble envisioning the final product, and placing my lights in a way that produces the kind of look I'm going for. Usually, I even have trouble envisioning what that look is. For the athletic department, I have done simple lit portraits to use as promotional materials, but I haven't adventured too much away from what I know how to do. I hope that I will learn how to do this in the lighting class.
Finally, I've started doing social media and writing for the worldwide photo community blog, PhotoBrigade. Recently, I wrote an article about the harsh words I've encountered as a female sports photojournalist.
Here's some photos from the last month or so since I've updated: