This assignment required me to go to a live, newsworthy event and tweet what was happening, and also get two interviews. What I enjoyed most about this assignment was the event itself. It was really hard to tweet because I was really involved in watching the event. In my opinion, it seems logical that tweeting during a live event while not getting distracted is a skill. The level of distractions really surprised me. After the event, something I would do differently is sit alone. It was hard to focus while I was engaging with other spectators. Despite the rookie difficulties, tweeting is going to benefit my career because it is a key way to reach and communicate with people. Although I felt ineffective with my tweets because I don’t have a strong twitter platform, someone who has a developed platform would benefit largely from this type of play-by-play, factual communication.
This assignment required my group member and I to interview two related sources and take pictures of that corresponded to our subjects and stream the two together. This was our second editing assignment. We both had an instinct to edit while we listened. For example, the first person we interviewed slammed his hand with his wedding ring down on the table during his interview and it made a loud noise. Later, my partner and I were both talking about how we thought of editing that part immediately. Because we were both aware of the editing, it made interviewing very easy.
The only struggle with this assignment was having the time of the interview recordings line up with the pictures. That took some tedious adjustments.
I learned a lot during my audio editing experience. There were a lot of things that I could have done better during the interview. For example, I should have asked the interviewee to restate the question before giving her answer. In some answers, there was no way to know what she was talking about without hearing me answer the question. Also, it would be a good idea to ask the interviewee to avoid answering “yes” or “no” making it easier to have a full bodied interview. I really enjoyed narrowing down the time. It was fun to really listen well. It was my first time doing it so I know it is not going to be perfect, but it was still fun to edit down to the millisecond. It was surprising how viable the process of editing was. I was expecting it to be extremely difficult. I also think it would have been a good idea to leave longer breaks in between questions and answers in the interview that way I have plenty of space to make cuts. Also, I noticed that I interrupted her a few times. It was a simple reaction to something she said, but it made editing really hard because if there was a section that I interrupted, then I had to cut it completely because her answer was chopped up. I had to be careful how much dead I cut because if I were to cut too much, I would have been too far under 2 minutes.
I interviewed my classmate, Bianca Coca. This was my first experience interviewing, and it was unusual. I was hard to come up with questions. The topic was slightly ambiguous. I figured people would love to talk about themselves, but that was a struggle at first. I had to warm the interviewee up with questions. Once I got to know more about them and we had hit a topic that she liked to talk about, the time was nearly up. What I enjoyed most was getting to know someone. In an interview, you can feel free to ask a lot of questions about someone, but in a normal social setting, that may be seen as too forward. If I could do anything different, I would have talked to my interviewee more beforehand to get to know her better before I dive into asking her questions about experiences. That way, she might feel more comfortable with me asking more questions.
I found this featured event while I was studying in the RAC. This was a difficult shot to capture because I wanted to capture how exhausted and frustrated this athlete was while studying with his tutor. He kept moving and I took a few other shots of him where he didn’t look as exhausted. I took this one at the right timing to capture the frustration I was seeing in person. There is also good expression captured in the girl who is tutoring him. She is entertained by his struggle with what they are studying.
I was laying flowers at a relatives grave in Torrington, and I saw that there were people gathered to bury someone. I opened up conversation with them and learned that Anna, the woman photographed, was burying her brother, Gayle who had passed away a week earlier. This is the fourth relative she has buried in her immediate family. There was a lot of emotion among the people there. I thought I would capture a lot of emotion with Anna, but she remained very stable. It was difficult for me to shoot. I asked for permission, and everyone was welcoming and allowed me to take pictures, but I still felt sorry with these people.
For my portrait, I wanted to capture someone’s first portrait. I asked Jessica Bragg if I could take a picture of her daughter after just hours of being born. She gave me a small window of a few seconds to capture the beauty of this new life. It was so fun shooting this. This was the first time I have been around someone so young. There wasn’t much emotion to be captured, but I see that the look on her face is so precious and really captures the innocence of a newborn baby.
I walked around the athletic facilities here on campus to capture some sports action photos. I ran into some difficulties capturing football players. I got yelled at for trying to capture some pictures of their practice. I went inside to the training facilities in the RAC and saw a lot of athletes training in the weight room and asked if I could take some pictures and got permission. The track team was warming up for their lifting with hurdle drills. It was hard to get this shot because there was a lot going on with all the people. I liked this photo because it shows the focus in such a simple movement.
Talking to these athletes here, I learned a lot about the time they take before practice to get ready. It was interesting to learn that they each have different routines, but they all love having small talk right before practice. This shot was difficult to take because I wanted to capture their conversation and the atmosphere but it was hard to convey in a picture.
Finding Creative Devices
The creative device I have found are color, cropping, leading lines, rule of thirds, and creating depth. Here are the photos and their descriptions:
In this photo, there are a lot of colors surrounding the subject, which makes the dominant creative device color. The white flower stands out with all of the color around it. The contrast and position of the white flower against the other flowers brings attention to it and makes it a strong subject.
The dominant creative device in this picture is cropping. The focus of this picture is on the orange peel and cropped around it. The viewer is drawn to the focus of the orange.
The desks in this photo lead the viewer’s eyes down the row. The dominant creative device in this photo is leading lines.
Rule of Thirds
The group of cars are the subjects in this photo and they follow the rule of thirds because of their placement, making the creative device in this picture rule of thirds.
The depth and direction of this picture creates depth. It causes the viewer’s eyes to keep looking around the corner.
Other Creative Devices
There is a good chance that more than one creative device can be found in a picture. In the first picture of flowers in Prexie’s Pasture, another creative device would be focus. The flowers are in focus while the background is out of focus.
On the picture of the road trip to Denver, viewers can also find the rule of thirds and balancing elements.
And finally, the picture of the orange peel also has the creative device of texture. Because the picture is zoomed in so much, viewers can really see the texture of the peel.
After doing this assignment, I was surprised at how easy it is to find creative devices in the things around me. I wish I could have gone more places and events to shoot my photos. It would have been nice to have a football game to shoot at. Also, I did all of this on my phone, and I think I would have been held back less with an actual camera. I am looking forward to doing other assignments with my camera.