Assignment 1 Reflection – Helmuth



What’s a memory reader? Hard-drives are external? We have to use a Mac? Oh no. Walking into Jour 215 was like walking into a completely different world. I have grown accustomed to my PC and have only ever known print journalism. ¬†That being said, when we were assigned our first project, I was extremely nervous. I was out of my comfort zone, and I thought my lack of expertise would put me behind.

I was mistaken.

It was so refreshing to know that there were other students in the class who were in the same boat as me. When we were handed our camera bags, I was at a loss for words. At some point in time, I was going to have to use every single piece of equipment in the bag. It was unreal. For this first project, we were required to use the hand held camera and the tripod. We were supposed to take a variety of still photographs and small videos in order to get familiar with the equipment. Baby steps, I told myself.

Over the weekend, I got a chance to really examine the camera and figure out how it worked. I had to Google how to take a picture on it, go figure! After I got through that minor rut, everything started making sense. I made a trip to Hessel Park and took the majority of my still photographs there. I ended up relocating and doing the video portion outside the Undergraduate Library on campus. It took me roughly 25 minutes to figure out why my tripod would no longer fit snugly in my bag after I was finished.¬†After I completed the assignment, I started to feel a bit more confident. My images and videos weren’t the greatest, but the fact that I managed to get them successfully was a miracle to me.

Jour 215 is definitely going to be a challenge for me, but I’m excited all the same. Former student, Steven Bardwell, was in a similar situation as I am. When he began the class, he had very little experience with cameras and video. Unlike me though, he was warned ahead of time that the professor would push him to his limits as the course progressed. He knew what he was getting into, and had a positive attitude when he approached the class. He ended up excelling, “I have grown exponentially in my producing, shooting and writing abilities that I know will transfer over with me into my field of work after graduation.” Now that I am fully aware of what is expected of me, I intend to do the same.

If he can do it so can I.

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