Assignment 2 Reflection: Labor Day at the Beach – Avilez

4 w: audio

91 degree day at the beach.

When we had first got the assignment I wasn’t sure what I wanted to shoot for our photo essay. My plan A was to shoot my friend’s birthday party in Champaign over the weekend but at the last minute I decided to go home to spend some time with my family. On to plan B.

I love shooting outside and my family was heading to the beach so decided to capture the day. I was really happy with the shots and audio I got. I ended up taking over 200 photos, which I think ended up being a bad idea ultimately when trying to match my sounds to photos. Also narrowing my shots down to the 12 that told the story the best was difficult. Overall, I am happy with how the photos captured the atmosphere of Labor Day weekend at the beach.

Editing this time around was much less stressful. I wasn’t so far behind the rest of class like during assignment one. A problem I had however, was that I did not record enough sound to cover my entire video. I had about 40 seconds of sound to use for about 68 seconds of stills. I should have planned better. Also, much of the noise at the beach was overpowered by the strong winds so it was hard to get a variation of distinctive sounds. I could have done much better at finding powerful sounds to tell the story.

All in all things felt much easier this time around. Moving forward I want to try to plan better so I am prepared during the editing process. I also want to take more shots in difficult lighting because so far I’ve had excellent natural lighting. Maybe next time I will try to take some night shots.

You can see my photo essay without sound here. You can see my photo essay with sound here.

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