When I was in elementary school, my friends and I had a saying “first is the worst, second is the best”. Another journalism assignment done and published. I liked this assignment better than the first one because I felt challenged. This assignment taught me to be patient, and to shoot what caught my eye. During our lecture last week, Professor Collins went around the room asking each of us to name an emotion and that was the purpose of this assignment.
Hi there! This assignment challenged me in many ways, but my biggest struggle was coming up with a story idea. I will admit, after I finished Assignment 1, I peaked ahead to look at this upcoming project. I was so excited to see another opportunity to take still photographs in a photo essay. However, when I arrived in class, I quickly learned this assignment had an additional requirement that was announced by Professor Collins. Continue reading
For our second assignment, we were sent away with the directive to capture four words with our photos: fear, afraid, excitement, and hope. I wanted my photo essay to have a cohesive theme, so I decided to take all of my photos in one place. This semester, I am working on a beat of poverty and homelessness in Champaign in one of my other journalism classes, and I thought I could play off of that with this particular assignment.
When assigned this assignment I wasn’t sure what to do at all. We were given four words that our work had to be tied around, those words were afraid, fear, excitement, and hopeful. When thinking, I thought an easy way to incorporate those words in my photo essay were to attend an event. I was going to attend the Hockey Game on Friday the 27th but as soon as I was going to head out, I realized my camera battery was dead. I missed the event and I was back at square one again.
Assignment 2 was all about the image–we had to create a photo essay using a specific theme and of all things, I chose mine to be centered around breakfast 😀
For me breakfast is very fundamental to the start of my day because without it, I would be a hangry individual (cross between hungry and angry) and I wouldn’t be able to focus on my studies because all I would be able to think about is my stomach growling. With that being said, I took images as well as videos of some of my favorite things I like to eat in the morning whether I’m on the go, or I have a little more time to cook. My completed video without sound can be seen here.
If you actually want to hear the sounds of me cooking as well as my explanation of why I choose the items I eat everyday, then check this out.
I enjoyed doing this assignment because I really like breakfast. I didn’t run into many problems, except now looking back I was kind of shaky when capturing footage of the food. For example, when I titled the camera to film the chocolate chip pancakes, it was pretty shaky because I was holding it by hand. I will now work on controlling my camera.
During this second assignment, it was difficult to think of something that could really capture peoples attention. When thinking about what captures my attention, I always come to the idea of clothing. I went through my closet and found many items that I like to wear often and they happened to have a lot of patterns that were strikingly vibrant. Once I started taking stills of my clothing it was very easy to capture a picture that speaks for itself. It was a little difficult to use sound because usually there isn’t a lot of sound that clothing will make. I tried to shuffle through drawers and search my closet while using my recorder, but the sound didn’t come out as well as I had expected. Even though that didn’t work out, I enjoyed doing this assignment because it gave me a chance to show what I like to wear and how I like to express myself.
For Assignment #2, we were instructed to create a photo essay (without sound) of something we did during our day. After thinking long and hard about what the focus of my photo essay should be, I finally decided on one of the most difficult parts of my day – getting out of bed and beginning my day. I was able to capture running water in both my sink and in my shower, as well as making cereal and walking out my front door into the rain. I had fun shooting photos and my friends gave me ideas of different things to shoot during my morning routine.
When I put all my pictures together, I began to realize that my photo essay is not very exciting and does not have too much of a variety of shots. Looking back, I should have shot some different items at different angles.
While all the shots together are not too exciting, I do like some of the individual shots I took. The up-close shot of my bedroom doorknob is detailed, allowing viewers to see the wear on the knob itself, as well as the door. In this shot, I purposely included a bit of my towel, as foreshadowing of the next shot being the running shower. The shot of the running water in the sink was a successful shot, too, I think. I took it on a slight angle so the other sinks in the bathroom were visible, as well as the texture of the tile in the background. You are able to see water droplets around the sink itself, which makes the shot more detailed. In order to add some variety, I shot myself walking downstairs into the kitchen from the top of the stairs, as a high shot. I then proceeded to make cereal, which includes three pictures. The first picture is of the cereal in the bowl, allowing one to see the texture of it. The next photo is of milk being poured into the bowl, and the next is the bowl at the table with a spoon, with some of it already eaten. My favorite shot is the last one. This shot has a close-up textured shot of water droplets, as it was raining, and also includes a more far-away portion in which one can see the raindrops hitting puddles in the parking lot and on the steps. In this shot, the plant in the background is especially green in contrast with the gray and white steps, cars and ground.
Overall, I think Assignment 2 went well, though I could have taken more interesting photos that would flow together better. While taking my photos, I was more focused on documenting every step of my morning rather than focusing on making the photos flow and making the photos fun to look at. For my next project, I know now to focus more on the flow of the photos rather than on the accuracy of what I’m doing.
Check out my typical morning (without sound) here!
Assignment #3 added sound to our photo essay. Unfortunately, the sound I had previously “recorded” did not actually record, since I only pressed the “record” button once. This is a mistake I will never make again! After retracing my steps of my typical morning, I finally was able to put sound into my photo essay. The only sound bit I am missing is the rain at the end of my photo essay, which I believe would have contributed a lot to my essay. There was no rain when I wasn’t in class for me to record throughout the week.
After finally getting my sound and beginning to enter it into my project, I realized that editing sound is a bit more difficult than I imagined. I needed to pay extremely close attention to where exactly I wanted my sound to begin and end, which is much harder than editing video. Once I figured out a system, though, it became easier to focus and adjust the sound clips how I wanted them and to place them where appropriate.
Here is my ear-pleasing photo essay of my morning.
Overall, I am happy with the way my photo essay turned out. A few lessons for next time: make the photos more exciting! And do not forget to press “record” twice!
For this assignment, we were supposed to tell a story or show a theme through a series of photos. The hardest part of this assignment was coming up with an idea to go off of. Since the weather in Champaign did not show many signs of improvement, I again turned to my residence hall for inspiration. I decided to show the stages of doing laundry, since my options were limited as I shot my first assignment in the same location. To be honest… I wish I was able to to have a more creative shoot. As I watched last years videos, I saw beautiful pictures of snow, churches, campus etc. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not my favorite project and that I am looking forward to having projects that are much improved in the future.
For my attempt at assignment two … click here.
Welcome to part two of my adventures in multimedia!
Any photographer or journalist knows how powerful images and photographs can be when the right shot is captured. Photographs are a great storytelling tool that brings in the audience, allowing us to feel emotions, activate our senses and discover new things.