The Time I Became a Photojournalist

Taking photos can be easy, but when approaching strangers saying, “Hey! I took this picture of you, can I have your name?” it can become a little awkward. Though this is true, some good photos can come out of it. Here are the results from the time I became a photojournalist.

On the Hunt- UW student Brent Bihr looks for a book at Coe Library. The library is open Sunday through Friday for students to study and find resources for projects or entertainment.
On the Hunt- UW student Brent Bihr looks for a book at Coe Library. The library is open Sunday through Friday for students to study and find resources for projects or entertainment.

This first image called “On the Hunt” is a feature of a student in the library looking for a book for class, which provides a different outlook on an everyday scene. I came across this opportunity when I went to the library to find students studying and as I saw him looking for a book, I thought it would be neat to catch it from the other side. It was difficult to take this picture because it’s kind of a creepy angle to photograph someone through the shelves so I felt awkward doing it, but it turned out cool and he was okay with it. I used focus as the main element in this photo because he’s just a little less focused than the books and it puts him in the background.

Groove- Lead singer Paul Jason Klein of the band LANY plays guitar and sings to the crowded Bluebird Theater. LANY played the show Sunday Oct. 2 in Denver.
Groove- Paul Jason Klein of the band LANY plays guitar and sings to the crowd at the Bluebird Theater. LANY played the show Sunday Oct. 2 in Denver.

This photo, called “Groove” is a general news photo of the lead singer of one of my favorite bands that I saw in Denver on Sunday. I knew I was going to this concert when I was told about the assignment and knew I had to capture Paul in his element. This shot was harder to get than I thought. I had to have taken about 100 pictures of him before I got this one. It was tough, but I really enjoyed photographing this event because concert atmospheres are so fun and light-hearted so it made the experience so much more enjoyable. The creative device that is the most dominant in this picture is color because Paul is surrounded by red, which catches the eye first.

Eyes on the Prize- UW student RJ Seaman enjoys a competitive game of air hockey with his friend Brandon Scott in the Union on Thursday. Seaman scored a point shortly after this photo was taken.
Eyes on the Prize- UW student RJ Seaman enjoys a competitive game of air hockey with his friend Brandon Scott in the Union on Thursday. Seaman scored a point shortly after this photo was taken.

This photo called “Eyes on the Prize” is a sports action photo because you can see the blur of the puck and air hockey paddle. I came across this event when walking around the Union looking for feature photos and thought that the two students playing air hockey would be a perfect sports photo event. The atmosphere was fun and competitive because the two boys were good friends enjoying a game together. It was a little hard getting this shot because the action is constant and I didn’t want the subject to be blurry. It was a little awkward trying to move around their game without distracting them, but it ended up working out. In this photo, the creative device I focused on was viewpoint because I wanted to keep RJ as the only focus to capture is emotion during the friendly competition.

Take a Break- Restaurant chef Justin Sanchez takes a break from work to have a cigarette and check his phone. Sanchez enjoys listening to music and checking notifications on his phone when he steps outside.
Take a Break- Restaurant chef Justin Sanchez takes a break from work to have a cigarette The parking lot behind the buildings on 3rd is a common area to take a break from work.

In this feature photo called “Take a Break” I caught a different perspective on a chef and how he spends his break. I was walking around town trying to find photo opportunities and found Sanchez leaning against the mural and thought it would be neat. The atmosphere was a laid-back and peaceful which really added to the idea of “taking a break” from work or responsibilities for a minute. It was fairly easy to get this shot because Sanchez was in his own world. It made it easier on me to quickly take the shot without feeling awkward. The creative device I went for was leading lines because the wall kind of leads you to the subject, but rule of thirds could also work here.

A Peaceful Space- Coal Creek customer Ken Cramer sits at the counter reading a newspaper while waiting for a cup of coffee. Coal Creek downtown is a popular place for studying and reading in the Laramie community.
A Peaceful Space- Coal Creek customer Ken Cramer sits at the counter reading a newspaper while waiting for a cup of coffee. Coal Creek is a popular place for studying and reading in the Laramie community.

For this final spot news shot called “A Peaceful Space”, I quickly grabbed the photo when I was getting coffee at Coal Creek without really planning to. I saw the opportunity and took it. The shop was really busy, making the atmosphere really rushed so I grabbed the shot quickly to get out of the way. This was an awkward shot at first because so many people were staring at me, but it turned out better than I thought. The creative device I went for was rule of thirds, with the subject on the far right.

Overall, the assignment was really tough for me and it surprised me how hard I found it to approach people because I’m normally so outgoing. I definitely took a lot more photos than I initially thought I would. Otherwise, I’m pretty proud of the ones  I did get and it was good for me to get out of my comfort zone a little.

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