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Natty Greene’s

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The objective of the industry assignment is to put you in a challenging shooting environment. Don’t I know it. I went back to Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in Greensboro, NC three times until I got pictures I was proud of. The folks at Natty Greene’s were ¬†happy to have me, and so kind to let me set up and take pictures around them as they worked.

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The day I visited they were just finishing up bottling their seasonal¬†Freedom IPA. You should try it. Natty’s beers are delicious.

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Baseball is Finished


Baseball, one of the major assignments for Small Format, is due today. I attended 11 games over more than a month! That’s hundreds upon hundreds of baseball pictures, all in search of peak action. At one point during the weeks leading up to this due date, our teacher said that when there are no base runners he will focus his lens on the batter. And with that little piece of advice I was able to capture this intimate moment between the catcher and the unsuspecting batter. I didn’t submit this for my assignment, but I did print a copy for my teacher at his request.


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Up Close and Personal

Lab 08My first major project for Small Format is called Up Close and Personal and it involves taking pictures of strangers and recording information about each subject. We are required to have 36 pictures in all – 12 outdoors in natural light, 12 indoors with flash, and 12 outdoors with flash. I have less than 2 weeks left before the assignment is due and I’m about 2/3 of the way done finding subjects for the photos.

The project is challenging in different ways for all of us who are working on it. For me, I find the toughest part is getting the courage up to talk to the first stranger, not wanting to bother them. Once I get over that first hurdle, then I feel more comfortable the rest of the time I’m out shooting. Another challenge is getting a good picture, and quickly. I still feel less than comfortable with my flash, and as I struggle with nailing the exposure, I forget to make it a good picture. Or I rush so that I don’t take up too much of my subject’s time.

But even with all the challenges, the best part of this project has been meeting and learning about the subject of each picture. There’s a really exhilarating moment as you walk away from a person who has just shared not only their time, but a little part of their story.

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This is me.

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My classmate took this picture as part of our final Portrait Lighting project last semester. Not a self portrait, but a rare picture of myself that I like. Naturally, I posted it as my pic in all my social media places, everywhere.

Like many photographers I like life better from behind the camera.


Today’s lab project was a self portrait using a tripod and the self-timer feature on our cameras. Although I did spend a fair amount of time behind the camera today, I spent an equal amount of time running into the frame before the timer went off in order to make it into the picture. My legs are tired.

_DSC4428I think these two self portraits I took today are kooky and hilar. I kinda like them!

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