Video Interview

May 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lighting diagram for Connie’s interview


Ghosts and Grave Robbers

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Do you believe in ghosts? According to 1 2009 CBS News survey, 48% of Americans believe in ghosts while 45% do not. Women are more likely to believe, clocking in at 56% and 22% of Americans claim to have had an encounter with a ghost.


“Is that uh’ scanner?”

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Brian Allen, Master Brewer for Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, Mo., hands off a sample of their beer at the 2012 Missouri Beer Fest Saturday April 7, 2012. The beer fest that was hosted by Stoney Creek Inn brought brewers from across the state.



Doug Riddle (right), Brewer from Mother's Brewing Company, describes the different beers on tap at their booth at the 2012 Missouri Beer Fest. Patrons of the festival were able to taste beers from breweries across the state.


Multimedia Slide Show: Musical Maycie

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photographed and produced by Erik Castro, Musical Maycie  is one of my favorite multimedia pieces shown to me at the beginning of this semester.  I really enjoyed how all the elements of the story came together to create a very fluid piece.  Unlike other slide shows I’ve seen in the past that have emphasized either the audio over the photos or vice-versa, Musical Maycie does both well.  And, although it’s longer than the Missourian’s standard 2:30 – 3 minutes you get a sense of who this girl is beyond her skills as a violinist.  That is just one part of her extraordinary life.  Sorry, I sound like I’m making a sales pitch for the slideshow.  Watch for yourself and let me know what you think.

Color and Light

March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dawnn Declue (right) looks through her orders while Patty Creason (left) whisks past at 63 Diner on Rangeline Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The small 50’s diner was full of people and their orders, but Declue said it can get even busier, “It gets so bad we get people standing in the parking lot.”

Balancing and Filling

March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tianna Bracey points out one of the shirt designs lining the wall at ACME Hot and Fresh T-Shirts to her friends Chantel George and Taylor Robins. The three Missouri journalism students were there getting quotes on t-shirt prices for their new talk show "Verve."


Lighting Diagram

Jubilee of Light

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mike Holder, left, Kalei Holder, center, and Katie Zimolzak don masks at the True/False Film Fest Jubilee at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on March 1, 2012. The Holders' law firm sponsored the film "Undefeated," which was showcased that evening.

I’m not going to lie.  I’m a little disappointed with myself on this assignment.  Not only did my photographs not turn out the way I had hoped, but I felt like a nuisance using flash.  I chose to pull my selects from the True/False Film Fest Jubilee last Thursday, which I had been assigned to cover for the Missourian.  I thought, “Perfect! What a fantastic opportunity to get into a lowlight situation for me to test out my flash photography skills!”  My enthusiasm waned quickly after entering the Theatre.  Flash documentary photography…is…hard.  I don’t know if maybe I just got extremely intimidated by the idea of flash, or felt uncomfortable trying to juggle equipment, or awkward in blasting people with light (I was oh so conspicuous), or perhaps all of the above, but I was such a spaz that night running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  At first all of my pictures looked artificial and either blown out or too dark.  The one above is my first select for direct flash.  I was attempting to zoom my flash to create a similar effect to last years’ gala portraits, but it came out a little underexposed.  However, my strobe is in fact the only light hitting them in that picture, so I was proud to have achieved that.  The lighting diagram below shows where I was standing in relation to my subjects and how I had positioned my flash.

I found bounce flashing slightly more successful.  The light looked less artificial and created a subtler effect.  For my select below I had pointed my strobe down and away since we were on the roof of the Missouri Theatre and the only wall close enough to bounce off of was red, as you can see in the background.  This most likely would have created a weird red cast on my subjects.  The hardest part of the assignment, for myself was coordinating the flash and composition at the same time.  Normally I would take as many pictures as I needed to get the shot I was looking for.  However, with flash I didn’t have that option because a) I couldn’t waste my battery life and b) because I didn’t want to permanently blind anyone. Though I guess this will make me a more thoughtful and smarter photographer.

Chris Davis, left, stands off to the side as his wife, Heidi Davis. and Heather Mysenberg adjust their masks on the rooftop of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, March 1, 2012. The three attended the True/False Film Fest Jubilee which is sponsored by the festival.

I was surprised that evening that many people did not mind the flash.  In fact, I was probably more annoyed by its presence than they were.  This might have been due to the festive atmosphere and the expectation of a media barrage but I honestly expected many more irritated glances than I received.  This just goes to show you can never tell what people are thinking, so don’t underestimate their willingness to put up with you.

Side Note: The last link for the lighting diagram I posted to the blog will take you to the site where I found the tool, however Kevin’s Lighting Diagram Creator seems to have been disabled “due to licensing issues” since I last used it.  My most recent lighting diagrams were created using Don Giannatti’s Lighting Diagram Tool.  You don’t have as many options with it as you did with the last, but you can create and download your diagram straight from his site rather than use photoshop which complicates things.