Current Events - People Doing Something
Assignment: Shoot 24+ pictures at an event
Goals: Get out and shoot. Carry your camera with you at all times. Make yourself visible and known to others that you are shooting for West Brook. Introduce yourself as a WB photographer. Make contacts, etc. Turn images into the school journalism staff for inclusion with school publications.
Turn In: Web Gallery Link with proper title. The title should be VERY SPECIFIC and is worth 5 points of this grade. Example: "2016-09-01 Name of Event CE1" Note: It is advised that you keep a Shooting Log (Take notes with names of people in your pictures), but as of 9/2014 will no longer be required. When a journalist shoots for a newspaper, they always take notes.
Timeline: One event per 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Focus. It is due by the 3rd Wednesday of each new Focus. This is one of only a few grades prior to the three week interim to substantiate your Progress Report Grade. If you fail to have your CE, you will most likely received a failing grade even if proposal for the Special Topic. Exceptions: Seniors will complete Protégé Contest Entry in lieu of the 4th 6 weeks. Seniors will also participate in the Hal Flugham Scholarship in lieu of CE5. CGIII+ will head up Spring Contests in lieu of the Focus 5 CE. Alternatives for Photo 3 & 4 - Portrait Session and Art Shows
The emphasis of this assignment is shooting daily activity, some activity that you attend or witness. The “event” can be anything going on around you. It can be a school event but must be outside of school hours (not 7a-3p) and must be a specific PUBLIC event. It should be journalistic in nature, i.e.. of people doing things. It could be sports, a wreck, a guest speaker, a fund raiser. It can NOT be an inanimate object or nature scene. If your event is yearbook or school newspaper worthy, please plan to provide a digital file. Still lifes from the event should be limited to one or two to capture soemthing special about the location or activity. BOTTOM LINE - If it is not an event, it will not be graded!
PLAN ahead - Look at school and community calendars, listen to friends talking about organization activities, shoot for your organizations. Be the HERO of the even as the person with all of the great photos. Plan QUICKLY for Focus 1, then start planning ahead for the Focus 2 thru 6.
West Brook Calendar - Week at a Glance for immediate things going on this week. Also, look at the Announcements link and Calendar. These are great ways to keep up with what is going on around campus for any reason. Get involved.
Yearbook - Contact a member of the Yearbook or Newspaper staff to see what they NEED covered so you have a chance to be published.
Events on Beaumont Enterprise site. Change search details to expand beyond Beaumont.
BISD - Check different months, as well as each campus
Events - SETx Classifieds
Art Show Openings are ALWAYS good CEs. Shoot pictures at the event, meet other artists, be inspired, get a grade.
Other - Look around...everybody has an event schedule. Check your local church, or "ask" around on Facebook.
It CAN have special effects applied at capture (or in post processing)...but the picture must still be of an event.
The shooting of the event can NOT be exclusively your Special Topic. IOW, you CAN apply your topic to the event, but the event can not be your sole source of images for you Special Topic. That would be double dipping and counterproductive to my goal to make sure you are shooting plenty of pictures.
Only one type of event can be covered before the topic is dead (for you). IOW, you must shoot different types of events. You must shoot a variety of events. You can not shoot a football game every Focus period, and you can't shoot 6 football games in the first Focus period and be done. At this time, you can repeat sports a couple of times, but not the same sporting event. Like, in Focus 1, you cover a football game. Then, Focus 2, you cover a soccer game, that is ok. but you can't cover the same sport or at least not the same team. In the interest of COVER for all, I will permit VARSITY Volleyball coverage for one assignment, then Junior Varsity Volleyball for another. Part of the reason for this is that I want you to become experience with different types of photography. And if all you do is cover Varsity Football, you will not have a diversified portfolio. I hope this makes sense.
The event should be current. You can shoot ahead, but I don't want you to shoot all 5 Current Events in the 1st 6 weeks. Then it wouldn't be current. You can shoot ahead for the upcoming 6 weeks, but I don't want to see events from September for 3rd 6 weeks. All events must be as of the 1st day of the current school year when I make this assignment.
Get close - The images should be fairly close as in you are COVERING the event as a news photographer. Not a far off view of a bunch of things or something going on that you just happened to attend. Imagine that you are on assignment for the Beaumont Enterprise and you are responsible for covering a rally, or concert or event. Think about what the newspaper, like the Beaumont Enterprise or the West Brook Times, would want to run on the front page. Get clearance, get close, and get good coverage. Cull your work BEFORE posting. You don't want the editor to see all of your raw images...show them your best. Cull your work down. Delete the duds, and surely don't show them your irrelevant stuff.
Pictures of people should be involved with the activity, not posed. People DOING SOMETHING...not posed for the camera. I know you want to shoot your friends while out shooting, but those images should either be minimal, or even moved out of the gallery. If you want to shoot your friends, get them while involved with the activity...not smiling for the camera. Or, at least show them involved...then do a posed shoot. Remember, you are shooting as if you are journalist on assignment for a newspaper. They don't shoot people posing for the camera. I submitted a few to the Enterprise one game, and was chastised, and I thought it was just a limited number. They had told me to focus on the fans, in addition to the sports action on one particular game. I thought I had submitted a nice number of sports REACTION, and only a few posed shots with faces painted, etc. But it was quickly shut down. When you are out shoot, people naturally want to ham it up for the camera. Just lower the camera when they turn the attention to you...and just kind of shake your head...they will get the idea that you were wanting them NOT posed. Sometimes, you have to give a little direction...just say, "trying to get some natural shots" or something to that effect. Or, go ahead and take the posed shots, and tell them you may return back to them a few minutes later and get an involvement shot.
Get involved with the activity. Live performances are NOT the best activity for this assignment as you will easily become a distraction. Shoot before or after stage events...the bulk of the photos can NOT be the performance from the audience...partly because that is inappropriate...UNLESS it is a dress rehearsal, in which case you can stand on or near the stage and get great photos.
Get the title right. Year-Month-Day Name of Event CE1 Remember, I will NOT grade the event if it is not title correctly. In the email subject line you send with the link to your CE, that is where you put the #Tag...you do NOT need to put the tag in the Gallery Title.
Shoot extra events - It is ok if you shoot an event and don't get to use it for an assignment. Shooting Journalism should be fun. You have a reason to shoot (for school) and should get involved. I used to carry a scanner so I could hear what is going on in the city. I am not suggesting this for you, but don't be so perverse in shooting. Carry your camera when you are out and about, and hop out of the car and shoot when you see something interesting going on. And, keep an eye on the community events calendar and go shoot the events. Images from any event can be used for your contests.
Web Gallery with a minimum of 24 pictures per event. You should take notes. Although I am not currently checking for these, it will be helpful to write a caption for the school newspaper, etc. Notes should include the name of the people, etc. Start shooting now...shoot plenty...shoot daily and/or weekly as needed. My goal for this assignment is for you to develop pictures for your galleries, contest entries, and getting published with the school and maybe even Beaumont Enterprise. Post a selection of your shooting. Shoot more than required and delete the duds. If you are have already uploaded, go back in and delete the OOFs (out-of-focus) over/underexposed, etc. If you only shoot 24, you will not be able to delete any for a maximum grade...so shoot enough you can cull down to at least 24. Do NOT upload everything if you shot 250 pictures.
Use photo passes to help access media approved areas
Help justify your presence should anybody ask you what you are doing while shooting on the side of the road or other public, but questionable place.
Do NOT TRESPASS under any circumstance!!
Do NOT use the pass to gain access to unauthorized areas
Do NOT use the pass to gain access to an event you do NOT intend to cover
Do ask for access AHEAD of time. Do NOT show up at the door of large events expecting to use the pass to gain access
Press Pass access varies depending on the venue. Bigger events are going to need prior contact. The bigger, the more difficult, but possible.
Gaining access to media events take time and building credentials.
Be diplomatic, be nice. Use Finesse...not PROWESS...in otherwords, don't bully your way into an event.
Do post your pictures QUICKLY and send to the event coordinator...and send me a copy of the link...for your grade and for promotion as well.
You are bartering your skill in exchange for experience...and the promoter of that even will want samples
Do NOT lose the pass...I will NOT replace it.
Note: Here is a definition from Texas Photo Forum. "Photos documenting different events such as protests, press conferences and any other editorial topic." On a personal note, I do not know if people just don't get this...or they are too lazy to do this, but after several years of doing this assignment, even into the 2 and 3rd 6 weeks, we have challenges with people getting the EVENT nature of the Current Event. Bottom line? Shoot like a dad gum press photographer. Shoot to tell a story with your picture. Also, about the cropping. YOU should crop it correctly at the Kiosk. If it is not cropped correctly, you can take the picture back, and have it reprinted for free. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
Here is an event I covered all day, from the first moment of arriving on campus to the celebration after the game: The Tale of the Two Tigers 2007
Remember...CE is OF people doing SOMETHING. It is NOT people posing. It should be something you would see on the front page of the newspaper. This is your JOURNALISM component for the year. Take it serious...get out and shoot. Have some fun. Go to some events you wouldn't ordinarily go to.
Beaumont Camera Club Monthly Competition, March '07 Themed Topic was "Journalism". Current students help me pick what photos to enter. Well, my photo titled "Yuk" didn't place. :( Check out the composite image I made of all three of the images (see below). But I did get 1st in the Digitally Projected Category (the two girls below) and 1st and 2nd in the Print Category.
1st (Digitally Projected Category)
Did not place (Digitally Projected Category)
Did not place (Digitally Projected Category)
1st place! Thanks Hector!! (Print Category)
2nd Place (Print Category)
Did not place (Print Category)...probably because they had already judge the previous category where a similar image place 1st.
[Please RE-READ the details regarding what constitutes a CE. READ: "i.e. PEOPLE doing things". Not dogs. Not stop signs. Not statues. Unless, the dog is jumping up to get a cat on the stop sign! That could be a Current Event. Or better yet, a person THROWING a Frisbee for a dog to catch in mid air. Now THAT would be exciting...and a CE!]
The following was done to the mother of a bride while I was photographing their bridal pictures at Tyrell Park. The mom had taken off her 25th anniversary wedding ring as well as 3 other rings and had left behind countless other things in her purse. And some spineless, heartless person ripped it out of their car. We must all do our part by being the best that we can...to serve as role models for others. We must all do our part to be good citizens. To not accept unacceptable behaviors of others, to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and to do whatever you can to be successful in life in society and as a person. And, let this be a warning that during tough times, people resorting to drastic measure is on the increase.
Tennis - A local event. I shot 1,000 pictures...here area few.
U2 was pretty cool last night (October 14 2009):
Photos by D. Loker (unfortunately, only with a P&S...and 3rd section up)
* Some students asked who U2 is (see pictures above), so I showed a special video from the concert last week while working on your focus. U2 has been around since 1976 with their first really big album in 1987. They are not a religious band per se, but have been a positive, spiritual group with many references to God and other religious references. They have been instrumental in recent years in raising money for needy people such as AIDs and world wide poverty, including projects like "One" and (Red).