Elevated Yoga Photostory

Elevated Yogi, is a marijuana friendly yoga studio, located downtown Detroit. Elevated yogi has been open for 2 and a half years. The yoga center, is located in a marijuana friendly building. The building houses not only the yoga studio, but medical marijuana office where you can get a medical marijuana card. A medical marijuana card is needed to smoke marijuana in the building.

My photostory was interesting because it documents the connection and contrast between smoking marijuana and practicing yoga. Yoga is known as a stress reliever, and known to enhance health and well-being. Medical marijuana is known to have similar effects.

In order to not disturb or distract people during their yoga practice, I was able to capture shots in the beginning, during the initial smoking session, and during the beginning poses of the practice. My photostory was very enjoyable, being that I was able to highlight the contrast of two activities not normally done together.


Sports Pictures

Shooting sports was an interesting experience. While shooting the boys lacrosse game at L’Anse Creuse High School, I found it moderately difficult. First and foremost, I had never attended lacrosse game, so I was warned by the athletic director to be cautious of flying balls.
This experience showed me why photojournalist may need a long lens, tripod, or monopod. I didn’t any of these tools, and I could have benefited from them. In the editing process, I found myself cropping tight because I didn’t use a long lens, and had empty space. Some of my pictures came out blurry and out of focus, possibly because my hands were not steady when trying to shoot motion.
The weather was cold, had cloudy, and did not provide me with very colorful fan photos. Despite lacrosse’s intense nature, fans were mostly quiet and bundled in coats and blankets.
The cloudy weather also proved the importance of being familiar with camera controls. I had to adjust my ISO and shutter speed, because when I began shooting my photos were too dark. Overall, my experience was pleasant, and I look forward to getting more practice shooting sports in the future.

L’Anse Creuse Lancers’ fans watch patiently in the cold weather.
Dakota High School Lacrosse coach watches as the team goes back on the field following a time-out.
Dakota players #26, JohnGutann, #40 Celly Guerrero, and #29 Jack Winarski, wait see referees decision after a flag is thrown on a play.
Dakota player, #26, John Gutmann running.

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Feature hunting with a smartphone

Feature hunting with a smart phone was surprisingly more difficult than expected. Prior to shooting, I expected that shooting with my smartphone would be easier, considering I use my phone to take pictures every single day. From family pictures to selfies to social media platforms like snapchat, there isn’t a day that I don’t use my I phone to capture an image. This assignment, however, proved more difficult.
What I discovered doing this project is that while shooting with a phone is more convienient, it causes you to get comfortable with getting up close and personal with your subject. For my street photography feature photo, I took a picture of every Wayne State Warriors favorite person, a Detroit Parking Enforcement officer.
My street photograph was a bit awkward because I didn’t want to get too close to the parking officer, as she was preparing to post a parking ticket on a car. I was as close as I could get, comfortably. As a photojournalist, it is important to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, especially with street photography. When I was taking street photos of the parking enforcement officer, I tried to do so discretely, but after being spotted by the officer, she began to avoid me.
The feature event, however, ended up being a lot more fun and easier to shoot. I attended a Wayne State University Fashion Show. The show was held in the student ballroom in on the second level of the student center. The fashion show was very entertaining, and provided great photos. Shooting on my smart phone was very easy and by sitting close to the stage I was able to get a great angle. However I found when shooting with a phone, the zoom feature lowers the quality of the photographs, and for this reason I prefer DSLR cameras when shooting from angles that aren’t close. I was able to shoot great shots by standing and walking closer to the runway.

Learning Camera Controls

During the camera controls lessons, I learned the basics to operating a DSLR camera in manual mode. The most important functions of a camera’s manual mode is controlling the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. These three features work together to create reciprocity.

The aperture, or F-stop, is used to control the depth of field. This is measured in stops. To achieve a shallow depth of field, a photojournalist should set the aperture to be open at a two or four. To achieve a wide depth of field, a photojournalist should set the aperture to be closed at 16, 22, or 32. Depth of field can be controlled in three ways, the aperture, the focal length, and with the lens the photojournalist chooses to use.

The shutter speed determines how fast or slow the shutter captures the image. The shutter speed is important because it controls motion and light. Shutter speeds are also measured in stops. A slower shutter speed, such as 1/30 will allow the camera to let more light in, and will capture a blurred or panned motion. A faster shutter speed, such as ¼ will allow the camera to let less light in and stops action. When capturing a slow action shot, it is unwise to try to hand hold a camera when using a shutter speed 1/30 and slower. A blurred action shot will capture an image where the subject appears to be moving, but the background is still. A panned action shot will capture an image where the subject is still, but the background is blurred or streaked. A stopped action shot will capture an image of an action that is completely frozen.

The ISO is measures how sensitive the camera is to the light level. ISO stands for International Standard Association. The ISO is important because if you have a lower ISO, you will have a lower amount of grain in your image. Light exposure is very important in photojournalism. If you set your camera to a low ISO setting, you will not have a lot light. If you set your camera to a high ISO setting, you will have a lot of light. If a picture is over exposed the camera meter will tell you. The histogram, is the camera’s built in exposure tool. The histogram will alert the photojournalist if the exposure needs to be adjusted. This is important because it allows the journalist to attempt to fix exposure issues before taking the picture, opposed to after. A camera meters the world at 18% grey. To meter a camera properly, the photojournalist should find something as close to 18% grey as possible. White reflects light, and can lead to overexposure. Black absorbs light, and can lead to underexposure.

The lens a photojournalist chooses to use is also very important, as it can determine the type of image that will be captured. There are six different types of lens: fixed, telephoto, zoom, fixed zoom, variable, and prime. Variable lens, while not recommended for professional use, are the lens that come with most beginner camera bundles.

First Amendment Rights for Photojournalist and Students

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As a collegiate photojournalism student, it is important to have a working knowledge of what is and isn’t ethical. Journalist must know their rights, as it is their job, by definition to report and document current events and issues. Photojournalist must also have a working knowledge of who, what and where they can record history.

All journalist must understand that under the first amendment, they have the right to photograph in the public sphere. According to Photojournalism: A Professional’s Approach, photojournalist have the right to photograph politicians, celebrities, and everyday people in public places. This could cause for friction in police situations, but authorities don’t have the right to confiscate photojournalist’s camera or photography equipment.

“However, police and fire officials are permitted to restrict newsgathering conduct if the photographer disrupts the pending investigation or activity,” according to Photojournalism: A Professional’s Approach.

On a collegiate level, practicing photojournalist have the right to photograph on the campus of a public school. The law allows photojournalist to shoot on public campuses, but private areas such as dorms, and common bathrooms have limitations. Public high schools and middle schools also have limitations for photojournalist. According to Photojournalism: A Professional’s Approach, high and middle schools fall under its principal’s jurisdiction. Meaning, the principal determines who can shoot on the school’s grounds.

The ethics of photojournalism, as described by the text, Photojournalism: A Professionals Approach, usually falls under three categories: Utilitarian, Absolutist, and The Golden Rule.

Utilitarian is described by ethicists as “the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.” Professionals generally follow this framework for photojournalism. When it comes to deciding whether to run a photo or not, the Utilitarian approach determines if the photo will be critical as an influence on a democratic society.

The Absolutist approach, is the ethical framework that relies on privacy. This principle says that despite the greater good that may come from publishing personal photo, the person or people photographed have a right to privacy. This principle adheres to an individual’s absolute right to privacy.

The Golden Rule principle is the approach that precept, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” According to the text, the major problem with The Golden Rule principle is you don’t know exactly how someone else feels, and ultimately your imposing your feelings on others.

As a photojournalist, it is important to follow the Utilitarian model. This principle follows the closest to the principles of photojournalism. As journalist, we are supposed to remain objective and unbiased. As a photojournalist, I aim to photograph ethically, and use judgements that will benefit society.

Overall, as the text stated, when it comes to shooting ethically, it is important to remember, you can always take a picture and not publish it. Shoot instinctively.