Original Photography Isn’t So Original

Teachers and employers who incorporate graphs, pictures, or videos into their presentations have always been at the top of my list of favorite people. Visuals help me learn by seeing an idea or concept in action versus letting my mind wonder with endless possibilities of what something might look like in real life. Listening to a lecture about cell division without visual aids is similar to putting ear plugs in during class. I can recall a picture and its corresponding step in the cell division process by detailing the shape and position of the organelles in the cell. Without a picture, there is a definite Biology 101 victory lap in my future.

According to Ignite Seattle News in the video shared below, 195,622,560 photos are posted on Facebook each day. This does include the millions posted to Instagram, Snapchat, and blogging sites every day. Today it appears everyone’s a photographer. The introduction of smart phones with a camera has made photographs accessible and easy to capture. However, capturing your Chipotle burrito in a iPhone picture does not have the same quality, character, or professional delivery that a manual camera does (even with just the right filter).

Someone should have captured my face in a photo as we sat in lab discussing IOS, aperture, and shutter speed. Did you know that when aperture is on high, your shutter speed should be low and vice versa? My first non-digital camera photographs were mostly a pick and choose battle between blurry and candid moments because I took the picture too slowly and my subjects (aka family, friends, and my backyard) impatiently moved about.

I am thrilled to learn how to capture a moment through photography when words cannot do it justice. I, as many of my classmates are sure to agree, became a journalist to find a story worth telling. This is a small step in that process and I cannot wait to publish some of those photographs here. Stay tuned…

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