I tend to believe I have a decent eye for photography. In high school, my pre-professional dance company would often venture out of the studio to pose gracefully by trees and bridges, and I frequently assisted my director in composing the most aesthetically appealing shot. However, that minimal experience did little to prepare me for my latest journalism assignment.
The title? “Seeing Red.” The goal? To focus on framing and arranging three pictures in which the color red is the primary subject. At first, the project did not seem all that daunting. Red is a fairly common color and the Missouri School of Journalism is generous enough to provide its students with the most-advanced, up-to-date camera equipment they could ever want.
The trick is figuring out how to use that equipment.
I have never been one to love the trial-and-error approach, so I spent roughly one half hour shoving down a sandwich and trying to match up dials, switches and buttons to my notes. Finally, I acknowledged my time limit and stepped into the brisk Columbian air.
My eyes immediately began scanning the street for any sign of the fiery hue. I wandered around the edge of campus and struggled to find my subject in a world that looked desolate and dreary. After clicking away at anything that could possibly resemble an interesting picture for close to two hours, my fingers stopped working and I was forced to stop.
With the help of CNN’s photojournalists’ tricks of the trade, I can only hope that three of my eighty-some pictures are satisfactory.