Day 1: Students learn basics of photography, video

Fifteen students from 11 local high schools learned how to use cameras to capture the essence of the story on Monday.

Bruce Crippen, veteran photo journalist, introduced students to the idea of being a “visual journalist” through pictures and emphasized that “content dictates the photo.”

“Zoom in on a face because faces tell stories,” Crippen said as he reminded the students that “in journalism, having a person or people in your photos is key.”

Casey Machenheimer, junior at Walnut Hills High School, decided to attend the workshop because she is “technologically impaired” and thought this would be a good way to learn all the new technologies.

“I like the hands-on we’re doing with social media like Vine and Instagram because my younger sisters already know this stuff,” she said.

Students used iPads to create vine videos and participated in an Instagram contest. Crippen taught students different photo elements to help enhance their photos before taking them out into the field for the first photo assignment.

Sydney Roll, graduate of Seton High School, thought it was a very long day but enjoyed learning about photography and working with Crippen.

“Bruce is awesome,” she said.  “He really knows what he’s doing.”

Benjamin Bardgett, sophomore at Highlands High School, went with his group of students to the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Science Center on campus and found a workshop for local high school teachers who were dissecting owl pellets. The students were able to get a taste of what it’s like to be a journalist on assignment and take photos of the teachers. Some even got their hands dirty.

“My favorite thing was dissecting the owl pellet because I was not expecting it,” Bardgett said. He decided to attend the workshop because he will be taking a media class in the fall and felt this camp would help him prepare for it.

“I was expecting to learn the basic technology of journalism today, but I learned the artistic aspects as well,” he said.  “This workshop will help a lot.”

Other students visited the Applied Science and Technology Building and the Early Childhood Center on campus.

Michelle Day, program director and NKU Faculty member, said today offered the students a snapshot of the photojournalism class, a 15-week course, all in one day.

“It all came together,” she said. “But we haven’t even touched words.  That will be for another day.”


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