Students Instagram Their Way To The Top

Shubrath Shetty stands in as a silhouette.

Bruce Crippen

Shubrath Shetty stands in as a silhouette.

The goal of the day was for the students in the Digital Media Workshop to take what they learned about photography in its journalistic elements including framing, the rule of thirds, depth of field, patterns, along with shutter speed and aperture.

The students then had to upload five pictures that they considered post-worthy on Instagram, leaving the instructors and mentors to choose the top winners.

Bruce Crippen, the photo instructor at the camp, who spent 30 years employed with the Cincinnati Post, accompanied the students as they practiced their photography skills out in the field.

“Remember guys, we are after people, people, people,” said Crippen, “and faces, faces, faces. We don’t want the backs of any heads.”

Many of the students, like Amilcar Torres-Enrique, took Crippen’s advice and challenged their abilities by angling their cameras towards people on campus in hopes to capture one of the most impressive shots.

“I did have a couple favorite pictures that included a lot of people,” Torres-Enrique said. “I liked the photos that included three young gentlemen [who were] demonstrating student life and how people can accommodate themselves on the campus here at NKU. I definitely used the rule of thirds a lot.”

John Gibson, the video instructor for the camp, could tell the students had put thought into their photoshoots.

“You could tell that a huge chunk [of students] weren’t afraid to get high and low with their shots,” Gibson said. “No shot had the same angle.”

After much thought and consideration of the photos, the mentors and instructors picked a first place and runner-up photo for two categories; composition and the showcasing of NKU.

First place was won by Steven Richter, a sophomore at Highlands High School, and Runner-up was won by Brianna Jones, a junior at Walnut Hills High School, for the showcasing of NKU.

Richter’s shot captured the NKU logo located in the front of Griffin Hall, while Jones’ shot captured the environmental view outside of a Griffin Hall window.

“The NKU shot was so powerful,” Gibson said. “Typically you see a lot of Black and Gold, which makes sense, but in this shot there was lot of silver and blue. It caught the rainy day.”

For the composition portion, first place was won by Sara Ruberg, a sophomore at Mother of Mercy High School, and Runner-Up was won by Shane Setna, a sophomore at William Mason High School.

Ruberg captured a compositional piece of an NKU student hunkered under her umbrella while walking across the bridge in the rain, while Setna caught a frame of a girl working on a project in one of Griffin Hall’s College of Applied Informatics labs.

“Instagram is one heck of a tool for some people,” Crippen said. “They can land jobs this way. It is a transition into the new digital age.”