Twenty high school students captured newsworthy photographs ranging from children’s endearing faces to shooting hoops with one another on the first day of the NKU’s Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop.
After students spent their morning learning photograph fundamentals with Bruce Crippen, professional photographer, they were split up into two groups to go out and experience the world of photojournalism for themselves.
Group A explored the playgrounds at the Early Childhood Center, where young children scattered throughout, some showing off their talents for the camera while others shied away opting to hide behind bushes.
Students weren’t afraid to jump in and begin photographing the children as they rode bikes, picked berries and danced.
Story Editor Taylor Upchurch was most surprised at how well the students were able to encapsulate the energy on site.
“I wasn’t expecting the photos to be so incredible,” Upchurch said. “Honestly, looking back at them, you can see so much emotion and that is what made these pictures great.”
Mari Froude, senior at Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, thought the daycare children made the perfect subjects for implementing the rules Crippen discussed.
“I didn’t have to direct the kids at all,” Froude said. “They were eager to let me photograph them. They would do things like make silly faces and these made for really quality pictures.”
The children’s enthusiasm rubbed off on the students as they tried shooting from different angles. Students like Sara Ruberg, sophomore at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, crouched to the ground to get more interesting shots.
“I feel like whatever you put into it is whatever you are going to get out of it,” explained Ruberg. “Doing the smallest of things like getting down on one knee, makes the largest difference in the final product.”
While Group A interacted with a younger crowd, Group B headed off to photograph the construction at NKU’s Recreation Center.
The rec center group faced a common journalistic challenge when they learned they faced restrictions on shooting in the construction zone.
“It did add a degree of difficulty,” said mentor Derek Daley, who accompanied the students on the shoot. “But it encouraged the students to be proactive and look for opportunities rather than letting the opportunities look for them.”
Savannah Deuer, a sophomore at Goshen High School in Goshen, said the photo shoot put her photography skills to the test.
“My photography level before this [workshop] was kind of amateur,” said Deuer. “I actually won a photo contest with the Cincinnati Public Library for my picture of the Cincinnati skyline.”
“I felt like in the setting we were in, it was easy to take action shots and take good pictures because there was almost nobody around,” said Deuer.
Shane Setna, Mason High School sophomore, also took part in photographing the rec center.
“It was a fun experience, because usually if I am taking a photo I am using my iPhone,” explained Setna. “Obviously you’re not getting the same quality as the cameras we’re using, so you are getting some fun, high-quality pictures.”
Amilcar Torres-Enrique, a sophomore at Walnut Hills High School was eager to expand his photography skills at the workshop.
“I think it was a lot of fun and we got to experience a lot of different action shots of people messing around playing basketball,” Torres-Enrique said. “I think for those people who want to be sports commentators, I know there is a couple of them, that’s pretty much how it is in real life. You take pictures of people playing sports.”