Well, this has been a week, if you know what I mean. I’m starting to think that lighting equipment doesn’t like me, or maybe it’s just smarter than me, I wouldn’t be surprised. Well I couldn’t get the mini optical flash to work, so I had to use a friend’s flash as my other flash. I gelled it with blue just for funsies and put it behind the dancers. I awkwardly caught the flash itself in several of my photos, I’m ashamed to say, but it was hard to tell where it was all the time and when someone would be covering it, that’s the challenge with really fast hip hop dancers, they’re always moving. Anyway, I’m not too upset about it, I think I still got a couple of good shots, but it’s definitely something I need more practice with. And I must get better rechargeable batteries, mine kept fizzing out on me and my flash took forever to reload, costing me some pretty good opportunities for photos. Ah well, we all learn from our mistakes, don’t we?




We All Have Successes and Failings


Anthony Jinson took over the Columbia Business Times’ studio for the May 2013 cover shoot featuring Dak Dillon, a local web site designer, photographer, and videographer.

Everyday it seems I’m reminded of just how far I’ve come, and how far I have yet to go, concerning photojournalism. I have had excellent opportunities with my time at the Business Times and Columbia Home, and plan on extending into even more Missouri communities with my upcoming stint at Missouri Life magazine. But meeting someone like Dak Dillon, who is on the cover of the May 2013 issue of Columbia Business Times, is incredibly intimidating. He’s only a couple years older than me and already has a resume that I wish was exaggerated. I would kill to be the lead photographer for Mizzou athletics. When asking how far my commitment stretches, ask not what I would do for a Klondike bar, but instead ask what I would do for this man’s career. He’s two years older than me and is on the cover of the magazine where I work for free. But hell, he deserves it. I certainly didn’t start designing websites at the tender age of seven. I didn’t even know what a computer was until I reached fifth grade.

But when I start to feel myself shrinking into others’ shadows, I just think to myself that everyone has their path in life for a reason. My life doesn’t have to be compared to others’, it only matters that I’m doing my best and enjoying it along the way. So while I crouched at the back of the CBT’s photo studio, watching a young adult make the cover of the magazine, I screwed my favorite fisheye lens onto my Rebel T1i, focused, and exhaled as the shutter snapped shut. That was my moment, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

There is Such a Thing as a Rain Room


I was initially drawn to this audio slideshow because of its content, “What the eff is a rain room?” I said to myself. So I clicked to find out. Before the slideshow had completed loading, I thought, “I know the only natural/ambient sound they’re going to have is rain,” and I was totally cool with that, because the sound of rain relaxes me. My prediction proved correct, just a steady rain throughout the entire thing, it was majestic, just like the men in the slideshow are describing. Their voices are also quite clear, distinguishable against the steady moisture, and there’s no obvious cuts in the audio to distract from the peaceful, consistent feeling you get from the ambient sound. All in all, a very well done audio slideshow I would say.

More Color, I Say!

20120413_cc_bellk_lr_0143 20120413_cc_bellk_lr_0144Yup, I did yet another coloring assignment, and even though I’m only turning in two different takes, I’ve been using this technique for all of my photo-taking ventures. It is quite helpful considering most places inside have awful light. This time I took photos at the annual Habitat for Humanity Garage Sale at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, MO. The lighting wasn’t awful, so it wasn’t a huge challenge, there were more windows than I thought there would be, so available white light was streaming in part of the building. I only used one gel, a warm, orangeish one, but not a really strong one considering the lighting wasn’t terrible. I think the photos turned out pretty well. At least the lighting is decent. If I used more gels it probably would have had too strong of a color tint to it.

Everyday I’m Colorin’

I apologize for the cheesiness of my post title. But sometimes it’s all I can do to enjoy myself. Anywhoooo, I did a color correction assignment for class, and this was my first attempt at it. I went to the engineering school because it’s full of icky icky light. All kinds of blinking f-lights find their home in this confusing, dark building. It’s not conducive to a happy feeling. But I knew I would absolutely need to use my flash and a gel or two in there. So off I ventured. I met with the Rocket Team, they literally build rockets and make me feel inadequate in the process. And their lab is in the basement of the engineering school. It was rather depressing, I don’t know how they spend so much time down there, without windows or fresh air, but I suppose they’re too busy to notice. I only used one gel, Roscosun 85, which is an orange color. The color of the f-light in the room was warm, so I matched the ugly. I think my photos turned out pretty well, at times it seems a little warm on their skin tone, but only when I’m pretty close to them. The room itself matches what my eye saw, so I think that’s an accomplishment.



I Love All that is Neglected in This World


For my spring break, I didn’t lounge on a beach, I didn’t sip margaritas, I did not even leave the state of Missouri. Instead, I found my spring break spent in death traps just waiting for the chance to begin the final Final Destination movie.

I’m not entirely sure why these abandoned places of “once were” are so appealing to me, all I know is that I feel like an adventurer, exploring the past which could have once been a place of love, sickness, or turmoil. I decided that I would explore Missouri’s abandoned spots for a photo adventure. I knew they would be dark places, in need of some flash all up in there, so I thought it might be a good opportunity to work on an assignment. These places are bound to be full of stories, so why not share them?

I will say that it was difficult to maneuver in these dangerous, damp places with a flash in hand and camera in the other. I often employed a voice activated light stand (AKA, my incredibly understanding boyfriend) to get the flash in a position I wanted without sacrificing my life in the process. Some of the places I wanted to go were inaccessible, like the projection room at the Macon Drive-In, but we journalists make do with what we have. I just hope I didn’t totally botch the photos in my enthusiasm to be in these hidden places. I am an adventurer at heart, if only I was also a lighting genius at heart so that these assignments would be second nature to me. I guess no one can have it all.


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