I was standing in Stewart’s Photo Shop holding a Canon D30, digital SLR camera that I knew I could not afford. As I pondered my purchase, I thought to myself, my wife is gonna kill me if I buy this thing.
I made the purchase and live to tell the tale. That was seventeen years ago.
What started as a hobby grew into a passion, and now a small business.
Early in my endeavor, I learned the important connection between film speed, shutter speed and aperture to achieve the correct exposure. Every time I thought I was getting better at it, I would see other photographer’s work and I realize how much I had yet to learn.
Over the years, I have come to realize that there is much more to being a photographer than being technically proficient. As I have honed my skills, I have come to appreciate the significance of composition, the relationship one must have with the subject, and the art of lighting.
I’ve come to realize my love of telling stories through photography. The art of photojournalism is fascinating. I’ve shot thousands of images at sporting and news events. The decisions that go into making an image are many. Where to stand, what lenses to use, what and where is the light source; lighting is a critical element in photojournalism. In photojournalism, the photographer must depend on natural light and a deep understanding of how light works in relationship to what is being photographed and where.
The Decisive Moment
It all comes down to the decisive moment. That exact moment, at 500th of a second or faster. Capturing an image that is here and gone in an instant. In my opinion, it’s the hardest of all the elements in photojournalism. Searching for the best location, waiting for the right moment, anticipating the perfect shot.
Then, just as the event unfolds, the referee steps in front of the camera, a spectator blocks the view, the sun hides behind the clouds, I release the shutter button one frame too soon. For every shot that comes together, I miss so many.
When it all comes together, there is nothing like it – a photojournalist’s high.
Being on the ECHO News team has been a blessing. Creating images and memories, and sharing them with the community has brought a lot of joy to me. I sincerely hope the readers enjoy seeing the photographs and much as I do creating them.
Editor: Mr. Shepard, thank you for bringing your eye and expertise the ECHO News and for letting us share what you see with our community. We are pleased to have you!