Back in the Swing of Things

About a month ago Tom (my boyfriend) and I went back to Missouri to visit my family. On one of the days, we decided to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens. What a perfect opportunity to jump-start the portfolio revival!

It was Tom’s first time there and it had been about six or seven years since I’d been there myself, so we grabbed a map and started exploring! Fun fact: the Missouri Botanical Gardens span 79 acres and were founded in 1859, which makes them the oldest gardens in continuous operation. Continue reading


Sue Bryan Photography

I chose to critique Sue Byran’s portfolio because she’s a nature photographer and that’s what I’m interested in right now. The first thing that you see are all of her portfolio categories when you click on her main page and I really like that because it saves me from clicking and doing investigative work when I just want to look at some pictures. Sue Bryan

Another thing I noticed right away, and is something that we’ve talked about in my electronic photojournalism class, is that her email address is at the bottom of the page. The fact that it’s not a form you have to fill out made me really happy because that suggests that there might be a real person at the other end of the email instead of no one.

I really like the clean, black background because that screams professional to me. The font size is appropriate. I really like how her name is in bold in the header and photography isn’t.

Also, when you go into the different portfolios (say you start at “Nature in B & W”) you can either click yourself through the pictures or view them as a slideshow. When you’re done with one portfolio you can click “Next Portfolio” at the top of the page instead of going back and forth between the home page and other pages. That makes navigation super simple. I also liked that the photographs stay relatively the same size (of course there are going to be slight differences when going from a vertical photograph to a horizontal photograph). Some of the other websites I visited weren’t like that at all and it was very distracting and upsetting that I couldn’t see the whole picture at once.

I think the only thing I would change about this portfolio would be to have all the albums if you will on one page instead of having “Portfolios” and “Other Portfolios,” which is towards the bottom of the page and easy to miss.

Who Wants To Be a Photojournalist?

I know it’s only Tuesday, but I figured I should write my blog before (A) I forget what topic I want to write about and (B) before I forget entirely (**because I know the rest of my week is going to be a roller coaster).

Yesterday, during my multimedia journalism lecture, we had the privilege of listening to the chairs of several major departments of journalism (convergence, broadcast, photojournalism, strategic communications, and magazine). Awesome, right? TOTALLY! I mean, I took Journalism 1010 ( a class about career explorations in journalism) and this is pretty much all we did, but yesterday it was all about the upper level classes and what to expect.

When listening to the convergence journalism speaker, I was a little overwhelmed. I mean, I know I want to do that, but not for my bachelor’s degree because I know that’s not right for me right now. **For those of you that don’t know, I’m trying to get my bachelor’s in photojournalism and a masters in convergence.** Anyway, I love the idea of getting my hands dirty with all the different mediums that are available nowadays. Right now it’s kind of a scary idea to me, but, again, that’s because I’ve been a little stressed with my course load this year.

Up next was the broadcast journalist speaker. Now, I KNOW that this is never going to be a legit option for me. I know with my personality and issues about myself and such that I would never have the passion that other people do for this type of journalism. I was open to hearing what the speaker had to say, however, I knew that, by the end of the lecture, being on the radio or on television was not something I could be happy making a career out of.

The photojournalism speaker was who spoke next. When he stepped on the stage, my ears perked up, I sat up straighter, and I payed even more attention. As he was talking about the course load, capstone projects, and suggestions to succeed in this field I had a checklist in my head and I was gung ho for doing this for the rest of my life. I knew this was right for me because I didn’t feel overwhelmed, I only felt excitement and anticipation. What surprised me is how I felt about the next speaker.

Up until recently I wasn’t really sure about what strategic communication meant. I mean, I knew it was advertising, but I felt fortunate to listen to this speaker and learn what it was really all about. I really am interested in photography and I’ve toyed around with the idea of getting an associates degree in graphic design. Maybe that’s why this appealed to me. I wasn’t sure if strat comm was exactly right for me (like photojournalism was/is) but seeing what can be done with it peaked my interest.

The magazine journalist was the last speaker that we listened to. I know this is going to sound a little bit messed up, but just bear with me for a second. Magazine journalism is a part of convergence journalism and that IS something I’m interested in ….but….honestly, I didn’t really listen to this speaker because she wasn’t as prepared as the other speakers and therefore I got the impression that magazine journalism wasn’t that important. Maybe if I had the chance to listen to another magazine journalist speak I would give them a second chance because I, in all reality, I don’t want to close any doors for myself. Even though I love photojournalism, I’m not going to solely focus on that because then I might miss out on other things that I might enjoy, like strategic communications or graphic design.

Stunning Realizations

So, I know this may sound a little weird, but I’ve always thought that blog posts had to have the same sort of writing style as a diary or journal. It wasn’t until I had a guest lecturer speak in my multimedia journalism class that I realized there’s so much more to blogging.

It was brought to my attention that blogs could be reviews of products (something I assumed Consumer Reports would cover) or ideas for inspiration *which, I suppose, is what the last few of my posts have been*. To me all of that seems like something you would make a Vlog (video blog for the less tech-savvy people reading this) about. I mean, that’s the big trend on YouTube isn’t it?–Vlogging and DIY projects.  The only thing you can’t effectively do on YouTube is post a photo blog…because that would just end up being a slideshow. Lol. Below is a link to a cool photo blog I found through Google.

Another subject  the guest lecturer brought up was that once you get a blog going you can start getting people to interact (still sounds like a YouTube video to me, but we’re going with it). After you do that you can start building a network. I thought that was a pretty cool idea so when I was just messing around on Google (I know, I have a problem with Google) I found the site below. You can clearly see that the blogger’s incorporating other bloggers and websites to help his audience. I especially love the first hyperlink because it takes you to a different blog that allows people from all over the world to contribute to.

Broaden Your Photography Horizons

The Photography of it All

So, we just turned in out Seeing Red assignments. I looked around the room when the class and I were toning our photos and it looked like everyone was shooting red objects and there was all of this noise (different colors and such) in the background. I just Googled “red photographs” to see what came up. I found this really cool picture of two pay phones in front of a bright red wall and it made me realize that people don’t have to focus on red OBJECTS, they could focus on red BACKGROUNDS too. Below is the link that had more photograph as well as similar photographs to it.

Taking Pictures

So…this week’s topic (I’ve decided) is going to be about taking pictures. I know some people aren’t that artistic (or feel they aren’t artistic) but when it comes down to making a great photograph it’s not that difficult.

The reason this blog topic comes up is because for my multimedia journalism class we have to take 3 different photographs and the photographs have to be predominantly red. In class, when the TA was explaining the rule of thirds and other important terms, the whole class seemed to freak out (again). I’m pretty much here to say…it’s okay. I know most of the class will probably shoot in automatic because they’re intimidated by the size and power of a camera that’s not designed to be a point-and-shoot. I don’t think you should stay in your comfort zone though because that’s just going to inhibit you in the long run.

Below is a link that I found that pretty much explains what I learned in my photojournalism class during my senior year in high school. Best of luck to everyone and their assignments. 🙂