Monday, December 18, 2006

This is one of the better pictures that was taken by me at the conference on November 30th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

On November 30th I photographed the 2006 networking conference for Tutor-Mentor Connections. I arrived at the downown Chicago Depaul University campus at about 11am and marched right through the Borders book store on the first floor without hesitation, carrying my tripod in hand. The mentoring conference was to be held on the eighth floor. I had no idea what to expect and yet I was not very nervous at all. I knew I had a job to do, and I was prepared. Using a tripod for this event would ensure that I would not have to deal with the camea shaking in my hand. The shutter was at 1/10 at first. Gradually, I pulled it back to 1/15. That seemed to work best. I went to the front row of the conference room and set up to shoot.

The funny thing about it was that most of the people in the room had no idea what I was doing there. They probably tought I was some kind of nutjob at first. It had been months since I'd had enough extra money for a haircut, so my hair was all wild and messy while I was casually walking through the doors unannounced. For the first few shots, the main subjects were looking directly at the camera. I did not like the attention. My opinion was that this event was not about me or my pictures, it was about them. More specifically, it was about a very important cause that they were willing to meet so early in the morning for. Thankfully, the speakers got the message soon afterwards and began to act more natural. The big challenge with taking these pictures was getting the camera moved quickly enough to take the right shots. I made sure to take more than one for each position.

The campus facilities themselves were very large and expansive. The views from the eight floor windows were awesome.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My beginnings in Photography

I quit my job in November of 2005 and decided to continue school full time. I figured that I'd just dump my responsibilites and go back to being a pre-teen again, sit around and let my parents take care of everything. To be honest, I grew restless sitting at home. Having worked so hard as a cashier for the previous year, I felt extremely uncomfortable doing nothing.

Every second that I sat still, playing my Playstation, I could feel the world passing me by. It wasn't long before I started looking for something to do. In spite of my previous apprehensions I went searching for work once again.

I was nervous about working for a non-profit, but I got over it quickly. I wanted to work, even if it meant volunteering. My first big project involving the Tutor Mentor exchange was at a leadership conference for non-profit owners. I took my camera, along with my knowledge of digital photography, and got to work.