Ryan Valdes, 22, works behind a counter at Skate Station Funworks renting skates out to customers on Wednesday.
Ryan Valdes, fifth year advertising major, “jam dances” in his skates while working at Skate Station Funworks on Wednesday.
Sure enough, my final photography project for my photojournalism class involves candid photography. I have to document a part of a person’s life through pictures and a live interview. We have to give the viewer a feel for what makes the subject who he or she is.
The subject of my project, Ryan Valdes, is a “floor guard” at the local roller skating rink at Skate Station Funworks. He is one of the employees on the skating rink who assists skaters and ensures the rules are followed. He wears a referee-like striped shirt so he is easily spotted and recognized as a member of the staff.
My job as the photographer and creator of the final presentation is to take photos of him while or works and does any other activity that relates to his passion for dancing. The pictures must all be candid so I have precisely catch the moments in which he performs a trick and does something visually appealing on the rink. I have to make sure that Valdes’ personality shows in these pictures to give it as much life as he has.
I also need to include a variety of types of shots to keep the presentation exciting. I need full-body pictures as well as picture from the waist-up. There also needs to be a picture of my subject’s face where his eyes show up. Obviously with these being candid shots, I had to get the picture while Valdes was looking at someone else while I was close by. This variety will also help with the pacing of my slide show so the same kinds of pictures are not all back-to-back.
One of the hardest part of this assignment has proved to be freezing Valdes’ motion while he is in his skates. He is moving very fast at times and it is dark in the skating rink so I must always use flash, but even with the flash firing the shutter speed is not always fast enough to make for a good shot.
I have been experimenting with multiple shots for this project. What this feature allows for is the shooting of picture after picture after picture being shot for as long as you hold down the shutter-release button to take the picture. This lets me acquire several shots of movement to choose from rather than just one that hopefully captured just the right moment. If you have ever photographed someone jumping in the air, you know how challenging it is to catch the exact point that he or she is airborne. With multiple shots, you have a greater chance of getting a good photo out of it.
With this in mind, try taking some multiple shots of your own the next time you need your timing to be perfect for a shot.