Favorites from the past few months

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the past few months. It seemed like my life revolved around high school basketball for a while so you will be seeing a lot of basketball represented here. I covered some interesting people to start of the year including a master LEGO builder, a 10-year-old with a Decatur Running Grand Slam medal, and a very talkative and funny seamstress.

Working with light

I’ve spent the last month working on, what seems like, an above average amount of portraits at work and personally. One of the biggest learning curves I had to overcome when I started full time at the Herald & Review was learning how to use speedlights to my advantage, especially for portraits.

I feel like I’ve slowly been getting better and I’ve definitely been accumulating gear. A light stand here a softbox there, but the most helpful addition to my lighting equipment has been the PocketWizard PlusX. Moving from an infrared remote to a radio transmitter has given me much more freedom when it comes to quickly knocking out portraits for the paper. Especially when I shoot for special sections like the Herald & Review’s 20 under 40.

20 under 40 is a yearly section of the business journal that features 20 business people in the Decatur area that are under 40. The schedule for shooting these portraits broke down into about 20 minutes for set up and shooting and 20 minutes to drive to the next location.

After shooting 20 under 40 along with some of the high school athletes of the year and some portraits of my brother for a high school graduation gift I think the last month has been a pretty good learning experience for my lighting skills.

Here are some selections from 20 under 40, news portraits, sports portraits and a few I shot of my brother who practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Out into the light

After what seemed like an eternity of indoor lighting the Spring sports season finally got here even if the weather doesn’t seem to think so. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

Fall and winter sports update

The start of October marked the road to IHSA state finals for local high school teams in Decatur. I mainly covered volleyball and football with some cross country sprinkled in.

Emotions ran  high with many of the athletes as their seasons came to a close, and I think you will be able to see that in the photos.

Recently, basketball has dominated my shooting schedule, so there will be many more photos of that in the coming months.

Here are some of my favorite sports photos since October.

News from the year

Over the course of the year I tend to post more sports photography than anything else here on my blog. Along with the new year I hope to change that with running updates of not only sports but my news assignments as well.

Since I started with the Herald & Review in May I have covered everything from tornado damage to the daily life of a clown. I’ve posted a few things like Decatur Celebration, but nothing from more of my daily work.

Here are 54 of my favorite news photos from my time with the Herald & Review so far.

Fall 2013 High School Sports

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to experience my first fall season covering high school sports. Most of my nights have been spent at either a volleyball, soccer or football game, and with state finals right around the corner I thought I would gather some of my favorite photos from the season so far.


Decatur Celebration

I spent the majority of last weekend walking around the transformed downtown Decatur covering Celebration, a large street festival. Over the course of about a week a carnival is set up, stages are put up downtown and vendors gather along the streets. Even though the opening ceremonies got rained out the weather held up for the rest of the weekend. Here are some of my favorite photos from my two days at Celebration.

Best of High School Sports

With the high school sports season quickly approaching in August here are some of my favorite sports photos from my first few months at the Herald & Review.

The Virginian visits central Illinois

James Drury, of the TV western The Virginian, made a stop in Effingham and Decatur last Friday. I photographed him before and after an appearance with WAND, a local TV station. After taking more portraits in three months than I did in my entire college career I’m starting to get used to the fast paced nature that most of my news portraits fall into.

The location wasn’t ideal, so I tried to go for something more natural instead of a posed shot and this was the result. It was taken during the interview process with Herald & Review reporter Bob Fallstrom.

The Cellist

As my four years at Eastern come to an end tried my hand at producing a more intricate multimedia piece than I’m used to.  I decided to take an independent study during this last semester, and the result was a multimedia piece on a Shannon McElmeel, a cellist at Eastern. The video was put together with three different parts. The audio from the interview, photos from practice, and the video of her playing.

Aside from scheduling problems, since we both had very busy semesters, putting the video together wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Part of that is because I switched from Final Cut Express to Adobe Premiere Pro.