Getting comfortable behind the lens
It’s been a year since I was introduced to The Compass readers as a new reporter/photographer, and I am glad to say I’m still going strong.
This has been a year of ups and downs, backwards and forwards, slips and falls. But I am here, continuing to keep the public informed as best I can.
Last year I criticized myself for my photography skills — or should I say lack of skills (oh look, I’m still doing it). Well, I am no Steve McCurry, but I think I have improved my technique, and the resulting photos are much better. I am much more comfortable behind the lens, and hope to continue improving.
Much to my surprise, I have been complimented… Well, maybe I should backtrack a bit.
I had the honour and privilege of covering this year’s Kiwanis regional music festival in Carbonear, a feat I questioned if I could do.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love musicals, operas and traditional toetapping music. In fact, I often mouth the words, and imagine myself up there performing ( just like old times). But for this event, I primarily photographed performers. And I terrified me when my editor told me this would be my project.
I was not disappointed in some of the shots I took. Others, well they went in the virtual trash on my desktop.
After posting some of the better photos on our websi t e (cbncompass.ca) I had parents and friends contact me to compliment on them.
While this was taking place, one of the annual editions of Horizons (a business insert in TC Media’s Newfoundland newspapers) was released provincewide. I was shocked to see one of my photographs on the cover. That’s a long way from not knowing how to use the flash this time last year.
Believe me, I still have lots of room to grow, and the technical side of a camera is something I am still learning. But I haven’t been quite as anxious lately when I am told I have to do a photo feature or to not forget to get a “few good snaps.”
Although I don’t consider myself a professional with the camera, I am much more at ease these days placing the words “reporter/photographer” next to my name professionally.
— Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer with The Compass newspaper in Carbonear. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org