Week 1 in Reading

Last Monday I started my first photo internship at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pennsylvania. My first on the job started with a tour of the building, which was really cool because I got to see the printing press - so fascinating. After the tour though, they pretty much threw me right in. My first assignment was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new apartment building that was built in order to revive a part of the community. Like most things you do the first time, my first assignment didn't turn out exactly how I wanted. I was plagued with cluttered backgrounds and terrible lighting, and my struggle showed in my photos. Looking back, I didn't struggle with those things because I don't know how to deal with them. My education has taught me plenty on how to deal with bad lighting and backgrounds. I was simply thinking too much - thinking about how nervous I was, how well I needed to do since this was going to be in the paper, etc. I was thinking about everything but the photo.

Since that assignment, I've tried to treat my shoots as regular photos. I've tried to think of just the photo itself, not where the photo is going, not who will see it, etc. I've been trying to focus more, and I think that helped with the assignments I completed on Tuesday and Wednesday. I had Thursday and Friday off (took some time on Friday to explore Philadelphia), but I'm looking forward to shooting several things this weekend, including a Girls on the Run race, and Reading Fightin' Phils baseball game, and a street fair. 

I'm excited. I don't have any other newspaper experience, so much of this is new to me. They've had my shoot a lot of portraits, which is not something I'm particularly good at, but I'm thankful for the practice. Hopefully doing all these portraits will make me feel more comfortable shooting them. Additionally, after the softball game I shot on Tuesday, a woman called my photo editor to rave about a photo that I took of a girl sliding into second base (it didn't run in the paper but it was in an online gallery). Hearing that people like your work is always very reassuring.

It's cool to be a part of something that is much bigger than me - it's a compilation of the best work of everyone on Reading Eagle staff.

Here's some photos I shot this week:

Members of the Berks Nature board and representatives from various planning agencies break ground during a ceremony held on May 18, 2016, to mark the start of building Berks County's new nature center in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Members of the Berks Nature board and representatives from various planning agencies break ground during a ceremony held on May 18, 2016, to mark the start of building Berks County's new nature center in Reading, Pennsylvania.

A softball play from Twin Valley High School attempts to catch the softball as her opponent from Muhlenberg High School slides into second base. The game was a semi-final on May 17, 2016, for the Berks County Championship tournament at Lyons Ballfield.

A softball play from Twin Valley High School attempts to catch the softball as her opponent from Muhlenberg High School slides into second base. The game was a semi-final on May 17, 2016, for the Berks County Championship tournament at Lyons Ballfield.

Demilee Alvarez, Imani Livingston, and Selenia Mendez take a photo together after Reading Area Community College's GED commencement ceremony on May 18, 2016, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Demilee Alvarez, Imani Livingston, and Selenia Mendez take a photo together after Reading Area Community College's GED commencement ceremony on May 18, 2016, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Luis LaBoy poses for a portrait at East Reading Boxing Club on May 18, 2016, in Reading, Pennsylvania. LaBoy has only been boxing for two years but has already won a regional title.

Luis LaBoy poses for a portrait at East Reading Boxing Club on May 18, 2016, in Reading, Pennsylvania. LaBoy has only been boxing for two years but has already won a regional title.

Wilson High School's Emily Love pitches the ball at the semi-final game against Exeter on May 17, 2016, at Lyons Ballfield.

Wilson High School's Emily Love pitches the ball at the semi-final game against Exeter on May 17, 2016, at Lyons Ballfield.

Jordan Mannix, a senior at Wilson High School, poses for a portrait on May 17, 2016, with some of his favorite pieces of artwork that he's done this year.

Jordan Mannix, a senior at Wilson High School, poses for a portrait on May 17, 2016, with some of his favorite pieces of artwork that he's done this year.