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: