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JOU121 Photojournalism Covering a campaign stop.

I photographed a Jared Polis campaign stop as a self-assignment for my photojournalism students. This is a small selection of photos and by no means is it complete coverage of the stop...but...it gives a brief visual guide to my approach.

It's a quick look at my approach and we'll discuss my edit/processing workflow later. I did do a screen capture video with running dialog as I edited and will put together a tutorial on my deadline editing approach.

Carrying two cameras allows me to shoot a long lens (70-200mm f2.8 Nikkor Zoom) and my Fuji X-Pro 1 with a fixed focal length ("prime lens") 18mm f2. The zoom allows for tight shots and with the APS-C sensor setting on my D800 I was able to crop like a 300mm for a shot like this one of candidate Jared Polis.

Lens: 300mm ISO: 3200 Shutter: 1/500 F-stop: 2.8 Exposure Compensation -.33 to compensate for dark background and spot lighting.
I was slightly behind the table and liked focusing on Jared Polis with Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper in the background. Shot at f2.8 it minimizes my Depth of Field. I might have done better to also shoot this at f4 and get a touch more DoF! ~ Lens: 300mm ISO: 3200 Shutter: 1/250 F-stop: 2.8 Exposure Compensation -.33 to compensate for dark background and spot lighting.

I liked the triangle composition of this shot. I also really like Hickenlooper's boyish grin and put my focus on him.

Left: Michael Bennett speaks. That's John Hickenlooper in foreground. Fuji X-Pro1 with 28mm at f2 (1/100th shutter). Exposure compensation is dialed down -1.25 stops to account for dark background.

For this shot I chose a high angle. I put the viewfinder into a "live view" mode allowing me to see the image on my LCD while holding the camera above my head and pointing it back down.

John Hickenlooper addresses the crowd. Fuji X-Pro1 with 28mm at f2 (1/100th shutter). Exposure compensation is dialed down -1.25 stops to account for dark background.

Keep your eye sharp for detail photos when you're photographing. I noticed John Hickenlooper fine tuning his notes and shot tight. I especially like the word "believe" in sharp focus - a nice little bonus!

Lens: 300mm ISO: 3200 Shutter: 1/500 F-stop: 2.8 Exposure Compensation -.33 to compensate for dark background and spot lighting.

Look for more intimate moments...behind the scenes, so to speak. I converted this last group of images to black and white simply because I wanted to focus on faces and emotions.

Fuji X-Pro1 w/ 28mm at f2. ISO 3200.

Ordinarily if I were being tasked with coverage for a news outlet my coverage would be more extensive. Likely I would have made arrangements to be on the bus as they traveled; this would open up a new opportunity for intimate behind-the-scenes coverage. My visual approach for images such as that would be in black and white. I would likely have asked to be dropped off so I could get images of them exiting the bus. I would then have followed them backstage for continued intimate behind-the-scenes coverage.

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