For this assignment I created a Soundslides project by myself. This assignment helped me to combine photojournalism and audio while working independently of others.
You can see my individual Soundslides project here.
For this project, I chose the topic of flyball. Flyball is a team sport for dogs. I went to a flyball competition last summer and thought it was interesting, so I thought it would be a fun story.
I found my topic very interesting. I love animals, so doing another project involving animals was fun. Even though I have been to a flyball event, I really knew very little about the sport. Doing this story gave me the opportunity to learn about something new.
I had several difficulties while working on this project. My first difficulty came when interviewing Steve Miller. Steve is very nice and is full of information. The only difficulty came in that he clears his throat very frequently when talking. Sometimes he would clear his throat mid word. This made editing very difficult because I didn’t want the interview to sound too choppy.
While editing the interview with Rebecca Whisler I had a new set of difficulties. The area where we chose to do the interview had a bit of an echo. I did not notice this at the time but it became very evident when editing the audio. There was also some kind of a heater in the area which made some odd noises in the background.
Photography also came with difficulty. The practice I attended to take photos was at the Laramie Plains Civic Center. I had never been in the building before so I did not know how terrible the lighting was. The lights in the gym were very yellow dim.
The lighting made it impossible to go to a stop action shutter speed without limiting the amount of light and turning the photo completely dark. This made getting action shots very difficult. Most of the shots I got were very blurry, and I just had to choose the best photos to make the most of the situation.
If I could have changed anything I would have liked to do this project in the summer. If I could have taken photos outdoors I believe I could have gotten the proper shutter speed on my camera and taken better action photos. I also would have selected a better area to interview Rebecca.
Despite the difficulties of this story, I really enjoyed it. I loved seeing how happy the dogs and people were when playing flyball. The whole experience brought a smile to my face. Am even thinking of bringing my dog to one of their practices.