Essentials in Motion

While taking the following pictures at Target, I looked at more of the things that were sold out a few months ago and the things that were fully stocked now. The hand sanitizer was a big one, at one point it was impossible to find hand sanitizer, let alone anything that had an antibacterial killer in it. Now the hand sanitizers are back and fully stocked. Most of the stores I shop at daily like Target, Kroger or Meijer, were sold out for months, there were literally no places I could find what I needed, regardless of the time of day.

While taking my pictures, I wanted to show how these things that were once a rare find, are now everywhere. Toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizers are a select few things people were in desperate need of during quarantine back in March. I tried finding some pictures of people buying disinfecting spray or wipes, but as an essential worker who sees how fast these things are selling it out, I believe more people are giving up trying to find things like Lysol spray/wipes, simply because usually walking into a store they are sold out in my area.

Most of the pictures I took were just of the aisles, products or signs telling people how many of a product they could purchase. The signs are a big thing in stores now, most stores limit guests to 1-3 of the same sanitizing or disinfecting items. Most of the things that were in the stores I went to find the best visual of missing essentials were sold out. While working at these stores, every day we get asked “do you all have Lysol? Are there any Lysol wipes…” The answer has been “no” very often.

The picture I took of the mother and daughter in the hand sanitizer aisle was interesting, because as soon as I walked up, she said “oh let’s try this one.” It is kind of strange now that I think about it because there are so many different types of sanitizer that we didn’t have before. Like the hair/body company “Sauvé” now has their own kind now. It is just an odd thing because I think of how it was only a couple different brands, the most used is “GERM-X,” now there are about 5-10 brands to choose from.

I honestly don’t think it was difficult to capture what I wanted to, because I knew I wanted to have pictures of what stores lacked and what they had an overflowing amount of, but it was difficult to show what should have been there because a lot of stores are simply filling in the gaps of empty aisles through out the store where there should be antibacterial wipes, sprays or soaps at. Clearly, these companies are getting better at making sure there are the essential needs for everyone and their households, but I think it is very hard to keep that up, especially when there are way more people than there are companies that make the items we may need.

While looking at some other past assignments where my peers went to stores and there was nothing, this is  big progress.

Social Distancing at the Fair

For the final project in my photojournalism class, we had to cover a type of event and create a photo story book using the Stellar app. The app gave an Instagram or Snapchat story feel, each slide was a few seconds long, where captions could be added to the picture and/or video, or it could just be a text slide. I really enjoyed using the app, it was easy and fun to use. I was able to get creative with my story, I covered which made me a little more interested in using the app.

For the project I covered the Lucas County Fair. The Lucas County fair is for people who raise cattle, bunnies, chicken, goats and much more come out and show what they have been working on all year. To name a few, the animals are judged based on their breed, weight, color and height. Other than livestock contest, there is a pageant as well. There are 3 winners, starting with the 4-H queen and works its way down to the second and third place winners. The Lucas County Fair also had several different activities, there were carnival rides, food, games and some venders. The fair was just a great environment to be in. You can check out what all the fair had to offer by viewing my Steller app story through this link: or going to the last final days of the fair, until Sunday, July 19th 2020 at 1406 Key St. Maumee, OH. Tickets are $5 per person, free for kids under 12 with free parking.

While I was at the fair, I interviewed 3 people who were all in different aspects of the fair. Shane Warner, president of the Lucas County Agriculture Society, Taylor Common, who was the first-place winner for the cattle contest, and Amanda Dawn, who was a vendor selling some crafts. The interview that stuck out most to me was Amanda Dawn’s, because she talked about how COVID took a financial toll on her family, but being able to come to the fair with a bigger audience to buy her work was helpful to earn some extra cash. COVID, has been hard on everyone, whether it be not being able to go work or finish face to face classes, or even just being worried about getting sick. I think it was important that the fair made it happened for it to still open this year despite everything going on, I think it gave some people comfort to be able to participate. The fair was open and although they did not require face mask, they did make sure there were big red “social distancing” signs throughout the site.

Honestly, I really enjoyed this project. Not only did it make me more aware of how people everywhere are still being impacted by COVID, but also made me appreciate the small things. Its little events like this, that would make everyone cheer up a little during this time to feel like normal again.


            The National Press Photographers Association, also known as the NPPA went live Via Facebook in hopes to share information about what photojournalist and TV photographers are doing to shoot stories, now that there is a worldwide lock down. The President of NPPA, Andrew Stanfill, along with others share this information in a way that all people can understand and be aware of. As I will only be touching on only a few points, readers can find the full video by clicking this link:

The panel speaks out about safety in the NPPA community. Chris Post from the NPPA, says as a former EMT he knows that it is important to take this seriously and be cautious. Social distancing, which for a photojournalist or other news sources, means to not go to more than 1 place for sources, information and photos a day. Going to the local hospital is one thing, but then going to Town Hall then another location to talk to law enforcements is not healthy. He also points out that you also must protect yourself as well, no story and photo is more important than your health or the health of others around you. When finding information on what to do during this time or what precautions help the most, go to a reliable health institution. Houston Chronicle’s Marie De Jesús and Jill Geisler from Loyola/Freedom Forum send a message to all news leaders. These leaders should be 100% understanding at this time if one does that feel comfortable shooting at a location, acknowledging the fact that someone’s health could be at risk, if not their own. Workers should feel secure when they decline a news story and not think they will be in trouble for it in the long run. Joe Little an MMJ on NBC 7 San Diego gave advice to have hope, share positive and hopeful stories during this time. Everyone is in the house, watching the news a few times a day if not all day. It must be depressing to hear over and over about deaths that this COVID-19 as brought to our country; but it is important to share the people who have won the COVID-19 battle or just other stories that are positive for the community. NPPA Vice President, Katie Schoolov from CNBC says that people are okay with skyping for interviews, that is completely fine during this time. Skype has made a new feature for this so that people who do not have an account can be able to do interviews with people from news stations. The most important part of all of this is to just stay safe. Take the appropriate and necessary precautions for this pandemic. Our community and our world need all the dependable sources and news to know how to flatten the curve. The NPPA did us all a favor to let us know how to deal with this problem in a journalist and photojournalist perspective. Be safe, wash your hands and think of others before doing something or going anywhere that could harm our world any further.

Learning camera operations

During my 2020 Spring Semester in Photojournalism learned more than what I expected. The ten photos give my viewers a look at what I know, but some times that is not always enough, I also I have to tell you in depth why I did what I did in some if not all of these photos. First, it is necessary that I begin with the basics, what are the typical functions of a manual camera? There is shutter speed, which is the tool that controls the light and the motion of your subject you wish to shoot, the slower the shutter speed the blurrier your photo may look but the faster it is the clearer your subject will be. While going out to do my ten pictures I was sure to get a variable of places to make all of them different from the other. I tried finding places with the best lighting, which is, in my opinion, outside. The shot that was most difficult to me was the blurred action because it required a lot of focus for me, I also had to make sure I had all the numbers right, the ISO, which should be 400, the correct shutter speed- 1/30th and the correct aperture. It took a while to get the shot because the subject had to be moving but also be in focus, I should be able to see their faces expression or even small details about the clothes they had one. As for the background, any and everything should be blurred out. The photo that was easiest but also the most fun was the “Perspective” shot. It was fun because it allowed me to be creative with the colors, at the park there are so many colors, natural colors; but my subject stood out which made it my favorite. 

This class has taught me the importance of reciprocity, it probably was not the hardest to learn but it is probably one of the most important. Knowing that which was to turn the shutter speed in what situation so the photo has the right amount of light. I also know that in this class there are 4 elements that should be set before you start shooting: IOS, Aperture/shutter speed, meter and the white balance. When shooting indoors that involves activities where your subject and/or subjects are moving, you should be at a 1600 IOS, 2.8 f stop and 500 on the aperture. Sports are fast so you need the shutter speed to be faster to catch your subject. 

This class has helped me have a better understanding of how to shoot the right picture, what works best for what situations and also the “why.” 

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