Hello one and all! My name is Delaney, I’m from the San Francisco Bay area, and am incredibly excited to be at Tisch this summer. As my classmates have told you, this program has been incredibly immersive and intensive as well as intellectually stimulating and enjoyable; today was no exception. We started off strong with a lighting demo led by two of our lovely TA’s (George and Nicole) in our first class of the day. Studio lighting seems so expansive and complicated to those of us who don’t normally have access to professional equipment, and it was fantastic to have an opportunity to be exposed the practical set-up and use of a professional level strobe lighting set up. Practicing applying broad, short, butterfly and side lighting with the added tools such as reflectors jump-started a lot of creative thought in regards to my final project, and I’m incredibly excited to be able to exercise total creative control when the time comes (cue ominous sounding evil laugh).
We also had the pleasure of meeting and talking to photographer Stephanie Keith (www.stephaniekeith.com), and not only did we discuss elements of photojournalism, such as writing a pitch and seizing the decisive moment, but her ongoing project on Brooklyn-based Haitian Vodou communities triggered interesting conversations surrounding the topics of culture and religious practices. The use of iPhones in a professional environment was also discussed, as well as using apps (such as Hipstamatic) to achieve different aesthetics that are perhaps exclusive to mobile photography; an interesting take on something that we are exposed to every day.
Of course, our brains would all explode if our week was actually all work no play, so a quick trip to the ballpark was a welcome respite from classes and shooting time. Although we left a little bit early to catch the train, the Yankees seemed to be tying the game up pretty nicely. Go NYC, go! I’m not sure if that’s the appropriate thing to say, but I guess I’m just a long-term tourist after all.