Driving home from class last Thursday, I spotted a group of people in boxing gear gasping for breath as they jogged down NW 13th St. Not too far away, a white tarp above an open garage door read "Gladden Boxing Club." Immediately, I knew someone there had a story. I already had some other ideas in mind for my first assignment, but this one just felt right. One phone call later I had my interview set up for the following day with the owner, Lee Gladden.
For my first experience taking photos with a DSLR camera, I had chosen a fast moving sport as my subject. This was going to be a challenge. But after a quick overview of the boxing club's website and an even quicker lesson on aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, I came out swinging.
The interview with Gladden went smoothly. I had my questions ready and knocked it out in less than 15 minutes. Thankfully I was able to get quotes from multiple boxers during their water breaks as well. The photos, however, were a totally different story. Lighting was a big issue, because I had to take into account the sunlight coming in from the front and back of the gym's open garage doors. Other parts of the gym were very dark, so I felt like I was constantly playing around with the camera's settings. I tried to catch and correct myself every time I shot something too dark or over exposed. I found it even more difficult to maintain focus and the correct amount of lighting while also trying to capture motion.
Overall, it was a different but fun experience, and I was excited to look through the photos when I got home. While my background in operating TV news cameras gave me some confidence, I definitely stepped outside my comfort zone. The DSLR wasn't so scary after all. There is ample room for improvement, of course, but I'm happy with how it turned out!
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