Portfolio ; Micah


This year in photojournalism, I learned patience. I learned that there is more to an image than simply looking, and taking- there is also seeing, and knowing; there is understanding and passion; trust and self-control; there is emotion in a picture. To really convey a story, in the most true yet still appealing way, you must compose a picture. The lighting must be right, the placing of a subject must reflect the situation, the background can't be meaningless, the subject itself must not be posed, the photo must be candid; you must tell an entire story- in a single, solitary photo. My favorite project this year was when we experimented with photoshop. I learned that you can easily make a photo tell a different story, but you can also tell more of the real one by enhancing the photo without changing it. I've come to realize that a photo, while it might seem solid, truthful, and unchangeable, is fragile, and can be deceitful. Without photojournalism to tell our stories, we would live very different lives. We would be very different people. I know now that what the world needs is more photojournalists to expose the truth that not every eye can see.

Photoshop (& process)

Elements of Composition

Photo Gallery

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5 Frame Photo Story

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Is that-! Belen gazes fondly at her newfound love, a small tree behind Fossil Ridge High School, on September 30th, 2015; she can’t resist a glance. “Oh Tree-” she yelled passionately.

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Defeat. Belen taunts the fallen Casey with a series of poses and snide comments, and Casey begins to cry, holding her face in pain and shame. “You’re so mean!” Casey shouts, “Stop laughing it isn’t funny!”

Humans of Fossil Ridge

"Like this?"


"What now."

--"Just look up."

Camera Operations-

Power on/off- To turn on the camera, gently slide the on/off slider, located on top of the camera, to the right.

Battery Replacement- Once the batteries are completely drained, the camera will shut off. Once this happens, you must turn the camera over and carefully open the rectangular door on the bottom of the camera. Remove the batteries, and replace them, following the plus and minus symbols near each slot. Carefully close the door.

SD Card Insertion- Also located behind the door on the bottom of the camera, is the slot for your SD card. Open the door like you were going to take the batteries out. Check to make sure your SD card is not locked, then slide it until it clicks, into the slot labelled for the SD card.

Open/Unlock Flash- On the top of your camera, is a rectangular piece that protrudes from the camera. Beside it is a small, black button with no markings. Once you press it, the flash will be enabled when you take pictures. You will have the option to use suppressed, or forced flash.

Taking a Picture- Also located on the top of the camera, is a small, round, silver button. Once you press it, an image will be captured.

Law and Ethics

Hedonism represents the “do what feels good” school of thought, and might be used to justify printing explicit photos simply because they are titillating. Publishing a provocative front page photo simply for the sake of selling newspapers would be an example of hedonism.

The Golden Mean philosophy concerns compromise. If there is a less intrusive, offensive, or disagreeable photo that still tells the story, that is the better option. The emphasis is on finding middle ground rather than an all-or-nothing approach.

Utilitarianism as a philosophy attempts to weigh positives and negatives of a situation, and maximize the good for the greatest number of people. For example, if gruesome photos of a car crash offend the victims’ families, but shock the community into driving safely, then by Utilitarianism the taking and publication of those photos is deemed to be ethical.

Photojournalist Feature - Annie Leibovitz

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on October 2, 1949, Anna-Lou Leibovitz is the third of six children of Marilyn Edith (née Heit) and Samuel Leibovitz.

When Leibovitz returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as staff photographer, working for Rolling Stone magazine.

She was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS).

She is still alive :)

Leibovitz photographed the Rolling Stones in San Francisco in 1971 and 1972.

In 1978 Leibovitz became the first woman to photograph Joan Armatrading for an album.

In 2011, Leibovitz was nominated alongside Singaporean photographer Dominic Khoo and Wing Shya for Asia Pacific Photographer of the Year.

In February 2009, Leibovitz borrowed US$15.5 million, after having experienced financial challenges

Mostly self-employed.

She attended the San Francisco Art Institute.

2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication.

The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2009.

She is a portrait photographer.

In 1978 Leibovitz became the first woman to photograph Joan Armatrading for an album.

Leica S2 Camera

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

“The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”

“I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

While with Rolling Stone, Leibovitz developed her trademark technique, which involved the use of bold primary colors and surprising poses.

Leibovitz has three children. Her daughter Sarah Cameron Leibovitz was born in October 2001 when Leibovitz was 52 years old. Her twins (two girls), Susan and Samuelle, were born to a surrogate mother in May 2005.

Despite being raised in a Jewish home, Leibovitz no longer practices Judaism. When asked if being Jewish is important to her, Leibovitz replied, "I'm not a practicing Jew, but I feel very Jewish.”

Pictures She Has Taken

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