For this assignment, I was tasked with creating a news story that incorporates both visual and audio elements. Then, I compiled my audio and photos into a slideshow presentation using the soundslides program.
I have mixed feelings on working alone versus working with a partner. On the one hand, my partner and I were able to divide the workload between us, so the project wasn’t as time consuming. Also, it helps sometimes to have the creative input of another individual. But on the other hand, I had complete control over the entire project. When Zach and I worked together, I focused on the photographs and he worked with the audio. This made it difficult for our the two parts to sync up. But when I worked alone, I could think about what sort of photos best suited my audio track and vice versa.
The most difficult aspect of the project was the photography. I shot all of my photos at the indoor facility. Unfortunately, the lighting was quite dim at times making it hard to stop the action of people playing soccer. As a result, I did not provide myself with enough photos for the project. Even with adequate light, sports photography isn’t an easy undertaking as you have to be able to anticipate the action.
I also regret my decision to focus on the adult portion of the soccer club and not the youth side. Initially, I figured the adults would provide me with enough material, but that wasn’t the case. Also, I think it would have been easier to photograph kids playing soccer instead of adults.
In addition to a lack of focus on the youth side, I should have captured a female perspective as well. After my project was complete, I realized that all of my subjects were men which is not representative of the entire soccer club.