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The final project for this course required me to find an event or environment that was interesting and conducive to photography and story telling. To fulfill the requirements of the assignment, I had to take 15 to 20 good photographs of the environment, which not only showcased the space, but told a story, and obtain a minute and a half to two minutes of audio describing what was in my photographs. After collecting these aspects of the project, I would have to put them all together in an MP4 video format.
For this assignment I elected to cover a restaurant as I am a nutrition and food science minor and I felt as if it was an appropriate topic. It also lent itself to being visually interesting and had audio that I could easily obtain.
A family friend of mine mentioned that she knew the owners of a restaurant by the name of Yardbird and could get me access to the back kitchen and an interview with the owner.
When I arrived at Yardbird, I immediately began taking pictures of the restaurant itself where people were eating. They had a ton of decorations and interesting things to capture. When I first arrived I had to set the settings of my camera to appropriately capture the room given the lighting that was available. After doing this, taking the pictures went relatively quickly. I tried to capture both the areas where guest sit and take notice of when they come into the restaurant, but also the artier aspects that those dining may not notice.
After I took as many pictures as I felt I needed, I began to look for individuals to interview and get sound bites from. I began with Ryleigh Gorham who was working at the reception desk. I explained to her what my assignment was and asked if I could ask her a few questions, to which she agreed.
After interviewing her, she introduced me to some of the other individuals who work there and the owner, who knew I was coming. After interviewing each of them, I took their photograph. They also gave me access to the kitchen to take a few photos as well.
Overall, collecting the photos and the audio was fun! It was cool to be able to go into an environment that I normally wouldn’t be allowed in, the kitchen. As I left I felt confident in the photos I had taken.
When I arrived to class on Thursday, I began to put my project together. This proved to be more of a challenge than collecting the pictures and audio was. I first uploaded my photos and chose those I felt best represented the restaurant. After doing this, I began to edit all of the photos, and then proceeded to write the captions. Once I finished this, I began to edit my audio.
I had never before worked with audio and found there to be a slight learning curve in figuring out how to edit it. However, once I figured out how to do so, the process went rather quickly. I learned however, that I need to start recording about five seconds before I ask the person I am interviewing the question so that none of what they are saying is cut off.
After editing the audio, I was able to pull the whole project together. When I completed it, I was incredibly proud of myself. I had never worked on anything remotely close to this project before so everything was new to me and I was very pleased with how it turned out.