Category Archives: Portrait

What is a picture worth?

If you’re homeless what is the value of a picture to you? A photograph doesn’t put food in one’s belly, clothes on one’s back or a roof overhead. If your family photos were lost in a disaster like a flood or a fire, what kind of price would pay to get those pictures back? At […]

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Room of requirement

In J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter series of books the room of requirement is a chamber that magically presents itself to those in need at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It changes with the needs of the user. For example, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it becomes a […]

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It’s Hammer-time!

I had an assignment to shoot a portrait of Edison High School varsity wide receiver Romon Bridges during practice, but when I arrived at the school, reporter Steve Roberson, who got there ahead of me, said that Bridges wasn’t there. Roberson, who was interviewing another player at the time, said just to ask head coach […]

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Portraits or action

> The high school football season is upon us, and I’ve been shooting photos of some individual players for the upcoming previews of the season. I’ve alternated shooting action shots of some of them and portraits of others. The action photos show what the athletes can do. Their ablilties and athleticsm, their strength and speed, […]

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Scouting report

There are times when I see a scene that would make a nice picture but don’t have a real reason to take one. It could also be that an element, say a person, is missing from the composition and I don’t have time to stay and wait for the perfect moment. I might take a […]

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Word of mouth

Although I was committed to stay as long as it took to finish, I wasn’t sure how long the Help-Portrait event would all take. It was, after all, the very first time I had tried to organize anything like it. Stockton Shelter for the Homeless volunteer coordinator Katie Visser told me that there were 34 […]

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Letting go

Clifford Oto takes a picture at the Help-Portrait event at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (Camera: Canon EOS 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200. Photo by Claire Oto). Marisol Manzo with daughter Mylee Tillery, 3, at the Family Shelter (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. […]

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Why we take pictures

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55m @ 44mm. Exposure: 1/80 sec. @ f/2.8 w/flash. ISO: 100) At the Help-Portrait event a young woman helped bring home to me why we were there. Selena Fields stepped up before my camera, quiet, shy, unassuming. She seemed like someone that you wouldn’t notice if you passed them on […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

I’ve always thought the contributions that photojournalists make to their communities is intangible. It’s in the nature of the business of a daily news photographer to shoot pictures and then move on to the next story. We inform, sometimes entertain, and, we hope, move our readers to act. But rarely is there an opportunity to […]

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With the coming of football season, I’m not just shooting sports action, but sports portraits as well. When I’m given an assignment to shoot and athlete of any sport, it’s usually because their achievements or abilities make them stand out from the pack.   Zach Devaney is a tight end and linebacker for Argonaut High […]

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