I finally got to do one of the things I looked forward to the most during this internship. I got the opportunity to shadow a reporter out in the field. Jen Lewis and Craig Marble were gracious enough to allow me to accompany them on a trip to Chesapeake Regional to talk with Dr. Parker MD about the flu epidemic that has made a huge invasion in our area.
Upon arrival Craig Marble showed me and another intern how to set up before a shoot. We had a quick lesson on lighting and learning how to appropriately assess any environment. Afterwards Jen Lewis “prep” Dr. Parker before rolling to ensure his comfort. I learned that your immune system is essentially the only thing that can relieve you of the flu. Dr. Parker said that the same way of preventing the flu is the same way of getting rid of it. Getting plenty rest, drinking fluids and no smoking.
During this shoot I learned that the reporter job isn’t just to tell a story effectively but to connect and be able to read people. 50% of the job is being able to read an individuals and having the ability to be empathic. As a reporter it is very important to be inspired and actually care about the topic you are immersing yourself into. Shadowing Craig Marble gave me insight into a photographers mind and allowed to gain some of what would be known as a photographers eye. Shots I would have never thought about and cut aways I would have never capture Craig did and it was inspiring to recognize such an eye. Attending this shoot with them I was able to start developing some of the creative techniques that paramount for a job in photography. I look forward to helping with the editing of this interview.
Until next time -D’Andre Henderson