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Gersh Photo

Lighting – Keep it simple

We’re all familiar with the saying K.I.S.S., Keep It Simple Stupid. Sometimes that the best advice we can follow. I’ve been known to get carried away with lighting setups. I’ve used as many as eight speedlights in repeating flash mode to create some of my sports portraits. However, often times the simple setup can yield just as nice of results. Case in point, I was tasked with photographing a tennis doubles team that was dominating the conference. I had a short […]

Beth Blunt

Covering the opioid epidemic

I’ve talked about covering hard stories. Usually, it’s breaking news like a shooting or car crash, or something like a funeral or memorial service. Over the years, you become calloused to these things. You have to in order to maintain composure and tell the story. Those things are in the moment. Coverage is reactive. But sometimes you’re covering the aftermath of something tragic. In those instances, you have time to think and relate to your story. Recently, I had to […]

Erin crossing the canal

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I don’t get to vacation often. When I do, I tend to prioritize doing and minimize resting. You know, making the most of it. In mid April, my wife and loaded up the Subaru and headed east. All the way east. Well, New Jersey. About 14 hours of driving through the night. (Side note: We were kept awake the whole way by listening to Rainn Wilson’s strange life story in his book, “The Bassoon King.”) Why New Jersey? We were […]

Mass Incarceration

As a staff photojournalist at a newspaper, you get used to covering the same things year after year. It is our mission to do our best to find something unique. I work on Sundays which means I cover all of the church services. It is par for the course around here to go to a couple services on Easter. Just like at any other assignment, I try to look for moments and light to make a different picture. Here are a frames […]

Austin Ramos Jr. vigil

A winter full of spot news

In my experience, the cold months are usually slow when it comes to spot news. Sure, you have accidents due to snow and ice, as well as a house fire or two. But overall, spot news is usually down. That has not been my experience during the last four months or so. I can’t count how many times I’ve been called out of bed in the morning or told to leave an assignment to get to breaking news these last […]