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Gridiron 2014: How the shots were made

High school football season is upon us once again. While that means we get busier on Friday nights, it also means that another┬áRockford Register Star Gridiron season preview section is in the books. Last year, we played with fire and light. This year, we took things to new depths (pardon the pun). Since the beginning of 2014, the photo staff and sports staff has been collaborating on what to do for this year’s Gridiron section. We had an excellent idea. […]

A return to Fight College

Every now and then, I have an assignment at a place with absolutely gorgeous light. That is the case with Fight College, a boxing gym in Rockford. I first wen to the gym in April of 2013 shortly after they opened and I immediately noticed the light. Everything is in one big rectangular room. One of the short walls is completely windows. Most of the other walls are painted black. There are also a few sections of mirrors. I found […]

Favorites of 2012

It’s that time again. Time to look back on a years worth of work to find the best of the best. It’s easier said than done. Last year, I mentioned that photographers can get attached to an image because of the back story. Some images might be technologically challenging to make. Others might have required hours of anticipation and preparation. When it comes to a contest, the back story doesn’t matter. The final image is all that counts. This year, […]

Concerts

I appreciate music as much as the next guy. But I prefer to appreciate it through a nice pair of headphones than going to a concert. I’ve always been that way. I enjoy the studio-perfected sound rather than hearing the drunk girl next to me try to sing along. Maybe that disdain for live music carried over into my professional life because I’m not a big fan of photographing concerts either. To me, it’s just another assignment that I have […]

Active shooter training

As I’ve said many times before, some assignments in the life of a photojournalist can be really boring. REALLY boring. But the worst of the worst are worth it for the best. I walked into work one August morning and checked my assignment bin. I did a double take when I read that I was going to a local high school to watch different police organizations do active shooter training. First, I didn’t really know what this meant. Second, police […]