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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the Republic was at war again… no, I’m kidding. Although, it would make for a good (albeit recycled) story.

I digress.

Back in January, I said I wanted to add “Audio, Photography and Video skills” to my resume. Over 16 weeks, I learnt the difference between aperture and shutter speed; how to use natural sounds to carry a story; how to edit audio down to the tiniest possible fraction of a second; and more. The result: skillz (yes, with a ‘z’) have been added to my resume.

However, they go beyond being just marketable abilities. Being able to tell a story using more than the spoken word requires a lot more creativity and attention to detail. Telling a story using two or more elements needs a heightened sense of storytelling. The reporter has to decide which element (audio, visual, written word) will narrate the story in the most compelling manner. What sells a story is how it is told.

Did I learn how to tell a story? I learnt some of it. There is a lot to storytelling than just throwing together elements and facts and quotes. There is more to it than knowing what goes where and why. I have yet to learn that. Once I learn that, there will be more to learn. Storytelling is an art form that evolves with the storyteller. I will do well to remember that.

This post was about reflection. Here’s some of the work I have done this semester:

A short  video.

A TV-Style video.

A gallery of some of my favourite shots.

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Spring 2013 collection

These are pictures I have taken during the course of this semester. I believe these images are some of my best shots; they are all definitely my favourites. They have been taken with a Nikon D7000. Editing (on some) is limited to cropping and playing with the saturation and/or contrast levels.

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A Story in Pictures

She went on a walk like she did every evening before the sun set. The week had been rough so she decided to pamper herself a little. She had earned it.

Her first stop was Coldstone.

ImageShe picked the size she wanted. She had her icecream customized.

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A little down the road was a dress shop. Her lucky day – they had a 50 percent sale on everything.

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She thought she would have to settle. But then her eyes fell on the dress made for her.

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She walked out happier than she had been in a while. It was true: sometimes retail therapy is all a person needs to feel better.

She headed home.

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Someone had painted her door while she was gone. Landlords, she muttered to herself  darkly.

She stood for a moment, admiring the fresh paint job.

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It was the last sight she ever saw.

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Her blood was the only remaining trace left. Her body was never found.

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