My name is Dan and I’m a sophomore communication major at Cabrini College. Throughout the semester, I’ll be writing posts for the blog on Photo For Social Change.
Coming into the start of the semester, I have some high expectations for this class. I want to do big things every Thursday.
Personally, there are a couple of things I would like to get out of this class. Some skills I would like to further are my social media, public relations and storytelling skills. I would really love to initiate my public relation skills in this class, since I have a very limited background of the topic. I would also like to open up my eyes to be able to photograph more artistically. Sometimes I see every photo as it has its rules: can’t be noisy, can’t be overexposed, etc. I would like to be able to change things up a bit and be more creative. The last thing I would like to get out of this class is public speaking. I think being more outgoing and the ability to speak fluently about the project and our goals would help me a lot as I tend to be a more shy and reserved guy.
On the other hand, I can contribute some key elements into the project as well. As far as social media goes, I can effectively integrate media with social media to boost relations with our audience, but also expand that audience to more people. I can also contribute the technical elements of photography. Like I said earlier, sometimes I can be a bit “nit-picky,” but at first when we are teaching the students from YES, I can see that being a benefit. Most of them will primarily have no prior photographic experience, so in order to teach them the fundamentals; you need to be precise and exact, which I can really help with.
In the long run, I would love to see this class go on many more semesters (hopefully even past my time here at Cabrini) because the things they can learn from us, but also the things we can learn from them are beyond amazing.
I hope you readers stick with the project and follow our progress throughout the semester because it would mean a lot to us (students in the class) but it would mean even more to the gang from YES and Project HOME.
Until Next Time,