Assignment 7: Events – Brett Daniel

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Hundreds of people flocked to East Main Street in downtown Statesboro, Georgia for the annual Spring Into Statesboro festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event began at 9 a.m. and showcased live music, a miniature petting zoo with three alpacas, and vendors selling children’s consignments, jewelry, monogrammed bags, locally produced honey, and other items. (MMJ Photo/Brett Daniel)

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Fourteen-year-old Daniel Durden plays the bass riff to “Can’t Stop” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers on the steps of the Statesboro City Hall at the Spring Into Statesboro festival on Saturday, April 21. Durden and his band Mothership covered several rock songs, including “Come Together” by The Beatles and “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones. Durden said it felt good to make people smile with his music and added that he rarely gets nervous on stage. (MMJ Photo/Brett Daniel)

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Abigail Mansfield, 3, has her face painted by Waverly Sweat, 20, at the Spring Into Statesboro festival on East Main Street in downtown Statesboro on Saturday, April 21. Mansfield’s mother, Ashton, said Abigail’s favorite color is pink and that she’s ready to start school for the first time. (MMJ Photo/Brett Daniel)

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Karen Naufel, 35, and daughter Coraline, 3, feed alpacas Lightning and Aladdin at the Spring Into Statesboro festival on East Main Street in downtown Statesboro, Georgia on April 21, 2018. Coraline, whose mother brings her to Spring Into Statesboro every year, said the alpacas were silly. (MMJ Photo/Brett Daniel)



The annual Spring Into Statesboro festival came to a close at 1 p.m. In conjunction with the Farmers Market, which took place at the same time as the festival, hundreds of locals undoubtedly enjoyed a Saturday of food, family, fellowship and fun. (MMJ Photo/Brett Daniel)



A7: Events – Dana Lark

Act One: Opener


Children flock to the makeshift art canvases strung in rows at Sweetheart Circle during the 36th annual ArtsFest on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Attendees use their skills to create their own masterpieces as the importance of art and play are reinforced during the colorful event. —Photo by Dana Lark. 

Act Two: Body


Three-year-old Emmerie Starling reaches up bravely to touch the snake at ArtsFest on Saturday. The albino Columbia red-tailed boa is the main attraction at the Georgia Southern Wildlife Center art stop during the festival in Sweetheart Circle. —Photo by Dana Lark.


Seven dancers pass the time by digging holes in the dirt at Sweetheart Circle before their moment in the spotlight at ArtsFest on Saturday. The ArtsFest community stage is a platform for local performers and dancers to share their passion and hard work on a large scale. —Photo by Dana Lark. 

Act 3: Closing


Local art vendors, food vendors, and businesses line the grass under the shade of trees in Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University on Saturday. ArtsFest is a celebration of art and an emblem of community and university collaboration. —Photo by Dana Lark. 

Plus One: Key Shot


Six-month-old Parker Evans finds a relaxing spot in the shade with her mother to escape at ArtsFest on Saturday. The soft bed of grass in Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University makes for perfect lounging. —Photo by Dana Lark. 

Assignment 7: News Events — Jennifer Ochsenknecht

Katilin Stoler (19), laughs with Molly Smith (20), as they serve pancakes at Phi Mu Fraternity’s annual House of Pancakes. All proceeds from the House of Pancakes, are donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Sam Evans (19), adds syrup to his pancakes at Phi Mu Fraternity’s annual House of Pancakes. All proceeds from the House of Pancakes, are donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Coleman Rozier (19), serves Ian Herdon (21) whip cream on his pancakes, at Phi Mu Fraternity’s annual House of Pancakes. All proceeds from the House of Pancakes, are donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Molly Smith (20), serves a piece of bacon to a long line of people at Phi Mu Fraternity’s annual House of Pancakes. All proceeds from the House of Pancakes, are donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Final exam on Monday, 4/30 at 5:30 p.m.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about the final exam.

First, sometimes there is some confusion about the time. Sometimes students look on the exam schedule and mistake Monday class exams for classes that meet once per week in the evenings. Our final exam is at the regular class time. Here is a link to the exam schedule. Scroll to the bottom for the correct time:

SPRING 2018 Final Exam Schedule

If you find there is a conflict with another class’ final exam, please let me know right away.

The exam will cover material from the second half of the semester.  Like our midterm, it is an open note exam. To help you narrow down your focus, here is a link to a study sheet for you:

2018 MMJ3333 Final exam study sheet

NOTE: We covered the lesson on Portraits on the class before Spring Break, but it was not included on the midterm. Also note that, in the class presentation, I included a little bit of material form the first half of the semester. I had forgotten about our lesson about light, so your study sheet drops that material from the first half and includes the lesson on light. Go by the study sheet for the material you need for the final exam.


I would suggest you start reading over the handouts NOW to re-familiarize yourself with the material so you aren’t desperately looking for answers during the exam period. These are the links to the handouts you will need for the exam:


Let There Be Light

Interesting photographs: Forget good. Make your photos interesting!

Feature Photography

Covering the News

Remember, as you scan your handouts, look for type in boldface or italics. It is a clue that these are concepts I want you to remember and are likely to be included on the final exam.

Read the study sheet and plan to have it by your side as you take the exam, along with the handouts. I give you some answers, straight up, on the study sheet. Sometimes, I ask questions. If you can answer those questions ahead of time, this exam should be a breeze for you.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Portfolios due 4/23

Class on April 23 will be dedicated to submitting your portfolio. Your final shooing assignment, Events/Visual Narratives, is due on the website by 5:30, before class, as usual.

Your Portfolios will be due by the end of the class period at 8:15 so you can get feedback from me and your classmates before your final submission on the website.

Portfolio requirements

  • Submit your ten (10) best single photographs that best represent what you’ve learned this semester.
  • Submit your photos in a SINGLE post. Post them inline by choosing the “individual image” option, NOT various galleries (tiled mosaic, thumbnail grid, slideshow, etc!!!)
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a full AP Style caption!
  • Don’t forget to put your full name in the title of the post.
  • Select images from assignments 3-7 (no mugshots or depth-of-field pics, please). You may also include any photos from assignments you’ve chosen to reshoot, or photos that you’ve shot for extra credit that demonstrate your understanding of the class material

Portfolio grading criteria

Your portfolio grade will count towards 20% of your final grade.

The following will be considered for each individual image:

  • Technical competence: Focus, image sharpness, correct exposure, correct color balance. This is basic. Is your picture even publishable by minimum professional standards?
  • Graphic appeal: Light, composition, perspective. Did you carefully craft your photograph? Did you build a visual “stage” to help tell your story, or did you just “snap” a picture?
  • Emotional appeal: Storytelling moments, expressions, gestures, body language, mood, atmosphere. This is where we set the bar! Did you try to help us connect with your subjects and tell their stories, or did you just shoot simple “doing” pictures?
  • Intimacy: Did you gain access that the typical person doesn’t have? Did you generate trust with your subject, maybe go behind the scenes? Or did you just shoot what everybody else could shoot with their phones? Effort to go beyond the obvious and expected will be noted.
  • AP Style captions!!! This is a necessary professional standard. Re-read the handout and make sure you have all the necessary information. Without captions, it’s just photography, not photojournalism.

Beyond the above criteria, I will also consider how well you demonstrate your understanding of the class material, as well as improvement, progress and effort.

Editing your portfolio.

Don’t wait until April 23! I suggest you start assembling your work from the semester in one place, such as a folder labeled “portfolio” on the jump drive or external hard drive you’ve used for this class. Do this NOW!

Each assignment required multiple photographs for credit, so you should have plenty of material. You won’t have to include every photo you’ve shot: ten individual shots – no more, no less.

Only submit those photos that represent your very best work. Your portfolio will only be as strong as your weakest photo, so be selective. Don’t simply re-submit pictures from your previous assignments if they were lacking. Crop them if they needed to be cropped. Make sure they are correctly toned. And re-write your caption in AP Style if your initial caption was insufficient.

Use some of the tools (handouts) that I’ve given you this semester to help you with the selection process and to help prepare your images for final submission:

Use the class period to get some feedback about which pictures to include. I am happy to fulfill that role – let me be your editor!

However, I encourage you to get feedback from your fellow students, as well. In fact, do that first before you call me over.

Put a little effort into your portfolio presentation. This is your last chance to make an impression.

Follow up from class (4/16): What’s due, final thoughts

Here is a link to the PDF version (with presenter’s notes, as usual) of Monday’s presentation.

In case you missed class, we went over expectations for the rest of the semester (last shooting assignment, portfolio, final exam) and I presented some final thoughts about what, hopefully, we’ve learned.

Presentation: Final thoughts

More posts about your portfolio and the final exam coming soon.

Suggestions for events to cover for assignment 7 …

The following are some suggestions for upcoming events you can cover for your assignment. I included links to websites and press releases so you can get some ideas about how to cover them. I also linked to Google Maps for locations if you’re not sure where some of these places are. Some of the events are recurring, so you might have a chance to cover them next week if you miss out this week. Make sure you check the dates and times.

If you have any other ideas, please share them and check with me before you cover something not on this list. I want to make sure you cover something that has plenty of potential for visual storytelling. Try to avoid things like lectures, panel discussions, or conferences, unless you can convince me there is a significant visual element to them.

Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market

When: Saturday, April 14 and 21, 9 a.m. – Noon.

Where: Downtown Statesboro, Charlie Olliff Square at the Sea Island Bank parking lot

What: Local farmers and artists provide their products and wares to local residents. Product/service booths, entertainment, activities, etc.

Advice: Get there early to find parking. And don’t be late. Participants start packing up and leaving at Noon. There should be plenty of opportunity to produce a 4-picture package to represent this event. Again, avoid the trite types of photographs produced by cute kids pictures. Family is a big theme here, but see if you can explore the types of family themes produced by vendors. Farms and artistic pursuits can be family endeavors, too! How do they relate to the public?


Children’s Vegetable Garden

When: Tuesday, April 10 and 17, from 4-5 p.m.

Where: The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University

What: Garden staff lead the way as K–5th graders learn about planting, growing, and tasting vegetables, in addition to learning about the ecosystem of the garden.

Advice: There is tons of interaction and opportunities for visual storytelling in a very photogenic location. Yes, there will be cute kid shots, but parents, staff, and students all get involved.


Hoops with Heroes

When: Thursday, April 12 from 3:45-6:45 p.m.

Where: William James Middle School gym,  (US-80, Statesboro, GA 30458)

What: Local law enforcement agencies build positive relationships with area youth by playing basketball and hosting other relationship-building activities.

Advice: There will be lots of people playing basketball, but this is not primarily a sports story. It is a community relations effort. Basketball is just the pretext for the effort. There should be lots of opportunities to photograph how those relationships are built over the course of the event.




When: Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Sweetheart Circle

What: A complete celebration of the arts with performances, vendors, and tons of activities for people of every age.

Advice: Again, there will be lots of kids’ activities, but avoid the cute kids doing stuff photos. There are tons of things to shoot.


Annual Blue/White Spring Football Game

When: Saturday, April 14. The game starts at 1 p.m., but there are lots of activities surrounding the game: Youth punt, pass, and kick contest at 9:30 a.m.  There is an autograph session following the game.

Where: Allen E. Paulson Stadium

What: Spring football with plenty of related activities. Southern Pride marching band. Cheerleaders. GUS. Tailgating. Kids activities.

Advice: Cover the culture surrounding the game, not the game itself. Don’t bother including a bad sports action shot from the stands in your packages. There are too many other stories to tell at this event.


2018 Mr. Georgia Southern University Scholarship Pageant

When: Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Russell Union Ballroom

What: Contestants will compete in the following categories: On- Stage Question, Formal Wear, Spirit Wear, Talent, and Swimsuit. It’s a beauty pageant – with guys!

Advice: This could be really interesting, but don’t bother doing this unless you can get some backstage access. You’ll probably need to contact the organizers. Photos of behind-the-scenes action will give us a unique perspective.


Archery Date Night

When: Friday, April 20 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Georgia Southern Shooting Sports Education Center

What: A beginning archery program – with a twist!

Advice: Could be a really fun event to cover. You can help teach others something about archery, and you can try to capture some aspects of the relationships between couples. Might be worth a shot!


Spring into Statesboro/Great American Clean-up

When: Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Downtown Statesboro/East Main Street

What: It’s a Spring festival featuring crafts, games, kids activities, food vendors, live entertainment, etc. Public space cleanup, beautification and recycling is another theme. Teams of volunteers will scour Statesboro and clean up the streets at 9 a.m.

Advice: Be there early if you want to capture photos of the clean-up. It’s a big family event. Focus on family interaction, not pictures of cute kids doing stuff.



Statesboro Kiwanis Rodeo 

When: Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21 – Gates open at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds

What: Cowboys and cowgirls bring their bronc-busting, bull riding, and barrel racing prowess to the Boro. Vendors offer all sorts of Western food and merchandise.

Advice: First, if you are interested in photographing the rodeo, let me know and I will try to pull some strings to get you in. The action in the ring is obvious – but a word of warning – the lights are very poor once the sun goes down. Get there early and shoot lots of the culture surrounding the rodeo. Get behind the scenes and capture some of the preparation and camaraderie between the rodeo athletes and staff.


The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern Children’s Festival

When: Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:  The Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University

What: The Botanic Garden will be hosting a Children’s Festival, featuring learning stations, music, entertainment, etc.

Advice: This is definitely a last-minute event, as your assignment is due the next day. Still, this is a nice event to cover. This is a family event, so look for family interaction, not just pictures of cute kids doing stuff. Show us what they are actually learning about – ecology, botany, etc. Should be some entertainment there, as well.


Additionally, the Leadership & Community Engagement program at Georgia Southern offers a lot of daily volunteer trips for students. Many could make a really nice picture package.

Serve912 Trip Schedule:
Mondays: 3pm-5:15pm – Statesboro Library
Tuesdays: 2pm-4pm – Westwood Nursing Home, 3:30pm-5:30pm – After School Program & After School Garden Program @ Mill Creek
Wednesdays: 9am-11am – CSM Thrift Store & Food Pantry, 11:15am-1:15pm – Statesboro Food Bank, & After School Garden Program @ Sallie Z.
Thursdays: 3:30pm-5:30pm – After School Program & After School Garden Program @ Julia P. Bryant Elementary School
Fridays: 10:15am-12:30pm – Food Bank, 1pm-4pm – Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2pm – 4pm – Heritage Inn
Saturdays: 8:45am-12pm – Habitat for Humanity Construction, 10:45am-1pm – Soup Kitchen

You’ll probably need to contact someone to make arrangements for coverage. Start with or stop by Russell Union 1056 for more info. Or maybe you can try one of the Community Liaisons.