Photographer’s Skills Transfer to Backpack Journalism

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 June 2011 — Tara Kocourek made this film during my 2-5 June 2011 Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC. Tara’s background as still photographer is evident in this piece, a quiet examination of one artist’s quest for creative self. She used an HDSLR with separate recorder to ensure powerful images and professional sound. Her composition and understanding of light, even her movement as she searches the scene for symmetry and balance, make it clear that she is no newcomer to the craft of visual communication. Her skills as photographer transfer well to the methodology that we refer to as backpack video journalism. Tara also is Manager of Photographic Services at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. You can watch the piece on YouTube or on Vimeo.

(Photo Courtesy of Tara Kocourek.)