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Behind The Scenes: Portrait Photography

Our high school students are exploring portrait photography as they learn new camera and production skills. Malcom Barton, a senior at Baltimore Career Academy, is a new Mentoring Video Project (MVP) student and chose our program because “it’s a good way to stay focused on something that is going to help [his] future.” Below, Malcom shares his behind the scenes perspective on portrait photography and about his experience in MVP so far:

If I had to choose a favorite part of MVP it would be when we took self-portraits. The pictures came out very well. Taking a self-portrait is cool and creative because you can make the portrait your own. You can choose from any angle, color scheme, or if you want a close up or full shot. It is your photo, and you get to see yourself in a new way.

Malcolm Barton, Jr. poses for a self-portrait assignment as part of a recent class. Malcolm chose to emphasize his love of sports when planning this photo. He and his peers also learned to us a light kit to make this dramatic image.

Malcolm Barton, Jr. poses for a self-portrait, a recent class assignment. Malcolm chose to emphasize his love of sports  learned to use a light kit to make this dramatic image.

We have also been doing a lot of writing and interview assignments to figure out what stories we want to tell in our videos this fall. Writing about your personal experiences, struggles, and accomplishments can be hard.  Some people have trouble speaking about the past, present and future. But, writing about what you’ve gone through can help you to get over your past and see a way to your future.

Our high school students learn how to operate boom mics and digital audio recorders during an interview exercise.

Our high school students learn how to operate boom mics and digital audio recorders during an interview exercise.

Putting my story down on paper and knowing where I come from has been a healing process for me. MVP has been great because I have the opportunity to write and talk about things that I haven’t been able to share before. I can help people who are stressed out about life, family, and school by sharing stories from my own life about what I have overcome.

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