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New job leads to less photography
Mark Buffalo, Photographer
Lonoke | AR | USA | Posted: 1:47 AM on 06.12.14
->> For the last 19 years, I've worked for the same weekly newspapers in Central Arkansas, First with a local family, then the last eight years with conglomerate Stephens Media. With cutbacks coming, I gave notice and will start a job as a page designer with the state paper in Little Rock. I know that my photo assignments will be nowhere what they once were as the sports editor and editor of the weekly papers.
Have any of you guys been faced with changes like this, especially in the newspaper industry and if so, what do you do to keep your photo skills sharp? I plan on doing some sports stuff with the local high schools I've covered in the past and do some writing work as well but football season doesn't start for three more months.
This is the first time I've posted on the board in a very long time ... I just trying to make sure I still keep my photo "eye" in shape, if that makes any sense. Thanks for any input.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 06.12.14
->> If you're working for the Democrat Gazette, then as a page designer you'll get a daily dose of looking at photos from other talented shooters and that helps.

Beyond that, I think you're on the right track. Shoot as often and as much as you are able, even if it is just for fun. I recommend trying to carry a small, easily portable camera with you (I keep a Fuji x100s with me but there are tons of options out there) as well. Try to take pictures every day, even if they're of nothing significant, and it will help keep your eye sharp.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 10:19 AM on 06.12.14
->> Mark, as somebody who has been a daily shooter and then on to page design using Quark then InDesign, and now back to a full time shooter, I can tell you that your time will be mostly consumed glued to a desk and hand to a mouse. When I was doing page design, my shooting time was extremely limited. In fact, I would guess you will have no photo assignments at the paper you're going to be at.

Page design has its advantages, such as when it's pouring down rain, you won't have to be out getting weather art while soaked to the bone. But there are so many details that need to be addressed as a paginator that it can be overwhelming at times. I think you will come to miss shooting.

When I was doing design, I used to go out and shoot on my days off. I would attend various events, try to shoot and enjoy myself at the same time. But it's not the same as that adrenalin rush you get at a breaking news event. I wish you the best of luck.
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Steven Bridges, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | United States | Posted: 1:37 AM on 06.20.14
->> Hey Mark - Just as staffers and any other shooters should, keep some kind of personal project going. It allows you to open yourself up, along with staying sharp. If you are ever over in photo, tell Barry I said hi. Best of luck!
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Mark Buffalo, Photographer
Lonoke | AR | USA | Posted: 10:33 AM on 06.20.14
->> Thanks for your insight. I'm finishing my first week with the Democrat-Gazette. It's been different for sure. But luckily, I still have my camera with me most of the time and luckily. I'll be shooting some baseball and all-star football next week. I'm really looking forward to it.
At least this way, I'm not putting as many miles on my gear as I was!!! But I appreciate everyone's comments. I know it will all come together. I think I needed the change because of all the cutbacks at my old papers.
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