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|| News Item: Posted 2011-01-05

Jeff Bennett's Favorite Image of 2010
“I learned how important it is to make friends with the people you shoot.”

By JEFF BENNETT, Las Positas College

Editor's Note: For this issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter I asked students that are members of or had attended one of the Academy workshops to submit their favorite photo of 2010 and write a short piece about it. This image could be from a favorite assignment, show something they had learned or is something of a personal nature. The one requirement was, the image had to have special significance to them.

Photo by Jeff Bennett

Photo by Jeff Bennett

Actress Jessica Lafever, playing the part of Mimi Márquez, and actor Brian Danglash, playing the part of Roger Davis, share an intimate moment on stage during a dress rehearsal for the Las Positas production of Rent at Las Positas College on March 29, 201
Back in December of 2009 I was looking towards the spring semester at Las Positas and wanted to work on a long team photo story. A former member of the paper walked in and started studying songs from the movie “Rent.” When I asked him he said he was auditioning for the spring musical, “Rent,” I had found my project.

The plan going in was to shoot from the auditions in December to the final performance in May. I had no idea how big the project would become and how much I would learn and grow as a photographer.

After about a month or so of working on the project I expended the focus and started a second audio slideshow on the building of the set. From hanging out with the crew I learned how important it is to make friends with the people you shoot.

I shoot mostly sports action, so I wasn’t used to dealing with my subjects on such a close level for a long period of time. The first couple times I showed up to shoot the set being built they knew I was there and a couple were a bit standoffish. But as time went on and I showed up every week I basically became a part of the crew and they stopped noticing the camera and starting joking around with me.

Looking back on the whole experience I discovered the need to keep my eyes open for new ideas and to make friends with the people I shoot.

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