Jay McCabe
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Student Union
Jay McCabe Dec 24, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
Rebecca is a senior at ASU and will graduate in December with a degree in technical photography. She came to the university intending to study graphic design, but when she couldn’t get into that program she switched to photography. It was a good move, as her interest in and love of photography grew from her first class, and today she cannot imagine doing anything else.
Student Union
Jay McCabe Dec 03, 2013 Published: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
Early this year I received an e-mail from Cheryl Zibisky, adjunct professor in technical photography at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She wrote to recommend a student for our Student Union column. Cheryl’s name was familiar, and a quick search of the hard drive revealed why: she was our Student Union subject in the October, 2001, issue.
Student Union
Jay McCabe Apr 26, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 0 comments
Joseph L. Koch
We liked Joseph’s work right away, but when we found out that he took these photos in his kitchen, we were even more impressed. “The school has a full studio,” Joseph says, “but there are 2000 students, and booking studio time when I work full-time is difficult.” A home studio setup for product-related assignments turned out to be an ideal solution.

Joseph’s job is in retail, and upon graduation this March he’ll be working toward an art director position with a major corporation, a position that he feels will allow him to showcase his photo talents and creative eye. “The fascination is to come up with a concept and then implement it, to express an idea in powerful imagery.”

Pro Techniques
Jay McCabe Mar 15, 2013 Published: Feb 01, 2013 1 comments
Bill Pekala, head of Nikon Professional Services, came to the US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, last August to run the NPS operation at the matches. Sports events can be the ultimate proving ground for camera gear, and one of NPS’s primary roles is providing their member professional photographers with the assurance of dedicated on-site support.
Student Union
Jay McCabe Feb 07, 2013 Published: Jan 01, 2013 0 comments
George F. Pearson
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

George is a fine art major at FIU, taking advanced photography courses. He learned darkroom skills in a college-level photo course he took while still in high school, and today is most likely to be carrying the Mamiya RZ67 he got when he was 16.

His strongest influences are Garry Winogrand, Russell Lee, and William Eggleston. “Winogrand said that you’re basically putting four corners on a couple of facts [and] Eggleston’s work showed me a new way of looking at things,” George says. “I learned that everything can be photographed.”

Student Union
Jay McCabe Oct 29, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 5 comments
When we spoke with Nathan he was less than a year out of high school and about to conclude the first year of the academy’s two-year program, where his photo class assignments are often more than classwork. “Most of them are practice for me; they get my ideas going, and I go out and do my own shots,” he says. Several of the photos here resulted from that kind of inspiration. The smoking man is Nathan’s grandfather, who also appears in the staged behind-bars image—proving once again the value of a cooperative relative.

A photo history course introduced Nathan to some of the classic black-and-white images, and their compositional strength was a major influence on his work. “I think black and white makes a stronger statement than color,” Nathan says, “and I think that all my really strong compositions will be in black and white.” Still, because he shoots Raw files with his camera set for black and white, the Raw file is preserving the scene’s color so he can compare the results after the capture.

Student Union
Jay McCabe Jun 29, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 34 comments
Tyler MacDonald
Lely High School
Naples, Florida

Drive

Two things were evident from our first look at Tyler’s photos: he’s got talent, and he’s got access. “My family is always outdoors,” he says. “We have a camper, and we go all around Florida.” Couple that with picking up a camera when he was 11 and you get an archive of images that includes “just about every species of animal native to Florida.” Tyler sells prints of his images at art shows and through his website, and he’s received several awards for his work.

Student Union
Jay McCabe Mar 30, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 92 comments
Steven Spoto
Seffner Christian Academy
Seffner, Florida

Set Pieces

Although Seffner doesn’t offer formal photography classes, Steven, who is a senior at the school, added to his self-taught skills by joining the school’s photo club, which his father, Joe, instructs. “But what got me started in photography,” Steven says, “was the photography merit badge in Boy Scouts, which my dad also teaches.”

Steven’s been on the school’s yearbook staff for two years as a photographer and editor, and he’s won several first prizes in the Florida State Fair youth photography competition.

The documentary style and strong compositions that mark his black-and-white, toned, and muted-color photos attracted our attention. Steven says he’s definitely drawn to the carefully arranged, carefully thought-out image. “When I was first getting into photography…I saw the work of Ansel Adams, and he did a very good job of making sure that everything in his pictures was exactly the way he wanted it. I always thought that’s the kind of thing I want to try to imitate.

Student Union
Jay McCabe Nov 28, 2011 Published: Oct 01, 2011 6 comments
Billy Wrobel
Tufts University
School Of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Alumnus
Billy was featured in the Student Union column in the June, 2003, issue, when he was a junior at Fallston High School in Fallston, Maryland. At that time he said that although his career goal was medical research and biochemistry, he was sure that photography would always be a part of his life.

Publication in the column was an inspiration. “To someone who’s 16 years old, to get published in something that people around the country can see, that’s a pretty significant thing,” he says.

After high school Billy studied chemistry at Boston College, then went on to medical school at Tufts. Upon graduation in May, 2012, he will be Dr. William Wrobel, practicing diagnostic radiology.

Fast Frames
Jay McCabe Sep 28, 2011 1 comments

In July Jody Dole and his sons Sam and Brandon spent three days immersed in photography's past at John Coffer's Camp Tintype in upstate New York where wetplate photography rules and fans gather to learn techniques, exchange information, show their work and talk about what they've invented, modified or improved. Digital cameras are allowed, and Jody used his to document the experience; that's Brandon in the photo above. "We started as witnesses and became creators," Jody says of the workshop.

John Coffer lives a 19th-century life on a working farm where light comes from oil lamps and heat from fireplaces; there's no running water and the only electricity is generated by a horse on a treadmill.
"People attending the workshop generally camp out," Jody says, "but Sam, Brandon and I stayed at a nearby B&B."

Everything you need to know is at www.johncoffer.com.