First, I had to learn about teaching a partner. In my first year as a 6th grader, my partner was B en Brady, and he taught me how to do things for the next year. He did a good job for his first time actually teaching someone, and I got a lot out of him. The second year was my first time teaching a partner, and my partner was Tristen Otsubo. We didn't get a long very well that year, mainly because he wouldn't listen to me when I was teaching him stuff, and then complained that I never taught him anything when I ask him to do work. That brings us to this year, and my partner now is Dylan, who you all know. Dylan is a great partner, he listens to me, he does work when I ask him to, and we get a laugh out of each other every now an again. So I think that over the years, I've learned to listen to people, and be prepared to take someone under my wing when I need to.
Next, I had to practice with doing interviews. Some people think interviews are just pointing a camera at someone and filming. And that's what I thought when I first started. But I learned that that's not it at all. There is a whole lot that I had to learn, and am still practicing today. Things like rule of thirds, lighting, audio, backgrounds, mic cable, glasses, and much more. I recently made the mistake is my last news story with lighting, and how I forgot to change the lighting settings, so I ended up getting this weird blue tint in some shots. Live and learn I guess.
Lastly, I had to practice editing over the years. When I first started, I knew very little about editing. I really only knew how to click and drag clips together. But, editing over and over again, I've learned a lot, and grew a passion for it. That is why I want to continue editing into and out of college. I've learned how to match audio, transitions, adding text, green screen effects, animation, and a lot more. Currently, I am experimenting with color matching and balancing to give clips a bit more "pop" in color.
In conclusion, I've had to practice in media a lot over the span of 3 years. I've practiced teaching people, filing interviews, editing, and a lot more useful tricks. I am looking forward to see how you guys did at your first STN practice because sadly, I am not going. Anyways, see you guys later!