2015/06/27

Fabric Assignment Wraps Up the Week



Fabric Assignment from the Product Lighting class by Randolph Community College photography students.

2015/06/18

Product Lighting Class Goes Outside

Product images of a water bottle, a watch, A splashing cup of coffee and a puppy getting some food to eat.

This years Product Lighting class for first year students shows some what you can do by modifying available light when working outside of the studio.

2015/06/12

Alumni photograph chosen as National Geographic Photo of the Day



                                      Photo by Dan Whittaker, class of 2014

Dan, a photojournalism major, photographed the Milky Way arcing above an abandoned farm outside the former railroad town of Bartlett, Texas. 

To see more of Dan's work:
http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/938222/

2015/06/08

Photo of the Week


Small Format Photography - Eyes. Photo by Shawna Young

First year photography students had their first weekly themed assignment for the summer's Small Format Photography class. The class focuses on photographing strangers and this week, students had to find a stranger, compose and light an image that featured the subject's eyes. Shawna found Albert Winslow in Winston-Salem.

2015/06/03

Alumni Profile - Raymond McCrea Jones


                                                                     Photo by Raymond McCrea Jones

Raymond McCrea Jones, a small town kid from Kansas has made a photo career working for some of the biggest and most respected publications in the world.  Jones still tells people, “what I learned at Randolph Community College formed the foundation for everything that I still do today.” He left RCC with a toolkit consisting of knowledge of color theory, color printing, film processes and chemicals, studio lights, and portrait techniques.  He utilizes these skills while working currently as a photographer and filmmaker represented by Redux Pictures and The Lisa Ekus Group based out of Atlanta, GA.
Jones took his first internship at the High Point Enterprise, a small publication where Jones gained experience within his creative outlet. At the Enterprise, Jones was guided by ways of “old school” photography; he insists were crucial to his development. Jones continued his pursuit of photojournalism by taking an internship and ultimately a staff job at the NY Times.  “I am proud that I worked so hard for so many years and that I had made it to the top without sacrificing who I was or what I wanted to do”, Jones stated. He transitioned from the NY Times to working for CNN one of the largest television news companies.
Jones has never been a stranger to the hard work that it takes to bring his vision across through photography. His first book, “Out of Step, Faces of Straight Edge”, was published in 2007 and took Jones over two years of planning, calling, favors, traveling, and documenting to complete his project. Jones’s next book “Birth of a Warrior” is his ten-week study of the breakdown of character and the transformation of 162 young soldier recruits going through basic training at Fort Benning, GA.  “Birth of a “Warrior” is due to be published in October, 2015.
Jones’s advice for current students at RCC is to: “Never stop creating. Work harder than you ever have before, and take advantage of the resources you have at internships.” Photography to Jones has never been about the pay, it is for the love of the craft and the essence of the medium in which he creates.

                                                                                   Raymond McCrea Jones



 Story by Caleb Smallwood, Class of 2015
As part of the Fall 2014 Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.