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I’m not going to lie. This wasn’t one of my favorite projects and this did not turn out how I intended. One aspect of my job is to go around taking pictures. Sometimes its just random stuff on any given Sunday, but sometimes its to cover a special event or unique service. ¬†On a regular event, I may capture a hundred images or so, then cull them down to the top 10 or 20. Even with my “delete” trigger finger, in my over 3 years at Tabernacle, I’ve amassed a Lightroom Library of almost¬†7,000 images?!

I picked these three images because they embody the type of images I am always looking for. Besides being impactful to me for a variety of reasons, there are certain TECHNICAL and EMOTIONAL aspects I consider when choosing an image. These images each contain one or more of those qualities:

  • A Strong, bold subject
  • Bold Lighting
  • Strong Color
  • Contain a sharp face or group of faces
  • Provide isolation or interest via bokeh (background / foreground blur)
  • Embody fun
  • Embody personalities
  • Tell a story
  • *Also, every image posted is run through a select few VSCO filters. VSCO is a company who makes lightroom presets and each preset they create is supposed to emulate a traditional film. Our most used are FUJI 160-, Kodak Portia 160, and Ilford HP5 for B&W Processing.

Each of these images represents something unique to me. The top left image is an excellent church member (and former Preschool Minister), Shannon, leading the congregation in song in a particularly compelling Easter service. It contains a moment, strong subjects, great placement, and more.

The top Right was taken at our yearly Trunk or Treat. Although this image doesn’t capture the scale of the event, it does embody fun. We don’t make “fun” or main component of our church, but we do value it highly. This image also contains great use of isolation through bokeh, sharp faces, and more.

The bottom image was one that would normally be considered a “stock” image. The reason I chose it is because we rely so much on media at our church. Media itself doesn’t do anything for a church. Media, in itself, cannot be THE message… but when a church leverages media in an intentional way to help get their message out, it has a huge impact. This is a good reminder for me, as the Media and Communications Pastor, that content creation isn’t the end goal. But, when I create content around a laser-focused message, it really can change lives.

I said earlier that this didn’t turn out how I expected. It was largely in the color swatch selected for this project. To get a consistent swatch, I merged all the images and did a strong gaussian blur. No matter where I clicked on the images, I had a color very similar to one of the colors below.