Now that I’ve shared with you the basics of how a college radio station works, I want to tell you about one of my favorite parts of working at one— taking pictures.
Sometimes it’s hard to get creative shots of people performing in the studio because you’re shooting the same room over and over again, but I have come to enjoy the challenge.
I shoot with a trusty white Pentax K-x DSLR. (It’s been nicknamed the “stormtrooper camera” for obvious reasons.) It’s certainly not professional grade equipment by any means, but it has a lot of “artsy” filters and other features that make it neat for use around the station.
One of my favorite photography opportunities ever came last March during Iowa City’s Mission Creek Music Festival. KRUI did a remote broadcast from Public Space One, a DIY art and music space. For the entire week of the fest, KRUI hosted, recorded, and interviewed multiple artists each day.
The best part, however, was that the art in the gallery space became a perfect backdrop for some really unique and dramatic photos. Continue reading