Fall Football Preview Portraits

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

About 6 months ago our sports editor, Michael Hicks, came to me with an idea for the fall. He wanted to put together a multi-page, pull out section filled with previews for the fall high school football season. I was immediately on board. It has been a long time since we had tackled anything this big. Newspapers with a circulation size as small as ours do not get to work on projects like this often. As everyone is well aware, the newspaper business is a little unstable right now. With that instability comes budget cuts and physical page count and size reductions. Getting a full color, multi-page section is a difficult pill to swallow for most publishers, especially if there is a lack of committed advertising to offset the cost.

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Portrait of Don Allan

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Portraits, portraits and more portraits. Get used to it if you are on the path of photojournalism and editorial photography. I often bring lights, softboxes, radio triggers, gels, light stands and a variety of other light modifying devices when I know I am shooting a portrait. And Sometimes I leave it all in the car when the natural light is just too good to pass up. The portrait above is of Clear Creek County Coroner Don Allan. It’s lit using the light from a large window and the reflection off of a wall from the same window. No artificial lights, no modifiers. Just Don’s personality and f2.o at 85mm. Read the full story here.