Ryan Walters

Highschool Photographer / Computer Science Student


First Exposure

I originally started photography at the hands of my older sister. While on a trip to Colorado when I was about 14 years old, I picked up her DSLR, a Nikon D3300. No offense, but it was nothing special when I look back on it... But I was very intrigued by it, as it could perfectly capture the scenes I pointed it at with a unmistakably preciseness.My older sister taught me the basic technical details of how a camera worked, the settings, and how I could manipulate these to capture light in different ways. I was already in a technically inclined background, and I enjoyed technology in general. Being my first exposure to Digital Photography, I was deeply intrigued. For the rest of the trip, I would end up holding her camera, learning exactly how to shoot with a camera whilst knowing not a single photographic rule, only knowing I liked what I saw on the display, and I wanted more.

First Camera

A year later, on my birthday, I would obtain my very own Nikon D3300. I don't remember me being particularly ecstatic, and I don't think I shot any interesting, or many photos for that matter, on that day.

A couple months later, I would finally be pressured to use my camera properly, as it seems I had failed to use it properly in the time in between (I don't know if I have access to the first photos I took with it, likely not).

Commercial Photography I

I took Commercial Photography in my Sophomore year, and it was probably on the best things I could have done. I actually had not entered the class purposefully, I was originally doubling up in Math, but switched out after I realized I wasn't that kind of student. One of the few classes the counselor gave me the choice to was Commercial Photography, and realizing I finally had a DSLR, I thought it was perfect timing. I was right.

I don't remember the entire class being the most fun and enjoyable thing in the world. It is a class, afterall. But the class did teach me all of the usual photographic rules, and beat the idea that anything you take a picture of is "interesting". It taught me that just about anything the camera's sensors think are better (shutter/aperture/ISO) etc. are in fact NOT better.

But, regardless of how fun or interesting it was, I found friends, a group, and a hobby that I will carry with me forever, and will unfortunately make me very conscious of everything I photograph - forever.

Commercial Photography II

This is where my skills really started to pick up and I developed a much deeper interest in photography, arming myself with a better camera later in the year.

A good portion of the photos on my site are from this class, and I'm proud of a great deal of them.


While I don't consider Yearbook to be really what this year is about, I am spending my time doing what I want to do, and Yearbook seems to be a convenient excuse to force myself to do sports photography or take pictures of whatever and whoever I want. While I do submit my photos to Yearbook, I don't lie about it, I really am guided by personal interest in doing stuff more than I am any obligation to the class.

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