Denver Post Journalism Day: An Interview with Brent Lewis

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During the Denver Post Youth Journalism Day, group 9 or the Technology Titans encountered and interviewed the professional photographer, Brent Lewis.They interviewed Lewis to discover what is is li

During the Denver Post Youth Journalism Day, group 9 or the Technology Titans encountered and interviewed the professional photographer, Brent Lewis.They interviewed Lewis to discover what is is like in the life of a photographer working at the Denver Post.

He began photographing his sophomore year of college after his grandfather gave him an old camera. His original career path was an electrical engineer but soon after discovering photography, Lewis changed his path. “I instantly fell in love with photography” Lewis said while talking about his past. His first job as a photographer was in Chicago at the Chillicothe Gazette. He then moved to Colorado and began working at the Denver Post.

Lewis said that there are three main keys to the “perfect picture”, the moment that the picture is taken, the composition of the picture, and the lighting. These three things combined create the perfect picture, however not all pictures are perfect to everyone. “It’s in the eye of the beholder.” Lewis said.

 

Lewis’s favorite topic to photograph is life, such as people. Lewis said “The most important part of a picture is the people.” He likes being able to capture moments both big and small. Lewis said “I don’t feel like I’m creating things, I’m just capturing the moment.”

Lewis said that his future in 5 years is here, at the Denver Post, still capturing moments. He said “In 5 years, I want to be working on the stories that matter to me.”

Lewis’s tips to being a photojournalist are be hyper aware (read the newspaper, and follow the internet and TV), find a good photography school, and find issues that matter such as wildfire and tornadoes. With these three steps and perseverance you will succeed and go on to become a wonderful photojournalist.

Throughout the course of the day group 9 learned a lot on the topic of photography from Brent Lewis.