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Diane Linsley, Webster-Kirkwood Times reporter, spoke to journalism campers July 14, about her job as a photographer.
Since beginning her career in 1976, Linsley has had to take into consideration different factors in order to take a photograph. She likes what she does, but it can be difficult.
“You only have one image to tell the story,” Linsley said. She usually takes 50 to 100 and can take up to 400 photos at a single event, but only few will be used in the print copy of the paper.
One of the things that is difficult is having to take pictures on holidays. For example, Linsley often spends Thanksgiving photographing the Webster-Kirkwood Turkey Day game. She also has to take pictures of tragic events that are not always easy, especially when Linsley has to get in close. The one she is most proud of is the image of a funeral for a fallen police officer for which she won a national award.
Linsley’s favorite photos to take, however, are feature photos. She likes to make people laugh with the images. She doesn’t mind when people call her about a fox in their backyard and will wait several hours in order to take the picture. She enjoys the variety of the photographs she takes.
She said the camera was a buffer between her and the person she photographing. She said it’s easy to take photos with it in between her and her subject.
The events she attends don’t have to big in order for her to take a good picture. She illustrated this with a photo she took of a Boy Scout soap box racing event which won an award.
Linsley has won about 15 awards, usually one or two a year and has worked 12 years for the Webster-Kirkwood Times as staff photographer and six years as a free lance photographer.
Her first photographic job was as an intern with the Alton Telegraph.
“Pay attention to the world around you and try to tell the story,” Linsley said.