The beer is here

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A more recent video about homebrewing.

The Beer Is Here from Shawn Steiner on Vimeo.

The Beer Is Here
Filmed and edited by Shawn C. Steiner

Ithaca College junior Isaac Ford brews beer in his home in Ithaca, NY. He walks us through the process of brewing a raspberry wheat beer.

A short news package done for The Ithacan, Ithaca College’s award-winning student newspaper.

Caution!: A zombie classic

Screen capture from Caution: A zombie classic.

Welcome to my work from freshman year also known as Spring 2011 Cinema Production 1 taught by Joshua Bonnetta.

This semester was filled with exciting times of film just two years ago as this was shot on 16mm and my photo project that semester was shot on 4×5. So, as I prepare to release snippets of my Thesis Cinema Production I felt it would be a good idea to throw up my original project. One of many ambitions that unfortunately fell a bit short. But, it still didn’t turn out too terribly. Hope you enjoy it as it is still entertaining. Thanks

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/65601002″>Caution</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/shawncsteiner”>Shawn Steiner</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Rethinking Instagram

A couple of my portraits.

Over the months I have written a few posts about how Instagram is bad for photojournalists and how it really shouldn’t be used. However, that is a very specific viewpoint to write from and I feel like I didn’t give Instagram a fair chance.

My very hipster self.
My very hipster self.

Now, I started using it for real. It started as a joke but I’ve really come to enjoy using it. It started with a party that I got dressed up pretty hipster I must admit. So, the best portrait would have to be Instagrammed. It was funny. But it evolved into more usage and my current idea.

Here is how the actual project began.

I have a good friend who doesn’t use any social media. I decided it would be funny to Instagram a photo of him a day and post it on Facebook. All of our friends love it and I find it really enjoyable. Though one complaint is that some filters can really just kill an image.

Here is the first image from the series:

Isaac Ford adventures through the snow.
Isaac Ford adventures through the snow.

Check back to see more! Or follow me on Instagram, Twitter, etc… @shawncsteiner

I’ve realized Instagram isn’t a great image creation tool. But, for social interactions through photographs, it is a good way to entertain your friends.

Street portrait: Rachel

Rachel poses for a photo.

My friend Rachel happened to be around when I was testing out a new picture profile on my camera. It is designed to mimic black and white film and I think it does a pretty good job. It may not be the best profile but I like how it looks.

Rachel poses for a photo.
Rachel poses for a photo.

Rally coverage down in DC

Forward on Climate

This past weekend was the Forward on Climate rally in Washington D.C. I was fortunate enough to cover it for The Ithacan. So, myself and a staff of 4 other reporters, photographers and videographers headed to D.C. to check it out. It was a great time, here are some quick shots.

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Forward on Climate

 

Professors share narratives of lifelong activism

Fred Wilcox shares his activism stories.
Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan

Here at Ithaca College there is a large group of professors who stand by their beliefs and ideals. These professors are activists and constantly go out and protest and do work in order to make these ideas known and to fight injustice. As a part of a collegiate institution they share their beliefs with their students and try to be the inspiration for them to get out and fight for what they belief in.

This project was made in collaboration with Kelsey O’Connor, editor in chief of The Ithacan.

In addition, here is the original article written by Kristen Mansfield.

Fred Wilcox shares his activism stories. Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan
Fred Wilcox shares his activism stories. Click here to view the interactive piece.
Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan

Photojournalism: Election night in Ithaca, N.Y.

Election Night at the Democratic Headquarters in Ithaca, N.Y.

Election night is always emotional, no matter who you are backing. Here in Ithaca, NY people were able to celebrate President Barack Obama’s re-election. With triumphant and emotional cheers.

Election Night at the Democratic Headquarters in Ithaca, N.Y.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 — Olayinka Omotosho, a Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University, celebrates in response to hearing CNN predict President Barack Obama’s re-election while at the Tompkins County Democratic Party headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca, N.Y.
Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan

Photojournalism: Fire at the State Street Diner

Fire at The State Street Diner

Selections of my photojournalism will also appear from time to time. This is how I am introducing this new section on this site. Hope you enjoy! Here is the first image, a personal favorite.

Fire at The State Street Diner
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 — Stuart Prineas, an electrical contractor, examines the damage from a fire Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at the State Street Diner. The diner caught fire at about 4:30 p.m. from what local authorities believe to have been faulty wiring, however the investigation is still ongoing.
Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan

The fear of digital noise

Ithaca College senior Erik Caron, center, belts out “Devil’s Coming” and plays guitar for the Erik Caron Connection alongside bassist sophomore Gabe Lefferts, left, and drummer Alex Cano ’12, right.
This photograph was taken at ISO 25600, f/2.8 and 1/125 second at 20mm.
Ithaca College senior Erik Caron, center, belts out “Devil’s Coming” and plays guitar for the Erik Caron Connection alongside bassist sophomore Gabe Lefferts, left, and drummer Alex Cano ’12, right.
This photograph was taken at ISO 25600, f/2.8 and 1/125 second at 20mm.

Noise was never a good thing. But, everyone still seems to want to emulate the grain of film.

Pushing film two stops so that you can get a usable image was more important than the amount of grain that you may see. It was the norm to have to deal with grain. Now that we have moved to digital sensors it seems that we are afraid to see anything besides a perfectly clean image on the camera’s LCD screen. The immediacy of digital has let us know how we can change things to “fix” the image in camera, and see when we take unusable photos.

Why should we be afraid to push the boundaries of our cameras technology?

I support the ability of modern day cameras to reach these absurd ISOs. Years ago I never would have imagined being able to shoot outside at night and have a perfectly exposed image. Independent filmmaking would also still require a lot of startup money. Now, we can shoot for bare minimum and produce something of quality.

In the realm of photojournalism it means we can go new places with less equipment and get the shots we need. The other day I was shooting at ISO 25600 in a pub late at night. I took photos. That is awesome. No flash, no unnecessary lights, just capturing the mood as it was set up for the show.

At first glance I have heard shock at the ISO speeds I was shooting at. But then when I have shot video on the same SLR I have heard that it is too clean and sharp. Where are we going to finally accept the world of digital and accept it on its own, without thinking about it in the context of celluloid.

Many companies are even trying to produce the ability to add grain to digital footage.As much as I appreciate the nostalgia for film, I respect the advancement is technology that allows our industry to advance to incredible heights. Accept the look of noise and forget the look of grain. It is a part of the digital image making process and we should see it as such.

A journalist’s code of ethics

A journalists code

A Journalist’s Code of Ethics

-To hold my work to the highest standards.
-To not do anything against my own beliefs, values and virtues.
-And to do no harm.
-I must keep myself free to pursue my own goals while at the same time making sure that my work can benefit others when possible.
-To never be held to any single belief or idea. Never allowing my thoughts to stop evolving.
-Finally, to always allow for change.

Shawn Steiner