Senior Editor of Photo and Interactive at TIME Jonathan Woods talked about the ingenuity of his panoramic from the top of One World Trade Center. The panorama is composed of 567 images taken over the course of five hours. He pitched the project with the slogan, “TIME will take you to a place you’ve never been.” It was incredible to hear about the behind-the-scenes of the project. Woods kept facing opposition to his project, but he was persistent and made it happen. Once he started getting support for his project, he was surprised how many people would help him when he had an idea and fought for it. We then went around the room and gave a one-sentence pitch of our Senior Capstone Projects. Woods told us not to be discouraged as college students in the professional world and emphasized the power of the pitch; we must master it and figure out how to sell it. “You have to be hungry and show that you want it the worst,” said Woods.
The Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated Brad Smith shared the story and logistics behind the cover shoot for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing; with a crowd of 3,000 people, the resulting photograph is incredible. Smith continued by explaining that the biggest mistake that an editor can make is not talking with the photographer; this is something that I need to be very conscious of and work on as the photo editor of RIT’s Reporter. We were then brought to a wall featuring the magazine layout and we went over the process of putting the magazine together. Afterwards, I approached Smith and shared that I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Velo, the magazine I interned at last summer, did something very similar with their magazine layout; it was really cool to see Sports Illustrated's version. As we parted, we shook hands and Smith said he hoped we would keep in touch. Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Smith the next day as I was riding the Megabus back to Rochester. “Nice meeting you, look forward to staying in touch and seeing your work.” It’s such a simple gesture, but it means the world.
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