Club captures student interest in photography
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 1, 2013 02:02
Students are beginning to focus in on a new club at Miami University. This year, sophomore James Rohaley founded a student organization, InFocus that dedicates itself to the art of photography.
“We have over 400 student organizations on campus, yet we still didn’t have a photography [organization],” Rohaley said.
Sophomore Lauren Simpson said she was surprised that Miami lacked a photography club.
“We have so many different groups on campus that seem to cover all interests,” Simpson said. “With photography being an interest for so many people, it only seems right that Miami has a photography club.”
The 24 InFocus members share an interest in digital, film and cinematography. Rohaley said he hopes to get funding from Associated Student Government (ASG) for a Canon 5D Mark II, a professional camera with video capabilities, a lens and gyroscope tripod for shooting videos.
“It is my hope that our funding is approved since these items are a necessity for the club,” Rohaley said. “I want students to be able to learn more about photography while being able to experiment with a professional camera. So, many students don’t have access to this type of equipment, and with this club we can give students the opportunity to use professional equipment to experiment and learn about how to use a camera.”
InFocus meets every other week to go over photographs members have taken. They also work with other organizations to provide photographs for PR and various events at Miami.
Two professional photographers at Miami, Jeff Sabo and Scott Kissel, serve as InFocus advisors.
Member Halley Green first joined InFocus through the Facebook group.
“My favorite part about InFocus, I believe [I] will be able to share my love of photography with other students at Miami who share my love for it, “Green said. “I am really excited to share my work and also learn new techniques and perspectives from the other photographers in the club. It is also exciting to me that I am part o the first photography club here at Miami.”
For Rohaley, InFocus is a way to leave his mark at Miami.
“It may sound cheesy but I would love it to be my legacy to leave at Miami I really want to look back and know that I left something permanent, successful and ongoing here,” Rohaley said.