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Shooting blind

Junior embraces photography despite visual limitations
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Kristina Colburn
Holding a camera in his hand, Junior Caden Jackson takes pictures of the student section at a football game on Aug. 24, 2023.

“TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!” can barely be heard over the screams of the student section. The escorts run the flags, the cheerleaders lead a chant, the coaches get out the kick team and every part of gameday plays a crucial role.

However, there is one group whose job is to be as obscure as possible: the visual journalists. It is their job alone to capture all aspects of the game, from opening kickoffs to cheers to the student section’s excitement after another Texas High touchdown. With thousands of dollar cameras designed to capture a multitude of colors, they use their equipment and knowledge to vividly capture the moment for years to come. 

One of Texas High’s newest visual journalists faces the challenge of color blindness, forcing him to adjust in ways other media creators don’t.

“I didn’t know my color blindness would affect my photography until [photo] boot camp,” junior Caden Jackson said. “I can’t see some types of shades, so it made my pictures look a little off.”

His color blindness is a first for photo adviser Clint Smith, who gave Jackson the idea to shoot in a monochrome picture style.

 “Several years back, I read an article about helping students understand exposure by setting their digital cameras to shoot in black and white,” Smith said. “I figured that if I can get Caden nailing exposure, we could support him with the color during our editing and toning process because our cameras record in a RAW format that captures all image data and allows the photographer to see the exposure in black and white while recording all the color data as well.”

Color blindness drastically affects photography, as the ability to see different shades and colors is a crucial part of good pictures.

Caden adapted fast and showed that his colorblindness doesn’t affect his awesome photos.

— Anna Haley

“Color blindness has to do with how your eyes capture light,” Jackson said. “Photography is mostly light and the camera’s reaction to it.”

As a first-year visual journalist, Jackson still needs assistance from upperclassmen when editing.

“Assisting him in editing is definitely tricky,” senior assignments editor Kristina Colburn said. “Although he can make sure his photos are nicely exposed, Caden’s color blindness makes it hard for him to see the vibrancy of the colors, which could cause a lot of his photos to come out very dull.” 

Despite these challenges, he’s still open to learning and growing as a photographer. 

“Caden has a great eye,” photo editor Anna Haley said. “Caden adapted fast and showed that his colorblindness doesn’t affect his awesome photos.”

Only a junior with almost two more years in the program left, Jackson finds himself with plenty of time to improve his skills.

“Caden definitely has great potential,” Colburn said. “He’s really focused on growing his technical skills right now. If he continues to put forth the effort that he’s currently putting forth, then later on down the road, he’ll be just as good as everyone else, if not better.”

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Blaise Larry-Cox
Blaise Larry-Cox, Culture Editor
Blaise Larry-Cox is a senior and second year Publications member. He is the Culture Editor, a first year photographer and the producer of the THS podcast, Breaking Snooze. Outside of publications he is in Model UN, STUCCO, and multiple other things that look good on a college resume. He would love to help anyone with anything, because he definitely doesn't already have enough to do! He plans on helping the program win awards such as Gold Crown and Pacemaker in order to cement Texas High as the best publication in Texas. In his free time you can find him editing videos and photos for his instagram account, @blaisefilms, or grilling, which he annoyingly posts on his Snapchat story, “Tonight’s Dish”.
Kristina Colburn
Kristina Colburn, Assignments Editor

Kristina Colburn is currently the Photo Assignments Editor for THS Publications. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, AP Ambassadors, HOSA, Model UN and the Multicultural Club. In her spare time, Kristina likes to relax and listen to music, shop online, thrift and occasionally pick up a book. In addition, she likes to travel. She has been to France and Spain, and is hoping she can travel more in the upcoming years. In the future, Kristina aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas or Anthropology at Baylor University.

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