Convention: Getting the most out of it

While you continue to ponder over where exactly you’ll eat while in Indianapolis, don’t forget to take full advantage of the convention itself. If you’ve been to a convention before, here are some reminders of how to make the best of it. If this is your first time, these are some tips for you to get the most out of it.

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Type: What’s in a font?


X Height – The height, in points, of the font’s lowercase x.

Baseline – The invisible line that the text rests on.

Ascender – The parts of letters that ascend above the x height.

Descender – The parts of letters that descend below the baseline.


There are a couple different ways you can align type, and each has a purpose.

Left Align – Text lines up along the left edge, leaving the right side jagged.

Right Align – Text lines up along the right edge, leaving the left side jagged. This alignment is often hard to read.

Centered – Text is centered within your column of text.

Justified – Text is aligned up on both sides of your column of text with varying spacing between words.


Kerning – The space between individual letters. This can be increased or decreased to prevent awkward spacings between letters in a word.

Tracking – The space between words.

Leading – The space between lines of text. This can be adjusted to serve readers. A good rule of thumb is that the leading should always be one point or more than the point size of the font. So, for example, if you have a 12 point font, your leading should be about 13 or 14 points.


The size of a typeface is measured from the lowest descender to the highest ascender. When a typeface is 12 point, that means it is 12 points from the ascender to the descender. This is why some fonts look larger than other fonts, even though they’re the same point size.

Photo: How to Shoot Fall Sports

Assigned to photograph fall sports? Here’s some tips to follow to help you get the best shots.

What to Pack:

  • Extra batteries
  • Telephoto lens – help you get in close to the action.
  • Plastic bag/poncho to protect your camera
  • Reporter’s notebook to take down names, events, and scores



Where to stand: Along the sides and the ends of the court, changing position as the players move.
Camera settings: ISO 100, 200 or 400 (depending on how overcast the sky is, you might want to play with these settings); shutter speed of 1/1600
Tip: Make sure you keep your eye on the ball so you can include it in your frame. You don’t have to follow it over the net, just make sure you know where the ball is when the player from your school is chasing it.


Where to stand: You want to stay well away from the golfers so you don’t distract them with the sound of your camera shutter.
Camera settings: ISO 100 or 200; maximum aperture to decrease depth of field; shutter speed of 1/2000 or higher if your camera can manage
Tip: Take continuous photos as the golfer begins their pitch so you have the full motion of their swing in photos. Don’t be afraid to include the environment when taking golf photos – it is an outdoor sport after all.


Where to stand: On the opposite side of the gym as your team. Whether you’re directly on the other side of the court or standing off to the side, you are sure to get some great pictures of people at the net. Be sure to get close to the team as well so you can get some shots without the net in the way of their faces.
Camera settings: Play around with your ISO keeping it below 800 to avoid grainy photos; shutter speed of 1/800 or greater
Tip: Plan for more vertical pics than horizontal. The players are usually taller and will jump up high to prevent the ball from going over the net. They also throw the ball high in the air or jump up when serving the ball.

Where to stand: You have two options: The end zone or on Football.jpgthe sideline. If you stand on the end zone, you are going to get better pictures of players running head on towards you. If you stand on the sidelines, you can get pictures of players breaking through tackles and some reaction pictures from the coaches, other players and maybe even the crowd.
Camera settings: Use an ISO of about 200 or 400 when the game starts and the later it gets, try and bump this up, but avoid an ISO over 800; shutter speed over 1/1000
Tip: If you stand on the sidelines, make sure you stand on your team’s side and that you don’t block the view. Also, watch out for flying balls and people on the sidelines because that is where they will rush players out to prevent further advances in the game.


Where to stand: Try to stand somewhere between the corner arc and the goal line on the side that your team is trying to score on. You get great shots of your team making penalty kicks and head on shots of your team kicking for a
Camera settings: ISO 100 or 200 during the day and later at night bump it up to 800; shutter speed 1/1000
Tip: Depending on how good the team is that you are playing, you might be standing on the opposite end for a long time without taking photos. Use that time to take photos of the student section or move to the other side where the action is, but don’t move too much or you’ll tire yourself out before half time.

Cross Country
Where to stand: Depending on the size of the course, you might be best to get a picture at just the start or finish lines. If you can make it to other points in the race, try for that as well.
Camera settings: ISO 100 or 200; shutter speed 1/1000 or higher
Tip: Since most of these events are held far away, make sure you get photos of at least one meet and then try for others events like Sectionals, Regionals, etc.

General Tips:

• NOT MY BABY! Protect your camera at all costs. If you see an athlete or a ball flying at you, protect that camera at all cost (sorry, but you will heal from an injury, but once that camera is broken, there’s no going back).

• For every action, there is an even greater reaction. Keep your camera pointed on athletes after they score to get a great picture of how they react to the news.

• You won’t always be on the winning team. As a photographer, you’ll have to record the good times as well as the bad times. Upset athletes and happy athletes both make for good photos.

• You make a better wall than you do a window. Other spectators and athletes are there to watch and compete in the game as well, so make sure you aren’t in anyone’s way when taking photos.

• You aren’t a statue. Don’t always stay in the same spot for the entire game. Be sure to switch sides and get another perspective on your team. Don’t forget to take photos of the student section and other important elements of each game.

• Practice makes perfect. Try and attend enough of the games and practices so that you can anticipate certain actions that the players perform at a game.


All photos by Roth Lovins.

Convention: Where to eat

Have you started the countdown to the NSPA/JEA National Convention in Indianapolis yet? We have, and it’s just 50 days away! In the weeks leading up to the convention, we are going to provide you with some convention tips and things to do in Indianapolis.

Let’s start with the most important part of your day: mealtime

Whether you’re out for lunch or dinner or just want to grab a snack, here are some of the top places in Circle City to grab some grub.


Try High Velocity, the sports bar located on the ground floor of the JW Marriott. This restaurant’s menu includes “a variety of American favorites mixed with some High Velocity flair.”

If sports bars aren’t your thing, Osteria Pronto is also located in the JW Marriott, situated right off the lobby. Osteria Pronto serves “authentic Northern Italian cuisine,” where “each dish is comprised only of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.”

Just a 10-15 minute walk away is Monument Circle, which is surrounded by great restaurants, like Buca di Beppo, Giorgio’s Pizza and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.

Also in the nearby area is the Circle Centre Mall, which houses restaurants like Granite City Food and Brewery, Palomino and P.F. Chang’s.

Just past the mall is Hard Rock Cafe, Scotty’s Brewhouse and St. Elmo Steakhouse.

And if you’re looking to be insulted while waiting for your food, check out Dick’s Last Resort.

Still not satisfied? Here’s a map of all the places to eat in Downtown Indy.



Go to Massachusetts Avenue — commonly referred to as Mass Ave. This street is named one of the Top 100 coolest streets in America, and is filled with great eats.

Start out with a fresh, cold-pressed juice from Natural Born Juicers before heading to Wild Eggs for breakfast.

Come back to Mass Ave for lunch or dinner and check out any of these restaurants:

  • Mesh — “Mesh blends contemporary elegance and comfort with innovative cuisine and excellent service,” its website states.
  • Vida — “A modern expression of culinary technique with a worldly influence, Vida is dedicated to providing an unparalleled dining experience with fresh innovative cuisine…”
  • Fat Dan’s Deli — Home of Chicago Beef!
  • Salt — This restaurant opened Aug. 23 and is “an upscale casual restaurant focusing on fresh seafood, steaks, and cocktails.”
  • Bru Burger — This popular Mass Ave. destination features more than 17 different burgers and a whole lot of unique flavors.
  • MacNiven’s Scottish-American Restaurant and Bar — “A cozy wee pub offering hearty Scottish and American fare.”
  • The Eagle — Where “we start with free range, all natural Amish chicken. It’s brined, dredged, then dropped into custom-built fryers. Its got a little kick and is served with our house made hot honey.”

Just looking for a snack? Try Yogulatte, a frozen yogurt and coffee shop, or Subzero, an ice cream and yogurt shop.