Capturing the court: Sophomore shoots local sports

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By Alex Gurski, Staff Reporter

The shutter of sophomore Colin White’s Nikon D3500 clicks constantly as he glides up and down the sidelines, gathering pictures and videos of Conestoga’s varsity basketball team. Many of White’s posts wind up on his Instagram account, bycolinwhite, where his 600+ followers ambush each post with likes, comments, and views.

White was conflicted when he realized he would be out of town for the second portion of school basketball tryouts and would not be able to attend them. Looking for a way to get a gym credit, he suggested to the varsity basketball coach his ideas of traveling with the team and taking photos and videos of the players.

“It was kind of weird getting into it at first, but a lot of the players supported it, especially since they got free pictures. I didn’t really mean for it to happen,” White said.

After going to games and gaining experience, White began to take his craft more seriously. With the camera he purchased with the money he had saved up from working at a pizza shop, and the quality of his work improved, as did his passion.

“It wasn’t until recently that I felt like my photography got somewhat decent. I was just doing it for the money for a while because I didn’t really care about it that much, and it wasn’t until recently that I really started to
care about it,” White said.

To showcase his work, White created the Instagram account called bycolinwhite. He uploads the photos and videos he has edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop for over 600 followers, mostly students and basketball players from our area, to view.

To expand his efforts, White decided to take some photos and videos for other schools as well. He filmed a boys basketball game for Downingtown East High School, and has begun to do some filming for the Conestoga junior varsity and freshman teams, as well as more club basketball teams in the area. White hopes to start filming some other Conestoga sports besides basketball in the future.

“I’m trying to branch out and (do lacrosse) and football too, but I mostly focus on basketball,” White said.

Sophomore and varsity basketball player Jack Liedtka reflected on the past season with White, and how his photography and videography benefitted the team, stating that “(White) really helped our team gain exposure.”