Storytelling school

Photography, a storytelling tool for a 100 Mile student

Noah Appleby plans to leave his mark on the Peter Skene Ogden High School yearbook.

The 12th year photography student said he aspires this year to take pictures that future students will aspire to surpass. Appleby said he wanted his photos to tell the story of this year’s promotion.

“I want to leave this school knowing that there will be photographers who will come into photography class and be inspired to take better pictures,” Appleby said. “I really enjoy inspiring others, whether it’s a photo or just doing my best. If we can inspire people, we can move the world forward.

Appleby said he had been interested in photography since living in Ridgevalley, Alberta. His 4th grade teacher was running a photography class for 7th graders and he went to ask her advice before taking the class himself when he was old enough.

“I liked how you could capture stories. With just one click, you have this beautiful image that can tell you anything you want it to say,” Appleby said. “I like that way better. to tell than to try to think of the words to put on paper.”

When he arrived at 100 Mile House in 2020, Appleby was shocked by the quality of John Murray’s photography course. Along with teaching them how to take photos, he said Murray showed them the ins and outs of using Photoshop.

“It has a comprehensive photo composition course like the rule of thirds, guidelines, it has artistic elements and it goes so much deeper into the photography course than what Alberta offered. I was really expecting a teacher who just wanted you to go out, take pictures and then give yourself a grade.

Appleby’s main challenge when shooting is the fact that he is partially colorblind. He has trouble seeing red and green which, while not debilitating, can make photography more difficult.

“I had a hard time if I wanted a golden hour photo, I would take photos that ended up being a bit more orange than this pretty golden. I’m missing the colors I’m actually looking for.

Through Murray’s experience and guidance, Appleby said he learned how to capture the right colors he wanted. For example, he sees the sky more purple than blue and using this cue he can determine what a subject’s true color is.

Even in the relatively short time since he started photography, Appleby is impressed with the advances in technology. He said the fact that a camera can zoom and focus on a subject in an instant fits perfectly with his favorite subject of nature and wildlife photography.

Appleby said that when he’s out in nature, he likes to find ways to capture texture with his photographs. Flowers, water and animals, like birds and his pet cat, have always been a source of inspiration for him.

“Capturing the ways things stand out is what I’m looking for.”


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