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how to be a jcl historian

by lucy ku, gjcl historian

How much work do you think goes into being a historian? Little to none, right?

That’s what I thought too when I first became historian of my local UNICEF chapter. In actuality, a lot of work happens behind the camera, from editing photos to making the scrapbook that displays all the events in the past year. I wish I'd had someone to show me the ropes of becoming a historian and the little tips and tricks behind it, so I’m here to guide you!



okay! If you didn’t know, you can buy lenses from online retailers like Amazon to improve the quality of your phone's photos. So don’t worry about having a fancy camera, just make sure you’re capturing everything that’s going on.

-Compact: You can find these types of cameras in Walmart and Target (these are NOT disposable cameras). These are very lightweight and inexpensive and also very easy to use! Their photo quality varies by model (I recommend the Nikon Coolpix) and a lot of local historians use them! The only con with this type of camera is that you have very limited options with settings and you can not change lenses with this, so your zoom may be limited.

-DSLR: As a photographer and state historian, these cameras are your go to, #teamcanon. DSLR’s offer superb image quality and a lot of creative features/settings. They give you the control to the lighting, setting, shots, and focus that no other camera can give. If you’re looking to run for State Historian, this is the way to go. The con with DSLR’s is the fact that they are so expensive, so if you’re looking to invest in one, start saving up some money! (continued on page nine)

Step 1: Your camera! There are basically three categories of cameras that most historians use; phone, compact, and DSLR.

-Phone: My advice with using a phone as your camera is to make sure you have the latest model, whether Samsung or iPhone. If you don't, it's

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at right: 2017-2018 WJCL Historian Stefania Potter (left) and 2016-2017 WJCL Historian Katya Mikhailenko pose together at Candidates' Open Forum at the 2017 state convention.