Sophomore Kalli Dalrymple is a volunteer firefighter, a 15-year piano player, speaks fluent Spanish, and the Collegian photographer.
Although Dalrymple now takes photos for every section of The Collegian, she only just began her photography journey in high school.
“I bought a camera before I graduated high school, and just kind of taught myself from there,” Dalrymple said.
Her inspiration began through her adventures outside when she decided that she wanted to be able to capture moments in nature.
“I grew up in a very outdoorsy family,” Dalrymple said. “We all were always involved in camping, hiking, whatever it might be. I definitely wanted something to take more nature photos with and my iPhone had a crappy camera.”
Though she doesn’t plan to pursue photography professionally, Dalrymple will always keep the skill in her back pocket. She said that her time working opportunity to work with The Collegian has helped her improve in different areas of photography and editing.
“I thought it was a really good opportunity to expand my horizons on campus, and then something to force me to develop abilities a little bit more,” Dalrymple said. “Just through using new software and taking the types of photos that they want, it’s great being able to adapt to those things.”
For new photographers, Dalrymple recommends not spending too much money on brand new equipment but instead looking into refurbished equipment.
“There’s so many resources that you can find online so you don’t have to pay or invest a ton of time in a bunch of new equipment or online classes,” Dalrymple said. “There’s a lot you can do with a little bit.”