Former student inspires new generation of photojournalists.

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Former student and photographer Darren Abate speaks to students about photojournalism Monday in room 209 of Loftin Student Center. Abate captivated the students by sharing his 20 years of experience with media outlets such as the Associated Press, Time magazine and the San Antonio Express-News.Christopher Hernandez

Former student and photographer Darren Abate speaks to students about photojournalism Monday in room 209 of Loftin Student Center. Abate captivated the students by sharing his 20 years of experience with media outlets such as the Associated Press, Time magazine and the San Antonio Express-News.Christopher Hernandez

San Antonio photographer-videographer tells what it takes to make it.

By Amanda Tetens

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

A local photographer and former student at this college shared his experience of the past 22 years with students, faculty and staff members Monday in Loftin Student Center.

After attending three semesters here and working on The Ranger 1996-1997, Darren Abate has made a name for himself shooting everything from concerts to the grand openings of buildings. Abate, who spoke to Professor Edmund Lo’s photojournalism class, said sports and news are his favorite events to shoot.

Abate, who said he has always loved hockey, is the photographer for the San Antonio Rampage. In 2002, when the team first came to town, he pushed his way into the photographer position because he wanted it badly.

Abate said he is a big fan of old-fashioned film cameras, but that won’t stop him from going digital to get a great shot.

“I like the fact that film makes you slow down,” Abate said.

Former student and photographer Darren Abate speaks to students about his passion for photojournalism and what equipment a professional should have. "Most photographers don't know how to shoot video, but publications are now favoring both video and photos of certain events. I have three cameras, along with my labtop and video camera," Abate said. Christopher Hernandez

Former student and photographer Darren Abate speaks to students about his passion for photojournalism and what equipment a professional should have. “Most photographers don’t know how to shoot video, but publications are now favoring both video and photos of certain events. I have three cameras, along with my labtop and video camera,” Abate said. Christopher Hernandez

Abate admits he prefers digital cameras when he shoots sports events.

“I will say that digital is better for sports,” Abate said.

Full of advice for aspiring photographers, Abate said he wished he had added some business and accounting classes during his time here.

“Every day, I wish I got my bachelor’s degree in photojournalism,” Abate said.

Abate said photographers need to know how to shoot a little bit of everything — from commercial products to high school football games to a 2 a.m. house fire.

Mentors are also important, Abate said. They can provide constructive criticism.

“You need to have mentors to tell you what you are doing wrong,” Abate said.

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