On the Sidelines with High School Junior at LSU Football

Dec 5, 2014

Mitch Highman

A photographer by day as well as a photographer by night, I tend to have a camera with me at all times. I live in Fargo, North Dakota… and NO, it is nothing like the movie or Tv show “Fargo”. Feel free to follow me on social media! Instagram: https://instagram.com/mhighman/

On the Sidelines with High School Junior at LSU Football

Dec 5, 2014

Mitch Highman

A photographer by day as well as a photographer by night, I tend to have a camera with me at all times. I live in Fargo, North Dakota… and NO, it is nothing like the movie or Tv show “Fargo”. Feel free to follow me on social media! Instagram: https://instagram.com/mhighman/

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UPDATE: We want to clarify that there was a misunderstanding in the text of the interview. Jansen A. Nowell is not an official LSU Staff Photographer. He is in no way affiliated with LSU Athletics. 

Professional photographers get asked all the time, “what is it like to be a professional photographer?” Sure there are things we can say, and things we can try to visualize for them to really see what we get to experience as a photographer.

Jansen A Nowell, a high school junior, took his answer a bit further with a couple GoPros and a broomstick!

Jansen A. Nowell on the sidelines taken by fellow photographer.
Jansen A. Nowell on the sidelines taken by fellow photographer.

First, lets get to know this Jansen kid!

Jansen is a junior in high school in the great city of West Monroe, Louisiana… you know, home of the Duck Dynasty family! Although still quite young, Jansen credits his love for photography to his childhood growing up with the woods as a backyard and his samsung point and shoot camera.

I don’t like to read much, but I do know that people who read, read things they care about, and because they care about those things, they are aware of the author.

Jansen says his basic principle is to capture moments and subjects that people care about. By doing this people will be more aware of the photographer. Jansen currently serves as the yearbook photographer and this is where Jansen finds his love for event and sports photography.

He was shooting a baseball game at his school and got to meet a fellow photographer, who liked his work, and eventually got him his credentials for an LSU football game. This goes to show, get to know your peers, because you never know when they may be able to help you.

Now, this isn’t the first time that someone has put a GoPro on the hot-shoe of a camera body. It is however one of the first ones I have liked and had a good time viewing. It really takes you through the event. If you have never been on the sideline of a sporting event, you must watch this so you can experience the sheer energy!

YouTube video

There are not many people that would not want to be down on those sidelines after seeing that video! Lets get into the gear that Jansen had for this day:

For the video he used 2 GoPros. 1 was mounted on the camera’s hot-shoe using the GoPro adhesive mount. I have done this during hockey games being in between the bench, and it gives such an awesome perspective with a longer lens in the GoPro frame. The 2nd GoPro was mounted on top of a broomstick.

I asked Jansen about what piece of gear he would want to have next. He said that glass is more important, especially when on a budget, and that it gives a better return. I could not agree more! The Canon 16-35mm 2.8 is what he would add to his kit.

So we have this junior in high school shooting on the sidelines at  LSU football, what are his secrets? I asked Jansen to give a couple tips to up and coming photographers.

I would tell you to self-critique your work as much as your desire to become better consists. Make friends in the photography world—everyone has something to offer each other. Find a good mentor, not the kind that will use you and make you carry his stuff around, but the kind that will take you under his wing. Understand that you will grow. And finally, have fun. If you do those things, opportunities will arise, and it is then that it comes down to being able to show what you’re capable of.

The video showed some of the images he captured and Jansen shared some more with me here!

Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell
Photo by: Jansen A Nowell

Jansen has completed his first full season shooting LSU football. What is next for Jansen A Nowell? Jansen says he wants to look towards the magazine world or a company that can get exposure for his work. He plans on getting his business degree but beyond that, he has this to say…

Completely planning out my next step is no fun. I can guarantee you, though, I will still have my camera and I will be pressing a shutter somewhere, somehow, as long as I live.

Nowell has also been chief photographer on shoots for Under Armour and Kawasaki! Its going to be fun to watch Nowell’s career grow from an already decent start!

[ Jansen A Nowell | LSU Tigers Sideline Photography]

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16 responses to “On the Sidelines with High School Junior at LSU Football”

  1. Piotr Gurgul Avatar
    Piotr Gurgul

    Excuse me but Canon 50D doesn’t support video mode… You made a mistake!

    1. Mitch Highman Avatar
      Mitch Highman

      Although out of the box in 2008 it didn’t record video but as of late Magic Lantern has released a firmware hack that enables recording using the 50D! I will check with Jansen to see if this is how he did it or if there was a mistake lost in translation. Thank you Piotr :)

  2. Mansgame Avatar
    Mansgame

    When did High Schools get the budget to buy $10,000 of camera gear to go cover college sports? When I was in High School, our paper had one camera and one lens and only covered events in the High School.

    1. Mikayla Avatar
      Mikayla

      I know Jansen personally, and he works for all of his gear! He works through his photography and he is grear at it! He has a goal and he reaches it every time

  3. LSU Dude Avatar
    LSU Dude

    Sorry but this kid isn’t a photographer FOR LSU. He shot an LSU game. He didn’t work for LSU Football. I know the guys who do the work for them and it’s an entirely different level than this guy. This kid put a GoPro on a stick, they put GoPros on cheerleaders and throw them in the air, fly them around on drones, and do some amazing work.

    Worse off, he actually broke several rules and might cost the publication that credentialed him their spot since no one under the age of 18 is allowed to work using credentials.

    1. JP Danko Avatar
      JP Danko

      Does the FAA know that they put GoPros on drones and fly them around football games? I’m guessing that might just be breaking a rule or you know, federal laws. Sorry – low blow but I couldn’t resist.

      1. Mike Avatar
        Mike

        The stadium is private property.

        1. Michael Clark Avatar
          Michael Clark

          The airspace over private property is not privately controlled.

  4. pro photographer Avatar
    pro photographer

    I know the LSU photographers and he is not one. He is a wanna-be and is mis representing himself

  5. Steve Franz Avatar
    Steve Franz

    Mitch
    I am the LSU photographer and he is not employed by me or a part of my student staff. Had you researched your story, you would have contacted me. This kid is mis representing himself.

    1. Pete (UCLA) Avatar
      Pete (UCLA)

      I don’t know why you or the others that commented would think this high schooler is employed by LSU or mis representing anything. It seems pretty clear to me reading this that he got credentials from a publication of some sort like the 95% of us shooting college games. Obviously, not everyone on the field is employed by the university……. Congrats Jansen, I am inspired by your achievements!!

      1. nviledn5 Avatar
        nviledn5

        Before the post was amended, the article was written to sound as though the kid worked for the program itself, which he does not.

  6. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Seriously, would it hurt to clean the lens on your GoPro occasionally?

  7. JP Danko Avatar
    JP Danko

    Wow, are sideline photogs always this crusty? I could care less what his work looks like – although it looks pretty darn good to me – what I am impressed with is a high school student that #1 had the ambition to get himself into an event with his camera #2 had a plan to get his work onto a few of the world’s most popular photography websites – and pulled it off #3 made the most out of an opportunity. If you’ve ever tried to hire a millennial – you’ll know that what Jansen’s got is not common and I would hire him in a second.

    1. Mike Avatar
      Mike

      (assuming you mean “couldn’t care less”) The only thing about him you don’t care about is if his work is any good?

  8. Matt M. Avatar
    Matt M.

    You rock dude, good stuff for the younger generation! PS where did you get that red canon nfl cap? I like it a lot.