Tulsa Tech Student Wins Photography Competition

Tulsa Tech Student Wins Photography Competition

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for Tulsa Tech student Michael Miller, it was worth a first place state title. This Owasso high school senior was recently announced as winner of the Oklahoma Skills USA photography competition and will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the national competition later this summer.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving instructors, high school students, and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 states and territories, and has served more than 10.5 million members since its founding in 1965.

Competing in the state event required Miller to demonstrate his specific knowledge of both basic and advanced photography concepts in several different ways.

“The competition included submitting a single photograph, then shooting additional photos to illustrate a good knowledge of lighting ratios, followed by a written exam,” Miller explained.
The first place winner used a combination of both his understanding of photography and a photo of one of his favorite subjects to capture the title.

“The theme for this year’s competition was small town charm,” Miller explained. “I really enjoy working with cars and my photo was of a 1950’s Thunderbird that I’d seen parked next to the curb in downtown Okmulgee.”

Miller enjoys working with cars the most, but says the same guidelines usually apply regardless of his subject matter or theme.

“Shooting a car is pretty much like anything else,” Miller said. “Keep the distractions out of the background, have good lighting, watch out for unwanted reflections, and make sure it’s focused.”

For now Miller is keeping his options open, but ultimately he would like to combine two of his interests into one successful career.

“I’d really like to be able to use my skills as a photographer to shoot photos of cars, possibly drag racing, or basically anything else to do with cars,” he said.

Joey Johnson, a photography instructor at Tulsa Tech, thinks his student has the opportunity to be successful in whatever future education and career experiences he chooses, and that all of the students benefit from participating in Skills USA.

“Michael has really developed into a talented photographer with the knowledge and skills of a great student,” Johnson said. “Skills USA enhances these qualities while allowing the student a chance to compete and compare their work to others.”

Miller is one of the excellent examples of the many high school students within the metro area that attend Tulsa Tech not only to learn new career fields, but also to become involved in one of the student organizations which offer numerous opportunities to expand their leadership potential and develop additional skills for life. We are proud of Michael for winning the state competition, but more importantly, we’re proud of the example he set each day as a successful student.

If you’re currently looking for quality business and industry training, tuition-free classes for high school students, or would simply like to zoom in on a new career, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5200 or visit us online at www.tulsatech.edu.

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