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Gizmodo’s Shooting Challenge Opening Night: A Recap
November 15, 2012 | 12:30PM

Yesterday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening event for Gawker Media’s Gizmodo SHOOTING CHALLENGE (all caps, EXTREME!) inspired by Intel. The Shooting Challenge is an ongoing feature on Gizmodo that gives readers a photography brief to fulfill by a certain deadline, and then a winner is chosen from the resulting submissions. This particular event featured the resulting shots of six photographers, who were given different challenges to complete in various locations across the US (Boston, Austin, Miami and San Francisco), in Costa Rica and in Paris. The photographers only had two or three days to shoot in their assigned locations, and to document, Gizmodo sent a production crew with each one to film the experience. Intel factored into the equation by providing Ultrabooks to each photographer for the purpose of photo editing; these come equipped with a super long-lasting battery, which can withstand up to eight hours of use.

I am not a photography expert by any means, but like most people, I can appreciate a good photograph. There were lots of those (as predicted) at White Box, and each photographer had three shots displayed on the walls to showcase their experiences in each location. My wing-man for the evening was one of our photographers, Molly Beauchemin, who filled me in on how difficult some of the shots must’ve been to get right. See also: IMPRESSIVE! We were also impressed by the Sandy relief donation challenge, the incentive for which was 1) helping people, and 2) being a top eighteen donor who’d receive one of the photos from the show.

We also explored the area downstairs devoted to photo booths, each representing the individual photographers’ experiences with backdrops and props. Guests could then use Instagram on the Ultrabooks to snap photos of themselves, and hilarity and/or excitement ensued. We were most impressed by the facial hair props; I look pretty good with a beard if I do say so myself. The photos taken there (and also preexisting photos from Instagram) could be “Instaprinted” upstairs, meaning you’d receive a wallet-sized snapshot of the photo you chose to print out. They were experiencing some wifi difficulties for a bit, but it seemed things were up and running again fairly quickly.

In terms of the photos on display, my favorites were from Steven Taylor, who was assigned to shoot in Paris. They were all pretty nice-looking, though, and I have to give props to Taylor Davidson, who shot his photos with his Android. And while I can’t say I’m the biggest car aficionado, I CAN say that Douglas Sonders took some really amazing shots of ridiculous spaceship-esque vehicles in Miami. We actually asked him a little bit about how he got started with photography in the first place, and here’s what he had to say:

“I was super shy. I worked in a restoration shop working on old cars in high school, and I thought I’d eventually design cars; that was going to be my passion, like I’d draw them and stuff. But I was shy, a little bit awkward and strange, and I found that a camera was the only opportunity that I really smiled. I felt normal and happy, and it allowed me to talk to people.”

A whole ROOM full of them, in fact; last night’s event was jam-packed with guests, all marveling at shots like these:

To see all the photos up-close and personal, head to White Box @ 329 Broome Street tonight, or just check out the behind-the-scenes stuff here.

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