Have you ever wondered where many photos of McMahon sports photos come from? Many swimmers and soccer players post photos of themselves competing, but many people don’t know who the photographer is. Nick Chacon ('20) is the man behind the camera who is able to capture the thrill of the moment as it happens, in one picture.
It all started when he stumbled across his father’s 2010 Canon camera back in 2015, when he was just a freshman.
“I became eager to put the camera to use. Once I picked it up, I never put it down," Chacon says.
If you were to look through a portfolio of Chacon’s works, you’d find that all of his photos seem to catch the perfect moment. Many people question how he's able to take the perfect picture at the precise moment.
For someone who does photography purely as a hobby, his work is outstanding. Chacon has taught himself how to perfect his photography through his past photo experiences. His pictures now come more naturally than before.
“It feels satisfying when I capture the shot just how I picture it in my head," he says.
Chacon taught himself to perfect his photography by researching other photographers and their work. He has never taken classes to help him.
“Whenever I liked a photographer's work, I mimicked them and when I thought an effect they used was cool, I’d look up tutorials on how to do them for my own pictures."
Chacon likes many styles of photography, claiming he doesn't want to limit himself to one style. One style he’s been interested in lately is a style called "Light Writing". This type of style has been around for a while but right when he saw it, he instantly had ideas.
Light Writing is a type of photography style where you set the camera's shutter speed for a long time and the aperture lowers so that it looks like a continuous flow of light. The final product resembles a cool chaos of light.
Chacon is also known for taking portraits of people. A lot people ask him for photoshoots, ending with his photos being posted on social media. According to Chacon, there’s more to portraits than just the main person of focus.
“The background has to be interesting, there’s no point in taking a picture of someone if the background is boring.”
Even though Chacon only takes photos for a hobby, his final products are nothing short of talent. A big percentage of the student body here at McMahon have Chacon to thank for their sports photos and portraits. Every year, Chacon continues to fascinate with his work.