Two Salisbury University student photographers honed their media skills this summer, working for creative marketing agency OzTech Media, an advertiser for Maryland-founded sports brand Under Armour.
Senior Emmanuel Moore, who has prior experience in sports photography working with the Salisbury Baseball team, was hired promptly after OzTech reviewed his work.
His portfolio also includes photography and videography produced for several YouTubers and members of the Salisbury Softball team.
Moore works as a content creator for OzTech, doing graphic design work, videography and photography for Under Armour’s UANext program.
"A typical day at work consisted of meetings on goals, followed by editing clips, editing photos and sorting and filling of photos,” Moore said. His work also involved traveling to Baltimore, Chicago and Florida to shoot photos and videos for social media.
Justin Oates, also a senior, has experience filming Salisbury sports such as football and lacrosse, as well as weddings and senior photoshoots.
Oates said he enjoys the travel opportunities that working on Under Armour social media provides, such as going to Chicago and working a photography event that has been going on for six years. “ It is good to be a part of the return,” Oates said.
Moore's favorite experience flew him to Bradenton, Florida, to photograph the top 50 high school football players at IMG Academy.
Moore and Oates also traveled to the Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore to capture at an event called "The Workout," where top athletes from a variety of sports gathered to tour the facility.
Both events were challenging for Moore because he had “never worked on large scale projects [like that] with multiple teams editing and recording."
The photographers also had to adapt to new equipment OzTech provided - a “learning opportunity” for Moore who could “learn to shoot with larger camera set ups” and work as part of a team.
"I learned more at the one event shooting than I did since starting photography," Moore said.
Oates said the position helped him feel “comfortable in uncomfortable situations” when using his camera.
Both photographers said they hope to continue improving their skills at OzTech and beyond. Oates explained his passion for sports photography, saying, “capturing these moments is everything."
By HAILEY DEARES
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Moore