Matt Standal

Photojournalist, reporter, writer, skier and former professional scuba diving instructor

Posts by Matt Standal

Shooting the USA Wrestling World Team Trials

  I’ve been fortunate to meet and interview several Olympic athletes while working as a journalist, and it’s always a great opportunity. My memorable┬áinterviews include Olympic gold-medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong and gold-medal halfpipe snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington while working at KTVB in Idaho. However, last Saturday’s event was a bit different. That’s because I was fortunate
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Creating a professional documentary by the numbers – cost, flexibility, time

How do I produce a documentary video shot over five months on a very small budget? That’s a question I’ve been trying to answer solve since October 2014, when I began planning my first documentary film, The Hokkaido Backcountry Project. I knew there would be three major factors to consider: buying a camera, building my
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Creating the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

I’ve been working with Black Diamond Lodge in Niseko, Japan along with Dragon Helicopter from the island of Honshu to create the Hokkaido Backcountry Project Kickstarter. Building a Kickstarter can be difficult — especially when you’re working with partners in different time zones. To better pursue our goal, I have researched and built a custom
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Shooting ‘Survivor’ in Nicaragua

The rash started spreading from my wrists to my arms, then the back of my hands swelled up. I was hiking through the Nicaraguan jungle – a cloud forest to be exact – and it was pouring rain. The rain was warm, and it dripped from huge leaves in the dark canopy above. The path
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Trinity Ridge Fire — one year later

I recently had the opportunity to mountain bike into the popular Trinity Lakes area in the Boise National Forest before peak season. My objective was to survey and photograph the damage left by the 140,000-acre Trinity Ridge Fire in 2012. I knew the jeep road to the peaks would be closed, so I loaded up my
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Beautiful landscapes with a budget DSLR

After several years of shooting only video and news stills, I recently began working to produce higher quality landscape images with my budget priced Canon T3i DSLR. Living in beautiful southwest Idaho is my excuse — and a good one, I might add. Since I’m shooting on a cropped sensor, 18 megapixel, Canon T3i DSLR,
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Data Projects — The New Journalism

  The line between journalist and coder is beginning to blur. These days, more TV stations and newspapers are jumping on the mobile app bandwagon, forming development teams made of journalists and quasi-journalist progammers. Many of their projects (products) are justifiably aimed at bringing an organization’s news content to mobile devices such as iPhones, Android
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How Mobile News Gathering Changed the Mainstream Media in 2011

Here’s what you should expect next: Though many tech analysts have dubbed 2011 as the year social media finally came of age, it might as well have been the year that mobile video, images, and texts turned global media outlets upside-down. In short: 2011 was also the year that mobile news gathering came of age.
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The Role of the Multimedia Journalist

As a multimedia journalist I operate with critical efficiency.

The legendary Moray Eels of Big Island

Perfectly framed by the classic 1970’s adventure flick “The Deep,” (1977) the tenuous relationship between divers and big eels is always a good topic of scuba conversation. Dive Instructors in some tourist destinations go as far as to name big eels and give them cut-up hotdogs by hand. Not me. Photo Courtesy Hawaii State Fishing
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