After two years as a photojournalist, editor, and microwave/satellite truck operator for WSFL-TV in Fort Lauderdale, Wladimir Moquete was hired as a senior photographer for KIAH-TV CW 39 in Houston, Texas. He’s responsible for all photography at NewsFix, a news program syndicated in the Miami market—as well as photography, video editing, lighting, and directing. With so many responsibilities, it’s obvious that the job can be challenging and unpredictable—and that’s just how he likes it.
Some of Wladimir’s most exciting experiences have included going live on TV while on a submarine, experiencing zero gravity on a NASA tour plane, and meeting Gloria Estefan.
Wladimir, who in 2009 earned an Associate of Science in Video Production from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, believes that his education prepared him for his career—especially the lighting classes. “[These classes] opened my eyes to a new world where I control shadows, color, and highlights.” He recommends that students interested in the video industry learn to be flexible and handle challenges as they come. “Be flexible because you never know what challenges you will face. For example, when shooting outdoors, conditions change. [My education gave me] the knowledge to adapt and make corrections on the fly.”
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