Getting technical with photography

Oliver Fernandez
Oliver Fernandez, the Photography and Video Support Specialist for the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) at Durham College

Ever wonder who you should turn to when you need help with your camera or other photo needs?

Look no further than Oliver Fernandez, the Photography and Video Support Specialist for the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) at Durham College.

Fernandez provides technical support for photo and video problems that students and faculty may have.

He also is the one who looks after the photo studios when they’re not in use. He will set up specific lighting requirements as well as help keep the studios clean.

Fernandez says that with his role, there are many challenges to overcome. The most prominent one that is faced every school year is with new technology.

“Technology is changing every year, so we are constantly learning what new technology there is and adopting it into our programs and providing state-of-the-art technology to our students,” says Fernandez.

Fernandez has been at Durham College long enough to be teaching about developing film to now using everything in a digital way.

Fernandez has been in his current role for more than 14 years. But before that he originally was in the School of Business & IT by filling in for a faculty member who went on maternity leave.

Fernandez says that he has always had an interest for photography.

“It dates back to the film days, my dad gave me a Nikon FE 35mm film camera, I got interested in photography at a young age,” he says.

Fernandez actually wanted to become a journalist. He did graduate from the Durham College journalism program in 2001.

He attended the program after he first graduated from York University with a degree in political science. After graduating York and working for two years, Fernandez thought that he had no interest in political science.

That’s when he came to Durham College, completed the journalism program and has been part of the School of Media, Arts & Design since.

When he’s not providing technical help, Fernandez says that in his spare time, he likes to shoot lots of photos and videos as well as go snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding and working out at the gym.