By Katie Velichko

Foothill High School student, age 18

“Last Thursday, we attended a monthly meeting at the Bee as part of a collaboration with Sacramento area schools and CSJI,” explained Steve Dommer, a fhspress.com advisor. “Long story short, I brought four editors, including Ruvim. Upon arriving at the Bee, I gave a copy of our paper to CSJI Director Steve O’Donoghue, who showed it Pam Dinsmore, a Sac Bee big-wig, who gave it to the Bee’s managing editor, Tom Negrete.”

“About 20 minutes into the meeting,” continued Dommer, “that Bee managing editor interrupted and wanted ‘to speak to the student responsible for this,’ he said as he pointed at the copy of our paper. Ruvim left with him and resurfaced about a half hour later, having been introduced to a number of Bee staff members and offered an internship at the Bee upon his graduation from Foothill. I have no doubt that this will change his life. He loves working with Photoshop and photography … and getting internships at the Bee is close to impossible.”

That’s how fhspress.com’s photo editor, Ruvim Noga, ended up with an internship offer with the Bee. The following is an excerpt from my interview with Noga.

A previous cover of fhspress.com's newspaper, depicting the causes of sleep deprivation.

A previous cover of fhspress.com’s newspaper, depicting the causes of sleep deprivation.

fhspress.com: How did you first get started using Photoshop?

Ruvim: “A friend of mine gave me a copy of Photoshop back in 2009. At that time I didn’t know anything about Photoshop. It wasn’t until 2010 that I started to actually use it. After looking through some Photoshopped pictures that another artist made, I thought, why not make some myself? I opened Photoshop and started making some really pixilated and low-quality pictures that looked like they were made by a newbie. Even though my work didn’t look like much, I persisted and inspired myself to do more. It wasn’t until my junior year that I really learned how to use Photoshop. I came upon a website (Worth1000.com) where all the Photoshopped pictures are showcased. Now a winner of several medals, a fan base, and respect from higher artists, I am still striving for perfection and realism.

fhspress.com: How would you describe a great picture?

Ruvim: A great picture for me is a picture that’s full of details.

fhspress.com: What is the signature touch that represents you in the finished work?

Another piece of Noga's artwork, a cover used to depict Foothill's 'Gradegate Scandal'.

Another piece of Noga’s artwork, a cover used to depict Foothill’s ‘Gradegate Scandal’.

Ruvim: Really bright and saturated with a touch of orange and yellow sunlight. I like to make bright and happy photos, not much of a dark art fan.

fhspress.com: What is your favorite aspect about being a digital artist?

Ruvim: It’s not as messy as painting with brushes, and there’s a lot more flexibility with what to create. Ohh, and you get an awesome feature like Ctrl+Z.

fhspress.com: What are going to do as an intern for Sac Bee?

Ruvim: Don’t know yet, I’m guessing something that’s going to be life-changing.

fhspress.com: What do you plan to do after you finish your internship at Sac Bee?

Ruvim: I plan on finishing college, and making awesome pictures.