Sherman Shares May 2010 Newsletter

X-rays, Photography and Chiropractic Education:
Sherman Student Nazar Kharivsky
Makes the Combo Work

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Milliken Park in Spartanburg

Nazar Kharivsky enjoys sharing the insights he has discovered about taking good x-rays and taking good photographs. He’s mastering both skills at Sherman, one in the classroom and the other as a new hobby.

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Taking a fossa reading

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Skeleton in the Library

 “For example,” Nazar says, “we know that in order to eliminate motion blur and get a sharp x-ray image, we need to have short exposure time. It is the same in photography: if I need to get a sharp image, I set a fast shutter speed.

Originally from Ukraine, Nazar is a 13th quarter student introduced to chiropractic when he came to the United States 10 years ago.  

Because he was playing soccer in high school at that time, he was getting checked by a local chiropractor, Dr. Harold Privette, about once per week. After Nazar graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a bachelor of science degree in biology, he enrolled at Sherman. During the past few years, he has been shadowing Dr. Privette at his office in Union, SC, where he says he has gained a lot of experience.


Larry cheers the Amazing Racers

About two years ago, Nazar decided to get a digital camera. Although he knew nothing about photography and had very little experience with point-and-shoot cameras, his research pointed him to a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. After about six months of studying photography and different camera systems, he made his final decision on which camera to buy. 

When he got the camera, Nazar dutifully read the manual and started taking pictures, posting them to online photo forums for critique. Meanwhile, he read more and more about photography online. This is how he developed his photography hobby.

Gerardi Bust

Bust of Dr. Thom Gelardi in the Atrium

At he same time, he was taking the Advanced Clinical Radiology class at Sherman College, and he began to find parallels in the concepts of radiology and photography.

“Before we take an x-ray, we always collimate to reduce scatter radiation and to get a sharper image,” Nazar explains. “In photography, I reduce the aperture opening in order to get a sharper photo with greater depth of field.” In radiology class Nazar also studied the speed of screen: the faster the screen, the more efficient in converting x-ray beams into visible light. Hence, we need less exposure time, which converts into less radiation for the patient. He drew another parallel to photography, particularly the ISO setting, which is the camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. “When there is less available light, I need to increase sensor sensitivity in order to keep a fast shutter speed (fast exposure time) which allows me to capture a sharp image,” Nazar says.


Benches on the plaza

Nazar says taking and studying digital x-ray images at Sherman has enhanced his understanding of both radiology and photography. “Since we use digital x-ray systems in the Health Center, it makes it very fast and easy to preview x-ray images,” he says. “All it takes is a couple of minutes to scan the cassette and preview an image on the computer monitor. This is very convenient as we can correct an x-ray immediately if the exposure did not come out right the first time. If you have ever taken an A-P open mouth or A-P lumbopelvic view you’ll understand what I mean, and you will appreciate a digital x-ray system,” he says.

Nazar captures the personal experiences of the CCX Challenge

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On the road to the CCX Challenge

Dr. Kevin Power

Dr. Kevin Power at CCX

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Falling into the arms of friends


Trust takes concentration


Victory - Meeting the CCX Challenge

Today, most people use digital cameras, and just like with digital x-rays, users are able to preview captured images in a few seconds. Nazar appreciates the time-saving element since he does not have to develop films or even use film in his camera. However, he does spend a lot of time in the “digital darkroom” to adjust photos to his liking. While he does not plan to be a professional photographer, he does want to do his best when taking photos of his family and friends and places and events that he visits.

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Driving the Deere at the Christian Chiropractic Club Cookout


Petunias at the Health Center

One important lesson Nazar has learned about photography is that it does not matter what type of SLR camera you use to capture your images. You may be able to afford the latest, greatest and the most expensive camera in the world, but if you do not spend your time taking photos, learning different techniques and learning all of the features of your camera, your photos will not look much different than snapshots taken with regular point and shoot camera.

Many people think that if they have a big, expensive, and impressive piece of gear, their photos will look just like the ones in magazines, says Nazar. “I hate to disappoint you,” he admits, “but there is no ‘masterpiece’ button on any professional camera. The camera is just a tool that helps you create your own art.”

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Student plaza with concrete Larry

Nazar uses the focus of his camera to set the mood of the picture so that he gets more than a snapshot of a face: a portrait that expresses the personality of the subject.

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Sem Holloway at the Biltmore Estate


Teresa Williams in the x-ray lab


Arthur Brennan at The Amazing Race


Joanne Shaw filing in the health center

“Think about your education in the same way,." Nazar says. "It does not matter if you go to the most prestigious and most expensive chiropractic (or any) school in the world. If you do not spend your time practicing and learning all you can learn, you’ll be just another person who graduated from THAT famous school. The educational facility and the textbooks are just tools that enable you to become a professional, but you have to put some effort into it. Do not blame the camera for bad pictures – most of the time it the fault of the photographer.”



Along with the philosophy and the science of chiropractic, there is the art. In chiropractic, like photography, it is the precision and experience of the practitioner that brings out the innate vitality that already exists in the medium.

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