Sherman Shares May
X-rays, Photography and Chiropractic Education:
Sherman Student Nazar Kharivsky
Makes the Combo Work
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.
Taking a fossa reading
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
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.
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,”
Nazar captures the personal experiences of the CCX Challenge
On the road to the CCX Challenge
Dr. Kevin Power at CCX
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.
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
Student plaza with concrete
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.
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.