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Photojournalism

Photojournalism is an area of photography dedicated to taking accurate shots of current events. The basic mission of a photojournalist is to take pictures to accompany a news story (whether it is broadcast or published in a newspaper). However, truly great photojournalism pictures shouldtell the story before the text or

broadcaster does. Photojournalism pictures attempt to capture the viewer’s attention and emotion to entice him to continue listening to or reading about the story. Think of newspaper covers with large, dramatic shots of the latest current event: these pictures reflect the articles’ titles while adding a dynamic edge to story by visually communicating the pathos of the event.

Photojournalists and Ethics

A key aspect of photojournalism is to present accurate pictures that don’t compromise the integrity of the actual situation. Consequently, altering pictures with computer software is considered taboo among serious photojournalists and news organizations. This code of ethics is one of the central features of photojournalism that distinguishes it from other areas of photography.

Careers in photojournalism can be destroyed by even a hint of photo manipulation. For this reason, many photojournalists prefer to use traditional film rather than digital cameras. Although digital cameras allow photojournalists to review photos immediately in the field, digital images are easier to manipulate than film negatives.

 

If living life on a schedule is for you, then forget a career in free-lance journalism, This job means living your life between assignments. It grinds up photographers. You have to love it. The beauty of journalism (the real news opposed to features) is timing. If you’re not there when it’s happening, you’ve got no story.

Personal time and work time may become a continuum. We are offering these six steps on how to make it in the world of photojournalism.
1). You must be self-motivated and have unbelievable flexibility. Did you say you wouldn’t be available on weekends? Oh yes you can. Late at night? Early in the morning? Most papers have large staffs Monday through Friday between the hours of nine and five. Assignments for freelancers are limited during those times.
2). examine your motives.
There are much more lucrative ways to get paid and it has been said that a photographer can make a better living doing baby portraits than in free-lance photojournalism. So why do people do this? First it’s the adrenaline experience of shooting an assignment, especially news or a major cultural event.

 

The word "portrait" has had a fairly strict definition for ages. From the days of Rembrandt and Carravagio through modern photographic masters like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, the portrait has remained a constant. While techniques and technology have changed, the concept is timeless.
Although new media like the Internet have drastically altered the way many of us view images, the demand for fresh and original image-makers hasn’t waned. Today, in the commercial and editorial photography worlds, the term "portrait" is being pushed, pulled, and massaged in an effort to break through the visual clutter of modern life.
While classic portraits like those shot of high-school seniors, babies, and brides have changed little in the past 35 years, those shooting for magazines have found themselves reinventing their portrait techniques at least once a decade.
Today, clients demand innovative and interesting techniques for photographing people.

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