Presentation on theme: "Photojournalism. Goal of Photojournalism Selecting story telling photographs that can convey the fullest, most accurate sense of the situation photographed."— Presentation transcript:
Goal of Photojournalism Selecting story telling photographs that can convey the fullest, most accurate sense of the situation photographed
Goal of Photojournalism Engage the heart and mind of a viewer with a compelling version of truth that results from bearing witness or a situation or event.
Age of the Visual Journalist Visually intense society raised on millions of pictures. Average of 5000 images a day in a variety of forms. Role of the photographer and writer are changing.
The Visual Journalist Combined role of writer, photographer, researcher, and graphics designer. Requires a new mindset and vision The “meaning business” Marriage of words, images, and designs to convey information
Narrative thread Difference in visual story telling vs photo illustrated texts is the narrative thread or sequence that tells a story. Today to most readers, images are more powerful and capture more attention, than text.
Active vs.. Passive photographs Active Show real people engaged in real events in real time Example: James Natchway’s images of starving mothers and children in the Sudan. Passive Show people in in situations in which their essential purpose is to have their picture taken for the newspaper. Example: Rick Sammon’s travel images
Context of the Photograph Photographers and photo editors must strive to give an accurate image of an event or person rather than something taken out of context that makes a good image.
Time and Speed Printed news services and especially the web require almost instantaneous news from around the world. Photo editing decisions must now be done in minutes and seconds instead of hours and days
Photo editing Current decision making constraints require a strong background in news, ethical judgement and philosophical base.
Photo Captions Photos engage the eye, captions should engage the mind A way to go beyond what the viewer can already see It all starts with the photographer who was there and captures the moment
Tips for good captions Point out subtleties not apparent to the viewer Point out ambiguities and prevent viewer misunderstanding Use quotes that add depth to the storytelling image Explain technical information Relate to the four non visual senses