preparation. Furthermore, spot news events are uncontrolled action situations
and your success depends on your ingenuity and awareness.
d. About the only preparation you can do is to be ready.
camera in top operating condition at all times. You must get to the scene now
-- not after you have checked out your camera.
e. When you get to the scene, start shooting.
While you are there, be
aware of what is happening around you. Visual awareness will let you see the
shot that makes the story. Be ready to capture it.
f. Your personal preparation will also help you in spot news assignments.
You should be able to compute exposures, distances, angles, and positions
almost automatically. While you are fumbling with an equivalent exposure, your
counterpart is winning the Pulitzer Prize.
g. You will probably be on your own at the scene.
Therefore, you are
responsible for getting the shots. Keep your viewers in mind. They will see
only what your pictures show them. So show them what happened.
h. When you have covered the news, get back to the lab, process the film,
and print your best shots.