Today's photo reportage.
The daily newspapers' greatest need is spot
news coverage. In addition, they sometimes carry full-page picture stories and
features. The reading public is attracted to these full-page spreads, and it
is just good business to supply them. Technical advances have made it possible
for pictures of news events to flash across the continent and around the world,
making photo reportage available to the public within minutes after an event
has taken place.
Staffers and free-lancers.
Stories on war or social and economic
problems throughout the world are often covered by professional "staffers."
Because of their skill as photojournalists, these events are brought before the
public with tremendous emotional and visual impact. The mud, blood, and guts,
as well as a jubilant victory, in a war being fought on the other side of the
world, are often brought before the public the same day the battle is won. But
whether the professional photojournalist is a "free-lancer" or a "staffer," his
pictorial reportage has become a part of our daily lives.
Photojournalism -- a science.
Indeed, photojournalism has attained the
status of a unique and indispensable science; the skills are well defined. The
goal every photojournalist strives to attain is graphic communication
exemplified by the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words."
In your photography the subject is the given
element; the approach and handling are the variables. These variables are what
makes the same subject, photographed by different photographers, appear either
effective and significant or meaningless and dull. Effective photographs are
They are created by the personality, attitude, approach,
imagination, and resourcefulness of the photographer, plus a great deal of hard
work. Know-how is of very little use unless guided by know-why.
Learning Event 2:
LIST PICTURE STORY STEPS
The picture story steps.
A picture story is, as the name indicates, a
story expressed in pictures.
All picture stories are essentially the same,
although each may vary slightly in form, time, style, or content. All have a
beginning, peak of interest, and an ending. In many ways, a picture story is
comparable to a written essay or full-length feature.
The big difference is
that a picture story tells the story with pictures instead of words.
a. The picture story lends itself to many styles.
It can be a brief
sequence of shots or an extensive picture essay. It can be carefully arranged
and posed to achieve a desired effect, or it can be recorded naturally and
informally. Because of the versatility of the picture story, the photographer
b. A picture story can be used to present information, ideas, emotion, or
action in a way that allows the viewer to choose his own pace.
series of events depicted took place over a long period of time or occurred
instantaneously, the viewer is able to study the various photographs at his
leisure. Nothing is more effective than a photograph in recreating an event.