Tips for incorporating photos into your reporting

“Often, reporters find themselves in the middle of something newsworthy or interesting, so basic photography skills are critical for anyone who considers herself or himself a journalist.” – JournalismNext

1. The best camera is the one you have with you.
Use your cell phone, a point-and-shoot, your sister’s camera. The important thing is to have a camera with you.

There is a lot you can do with a cell phone.See:
The Beginners’ Lens
-Dial P for Photo
-Through My Eye, Not Hipstamatic
Street photography and Instagram photobooks by @koci

2. Try some mobile photo tools and photo sharing websites
WordPress mobile
Instagram
Flickr
Check out this list of mobile photo editing apps (RJI Mobile Journalism Reporting Tools Guide)

3. Explore
Give yourself an education in photojournalism. Look at websites, books, and exhibitions. Start with Lens.

Other photo sites:

4.  Learn what makes a good photo
To begin to understand why some photographs are better than others, incorporate some basic rules of composition into your photography.

See 10 Top Photography Composition Rules

5. Learn to organize and manage your images

6. Learn to edit your images
Always create a copy. Do not edit the original.

Photoshop is the standard editing tool. But there are other programs like Windows Picture Editor, iPhoto, etc.

Pixels – a visual representation of data in a digital image or graphic (megapixel = 1 million pixels or 3.2 megapixels = 11 X 14 photograph)

Resolution – number of pixels per inch (ppi) in an image.

-72 ppi for web
-200 ppi for newspapers
-300 ppi+ for magazines

  • Rotate (Image>Rotate Canvas in Photoshop)
  • Save for Web

7. Pay attention to how news orgs are using reader photos

8. Practice. Practice. Practice.

-Don’t know what that button is for? Try it.
-A variety of shots. Tight, medium, wide shots.
-Variety of angles.
-Where is the light?
-Rule of thirds?
-Get closer.

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