“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
The web is a visual medium. So part of your reporting must be collecting visuals.
1. The best camera is the one you have with you.
Use your point-and-shoot, your sister’s camera, and even your cell phone (See Dial P for Photo). The important thing is to have a camera with you.
Give yourself an education in photojournalism. Look at books, visit photojournalism exhibitions, and visit photojournalism web sites.
For example, start with the blogroll of Lens is the photography blog of The New York Times.
- 1854-British Journal of Photography
- A Photo Editor
- Aperture Foundation
- Big Picture
- Camera Works
- Digital Journalist
- Facing Change
- Interactive Narratives
- LA Times Photography
- Magnum Photos
- Mercury News Photo
- Multimedia Muse
- Multimedia Shooter
- National Geographic
- National Press Photographers
- Nieman Storyboard
- NPR: The Picture Show
- PDN Pulse
- Photo Booth
- Photo Brigade
- Photo Journal
- Rob Galbraith
- State of the Art
- The 37th Frame
- The Click
- The Frame
- The Visual Student
- Verve Photo
- Visura Magazine
3. 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.
6. Learn to edit your images
Always create a copy. Do not edit the original.
Learn the basics:
- 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)
- Tone (How to tone in Photoshop)
- Resize (How to resize an image in Photoshop)
- Enhance or sharpen (After you have resized your image, you can improve the sharpness of the image. How to sharpen image in Photoshop)
- Save for Web
Here is a tutorial on How to Resize and Save Your Photos for the Web Using Photoshop
7. Share your photos – and pay attention to how news orgs are using reader photos
Sharing your photos gives you an audience, and it can help provide an incentive to keep at it. Many online news sites also accept user-submitted photos.
8. Practice. Practice. Practice.
-Don’t know what that button is for? Break out your manual.
-Look for moments. “Photography is all about the moment.”
– A variety of shots. Tight, medium, wide shots.
-Variety of angles.
-Where is the light?
-Rule of thirds?
-”If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”
-Take lots of photos. Then take more.