Here are some things to keep in mind for shooting your gallery photos:
—People are (almost) always more interesting than objects. The strength of your photo gallery will come from lots of pictures involving people. If you’re attending a farmer’s market get lots of shots of people buying and selling items. If you’re attending an art exhibit get lots of shots of people admiring the art. If you’re attending a sporting event, get lots of photos of not just the athletes but the people in the stands reacting to what’s taking place. Yes, objects are sometimes interesting and important as well, but people are where we get emotions and actions.
—Don’t be shy. I know it might feel uncomfortable at times, but good photos don’t come from standing against a wall with the rest of the crowd. Get in there and take photos like a journalist.
—Get closer. You’re not going to get interesting shots from 50 yards away. Move in and get close shots of your subjects. Don’t be afraid. You’re a journalist and this is your job.
—Write interesting captions. Your captions should provide interesting and important information about what we’re seeing (i.e. people’s full names, a description of what we’re looking at, and some sense of why it’s important/interesting).
—Get a lot of variety. If you’re shooting a food festival we don’t need to see three different shots of the same food truck. If you’re shooting a concert we don’t need six different wide shots of the crowd. Move around and make sure that every single photo is somehow different from all the rest.
—Bring the scene to life. We weren’t there. You were. Capture people and moments that really give a sense of what this place or event was like. If it was raining, show us a person huddled under an umbrella. If it was cold, show us someone bracing against the chill.