Top 10 tools of the trade, in my humble opinion...
- 1. A desire for storytelling
- 2. Camera gear
- So, you have a camera. So what. Not impressed...unless you know how to use it on M. If you don't know what shooting on M means, then refer to #3.
- Which of the following categories are you in?
- The Minimalist: One camera body. One variable lens. One smartphone.
- The Middle Man: Two camera bodies and several lenses. And you have several cool photo apps on your phone!
- The Pro: At least 2 DSLR camera bodies that also shoot video; at least three fixed f/2.8 lenses. Two flashes. Mobile light gear. One GoPro camera. Remote transmitters. Monopod. Audio mics. MAC laptop. And 1 smartphone with lots of apps.
- Here's me and BGSU photographer Craig Bell:
- — Lori King (@intro2pj)Fri, Oct 31 2014 14:28:34Got gear? Image for #collegemedia14 workshop: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204277276639559&set=t.1457706349&type=3&theater …
- Don't forget to learn and shoot video, too! Most newspapers require video stories for their websites, so you have to do double-duty: Stills and video
- The following is an example of using both: it's a simple feature story that also includes music:
- And don't forget about the software you can use to upload, select, edit and transmit those photos. Here are a few sites to explore:
- 3. Educate yourselves
- Know your camera controls. The following interactive tutorial was designed by former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette chief photographer and current Penn State professor John Beale >
Photojournalism: Tools of the Trade
So you want to be a photojournalist or visual storyteller. Warning: There's more to this profession than taking pretty pictures: It is technical and competitive, but very rewarding! In this tutorial, I'll count down what I deem are 10 of the top tools of the trade you'll need to get you started.
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