Saturday, May 09, 2009
Your iReports, our tips: #5

Photography is a cornerstone of great journalism, and it’s something I’m passionate about. So, this week I wanted to give iReportland some tips for taking superb snapshots.

Rule of thirds
Before you put the subject smack-dab in the middle of the frame, stop yourself. Imagine the frame is split up into three equal parts, both vertically and horizontally. Try to place the subject in one-third of the frame. The photo will have a compelling composition because the subject will have room to move out of the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

Frame elements
Take a look at the photo to the left because it’s a good example of framing. Try to snap photos that have foreground elements, like these tree branches, to create a frame around the subject. This adds depth, and it makes for pretty pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take lots of pictures
My photojournalism professor taught me a valuable lesson: Take as many photos as you can. The more frames you take, the better the chance that you’ll come up with something you like. Once you leave the scene or the event is over, that’s it. It’s better to have more photos to work with than not enough.

 

Here's a challenge: Pick up that camera and start practicing these tricks!

8 Comments
May 10, 2009
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I put up pictures of the Richard Nixon Library, I had to do four separate reports due to how many pictures I took.  The reports are in order of part 1 2 3 4 but of course they came out backwards in order on iReports.  I really wanted them to been viewed in order for the journalistic view of the Library, I guess I should have posted them in reverse.  Please take a look.

May 12, 2009
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I saw the story assignment of show us a picture of your bike....

 

How about another couple of assignments....

 

How about...."Show the world how you helped someone in need".

 

How about...."show the world how you prevented a crime"

 

How about...."show the world how you got someone a job".

 

I am sure there a lots of people who have bikes....but the world needs to develop skills for the above three things as well.

May 12, 2009

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May 12, 2009
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great advice zdan. thanks!

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