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Photojournalism

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A definition of photojournalism and things to remember in writing captions for photos. …

A definition of photojournalism and things to remember in writing captions for photos.


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  • 1. Photojournalism is journalism in which a news story is presented primarily through photographs with supplementary written copy called caption/s. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism.
  • 2. Held as the Father or Modern Journalism. His photo “Behind the Gare St. Lazare” has been called as the greatest photograph of the 20th century.
  • 3. Photojournalist/s- is/are the person/s capturing images used in photojournalism. Photojournalists create pictures that contribute to the news media.
  • 4. CAPTION – is the text or body type accompanying photos or artwork or any pictorial illustration and sometimes called cutline or underline. The title or explanatory matter above a photo is called overline.
  • 5. Captions should be closely related to the picture so that the reader may be able to take in picture and caption at a glance.
  • 6. 1. Explain what needs explaining All captions should answer six basic questions; who, what, when, where, how and why. The first sentence should easily take care of who, what, when and where. The rest of the caption explains why and how.
  • 7. 2. Don’t spell out what’s obvious In this photograph, a lone canoeist paddles through the still blue water of the River Arno, Italy.
  • 8. 3. Keep the sentence tight 4. Don’t overload with detail 5. Intrigue just a little Viewed from Philopappos Hill, the temples on the Acropolis still dominate Athens, old and new. Beyond, on the right, is the conical hill of Mount Lycabettus.
  • 9. An Anaphiotika resident studies newspaper cartoons in a living room dominated by a portrait of a son who died of starvation during the Second World War.
  • 10. 1) When you wake up, consider yourself on assignment. 2) Develop your own style and vision, while also mastering the basics. 3) Embrace photojournalism as a business. 4) Self-promote humbly not arrogantly. 5) Retain the rights to your images. 6) Enmesh yourself within the larger photography community. 7) Don’t wait to be handed an assignment. 8) Learn and love video along with stills. 9) Dress appropriately, depending on the assignment. 10) Never work for free.
  • 11. 1. A lone wolf orientation. 2. Single, or have a flexible family life. 3. An Immovable Faith in the Power of an Image. 4. Fearless 5. Fast and Decisive 6. Ability to Self-Edit 7. Competitive, Very 8. Clever 9. Relentless 10. Anointed