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Quinn poynter photojournalism_basics

  1. 1. What makes a photo great?Sara Quinn, The Poynter Institute
  2. 2. Composition and framingQuality of lightPerspectiveLayeringMomentCaptioning and presentation …
  3. 3. Rule of thirds
  4. 4. Leading lines
  5. 5. Asymmetrical balance
  6. 6. Perspective and viewpoint
  7. 7. Motion freeze or blur
  8. 8. Foreground, background
  9. 9. Layering
  10. 10. Capturing a moment
  11. 11. Framing
  12. 12. Quality of light
  13. 13. Repetition of shape
  14. 14. Silhouette
  15. 15. An exercise: Let’s crop!
  16. 16. Writing great captionsSara Quinn, The Poynter Institute
  17. 17. Captions are often the mostread text in a publication.
  18. 18. Use captions to engage readers.
  19. 19. Yehudi Menuhin began sharing hismusic at the age of 7, when heastonished a San Franciscoaudience with his violin genius.
  20. 20. Yehudi Menuhin began sharing hismusic at the age of 7, when heastonished a San Franciscoaudience with his violin genius.(This ran with an obituary mug. We alreadyknow from the headline that he had died, so thiswas a great way to give a reader who might bein a hurry more information, and to possiblydraw that reader into the full obituary.)
  21. 21. Check the facts.Be accurate!
  22. 22. Selling bean pies—and traditionBrian Muhammad, a 42-year-old Nationof Islam member, sells bean pies at the cornerof Crenshaw and Slauson in Los Angeles.He has been doing so for 11 years at oneof the busiest intersections for those withsomething to peddle.
  23. 23. Is his name Bryan or Brian?Muhammed or Muhammad?
  24. 24. Is his name Bryan or Brian?Muhammed or Muhammad?Does he sell pies on the cornerof “Crenshaw and Slauson” or“Crenshaw and Slawson?”
  25. 25. Is his name Bryan or Brian?Muhammed or Muhammad?Does he sell pies on the cornerof “Crenshaw and Slauson” or“Crenshaw and Slawson?”Or is it one block north atCrenshaw and Ninth Ave?
  26. 26. Don’t make assumptions.
  27. 27. Don’t editorialize or makeassumptions about whatsomeone in a photo is thinking:“an unhappy voter …” or“a fortunate survivor …”
  28. 28. Brian Muhammed gleefully sellsbean pies at the corner of Crenshawand Slauson in Los Angeles.
  29. 29. Use quotes.
  30. 30. Selling bean pies—and traditionBrian Muhammad, a 42-year-old Nation ofIslam member, sells bean pies at the corner ofCrenshaw and Slauson in Los Angeles. He hasbeen doing so for 11 years at one of the busiestintersections for those with something topeddle. “If you sell enough bean pies,you learn a little about life, like how tosize up a man, if he’s good for a $7 pie,”Muhammad said.
  31. 31. Add supporting information.
  32. 32. Selling bean pies—and traditionBrian Muhammad, a 42-year-old Nation ofIslam member, sells bean pies at the corner ofCrenshaw and Slauson in Los Angeles. He hasbeen doing so for 11 years at one of the busiestintersections for those with something topeddle. “If you sell enough bean pies, you learna little about life, like how to size up a man, ifhe’s good for a $7 pie,” Muhammad said.The Nation of Islam’s tradition of sellingbean pies — and copies of the organization’snewspaper, the Final Call — dates backseveral decades in big cities across the U.S.
  33. 33. Avoid stating the obvious.
  34. 34. Avoid stating the obvious.“Dennis Rodman smiles ashe elbows an opposing playerin the face.”
  35. 35. Make the photo clear.
  36. 36. Ireland—Frolicking on glacial ice on asummer’s day? Part illusion, thanks to EdgarMüller’s perspective painting “The Crevasse.”Created over five days on a pier’s pavement inDún Laoghaire, the faux precipice covers morethan 2,000 square feet.
  37. 37. Avoid using terms like“is shown,” “is pictured”and “looks on.
  38. 38. A photograph capturesa moment in time.
  39. 39. Use present tense to givea sense of immediacy.
  40. 40. Germany—A diver polishing glass joins a radiant displayof sea life in a giant saltwater tank at Berlin’sRadisson Blu Hotel. The ring-shaped AquaDom,some 80 feet high with an elevator inside,holds about 1,500 tropical fish.
  41. 41. Descriptions are helpful, like“the person dressed in black,”“holding the water hose,” etc.
  42. 42. New York—For those who don’t want to wear anitsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dotbikini, Aheda Zenetti has designed thebigsy wigsy sunny screeny crimson plainpolyester burqini.
  43. 43. Germany—A boxy Trabant scoots past other Cold Warvestiges at Checkpoint Charlie, where theimage of a U.S. soldier looks into formerEast Berlin. A Russian soldier on the pole’sreverse faces what was the American sideof the crossing.
  44. 44. Avoid being overly descriptive.
  45. 45. Reader’s will see for themselvesif a scene is dramatic, horrifying,rainy, brightly lit, etc.
  46. 46. Consider the final presentationof your project.
  47. 47. Try not to repeat somethingfrom the headline or story.

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