Multimedia Storytelling JOUR 203

Photo Week 1: Visual Thinking, Shot Variety, Photo Ethics, Captions

Discussion
“What was your hook?”

Comments on Last Homework

Comments on Last Homework

Today’s Goal
Take pictures that capture an event in a format suitable for a newspaper or magazine.

Today’s Goal
Take pictures that capture an event in a format suitable for a newspaper or magazine.
* Basic photo conceptualizing and framing for photojournalism
* AP caption style

Profile Critiques

Photojournalism

Photojournalism
 "The camera is an instrument that

teaches people how to see without a camera." ‐‐ Dorothea Lange

What Photo Editors Look For
 Joe Elbert (Washington Post Photo editor)’s 4

major categories:

What Photo Editors Look For
 Joe Elbert (Washington Post Photo editor)’s 4

major categories:

#1 Informational: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How

 This undated photo released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities

in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday Feb. 28, 2010, shows the newly unearthed 3,400‐year old red granite head, part of a huge statue of the ancient pharaoh Amenhotep III, at the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the city of Luxor. Egypt's Culture Ministry says a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists has unearthed a large head made of red granite of an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt some 3,400 years ago.(AP Photo/ Supreme Council of An9qui9es)

What Photo Editors Look For
 Joe Elbert (Washington Post Photo editor)’s 4

major categories:

#2 Graphic: Attempt to make the mundane interesting through composition

What Photo Editors Look For
 Joe Elbert (Washington Post Photo editor)’s 4

major categories:

#3 Emotional: Cause viewer to feel something about the subject

What Photo Editors Look For
 Joe Elbert (Washington Post Photo editor)’s 4

major categories:

#4 Intimate: Make viewer feel close to the situation or subject

Shot Variety

Overall Shot

Medium Shot

Close-Up Shot

High/Low-Angle Shot

Composition

Rule of Thirds

Lighting

Lighting
 Main light source should generally be behind

you.

Lighting
 Main light source should generally be behind

you.

 Don’t photograph someone in front of a window

(same rule really)

Photo Ethics
 3 Basic Approaches:  #1 Utilitarian: “The greatest good for the greatest

number of people.”

Photo Ethics
 3 Basic Approaches:

#2 Absolutist: Strict/fundamental about beliefs. i.e. “People have the right to privacy.”

Photo Ethics
 3 Basic Approaches:

#3 The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Don’t Stage Anything!

Don’t Stage Anything!

Don’t Stage Anything!

Don’t Stage Anything!
 Pyramids were

squeezed together digitally to fit the cover's vertical format

Photo Ethics (Digital)

 Clouds were “cloned” in Photoshop to make

it look more severe than it was.

Captions
 Start with the most newsworthy, interesting, or

unusual facts.

Captions
 AP Caption Style:

#1 First sentence describes what the photo shows, in the present tense, and states where and when the photo was made (i.e. Friday, March 5, 2010)

Captions
 AP Caption Style:

#2 The second sentence gives background on the news event or describes why the photo is significant.

Captions
 AP Caption Style:

#3 Stick to two sentences if at all possible, while including relevant information. Try to anticipate what a newspaper editor or reader will need.

Captions
 AP Caption Style:

#4 End with photo credit information.Photographer and affiliation in parentheses.

 Example: (Friday Knight Slice/Jeff Young)

Captions
 AP Caption Style:

#5 Get names of central figures in photographs!

 Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his

teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

Practice
In‐class assignment:

"U of M in three photos." Your editor wants three images for a story titled "My U of M": one overall, one medium, and one close‐up (detail) shot that relates your view of campus. • Each shot should have a caption. • Post to blog before end of class.

Homework
 Photo Assignment #1 (50 points): Capturing an event in

pictures.

Submit three photos of a newsworthy event.


Must include one overall, one medium-shot, and one detail shot.
Each image must include a caption formatted in AP caption style.

Post the three images to the blog – all as one blog post, with the title: Your Name: Event Photos
Approach. Visual Variety, pp. 14-24. (electronic reserve)

 Required Reading: Photojournalism: The Professionals'

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