We had 401 responses on paper survey cards that we gave to individuals all over the church and at church events. These responses came from a variety of ages, areas, and involvement levels. Almost all responses were acquired on site except for a group of 55 years and older who filled out response cards while on a bus trip.
1 ) Event/class/location you are at right now?
Various groups with age ranges from teens up to retirees
How You Heard
2 ) You heard about this event/class from…?
30 percent — bulletin
26 percent — another person
16 percent — from an announcement
Do you have Internet at Home?
Whatever you are covering, there are three shots every photographer should bring back to the newsroom: The overall shot, the medium shot, and the close-up. These are your must haves.
The overall shot
Often a wide angle or expansive shot that provides an overall view establishing the scene. This image letâ€™s the viewer see how the subject(s) is/are oriented in relationship to the whole scene.
Take a street festival for exampleâ€¦the overall shot may show the expanse of the street lined with vendor booths and crowded with people with a perspective from a high vantage point. This image lets the viewer see how big this event really is.
The medium shot
This shot is the basic story teller shot. It lets the viewer see the subject close enough to view their actions but not so tight that they are secluded from their environment or people they are interacting with.
Back to the street festival exampleâ€¦the medium shot may show a street vendor interacting with a customer and leaves enough environment to place the interaction at the festival.
The close up
This shot pulls out details that support the other two shots. By narrowing the field of view, it forces the viewer to come closer and, in effect, enter the scene themselves. A close up gives the viewer that personal view of even small details that make up the whole of the scene.
In the street festival, the close up may be the sticky fist of a child holding an ice cream cone and framed by an equally sticky face or the intricate carving of an artisanâ€™s craft.
By making sure youâ€™ve got these three covered, youâ€™re going to have a much better chance of coming back with not just one image that â€œworksâ€ but getting a story in images that will help you show what you saw and keep your editor happy.
This is the second part of a two-part entry. Part I covers tips for Journalists, while Part II covers tips for Photojournalists.
As a journalist, staying practiced up is something that’s a must. Whether you’re a student, a stringer or a full-time staffer, you’ve got stay on top of your game. I call it keeping your pencil sharp for journalists and your lenses warm for photojournalists. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
Tips for keeping your lenses warm:
- Shoot. Evaluate. Shoot better. Always evaluate your work. Look through the contact sheets and see what worked and what didnâ€™t. Then figure out what you need to do more of and what you need to avoid so you can do it better next time. Continue reading