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  • So You Want To Be a Photojournalist

    Posted on June 27th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Photojournalism is basically storytelling through your photographs; just like a regular journalist you must be able to get your story across with the photographs that you take. Photojournalism is simply communicating news to the public same as regular journalist would in the news media but with photographs. This will help tell the store and shape the public’s opinion of that certain event. In photojournalism the 5W + 1H rules apply. These rules are:

    • What?
    • Who?
    • Why?
    • Where?
    • When?
    • How?

    A photo that tells a story will stick out much more often than say a regular photo that does not. The photo should jump out to the audience so that they understand what is going on like they are actually in the event. The following is a list of what would qualify as criteria of photojournalism.

    • Newsworthy
    • Photos of people in their own habitats, not paid actors
    • Photos that tell a story or truth of a scene
    • Photo which can be edited digitally, for example brightness, contrast, and sharpening.

    Photojournalism can also be divided into several classes.

    • Feature News
    • Spot News
    • General News
    • Photo Essays

    A photojournalist must be able to visualize event through their camera and pass on those feelings to their audience. In the end it should be easy for the audience to understand and grasp the situation.

  • Tips on Photographing Religious Events

    Posted on June 25th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Religious events are very important to those participating and some events may not even allow photographers and they do deserve respect. First and foremost do not cause unwanted attention if you are photographing a religious event. Any type of disturbance is not only disrespectful but can also get you removed from that particular event. Remember these people are here to worship and not to get give a great photo. In this article we are going to cover photography tips as well as just some suggestions as far as respecting the event you are shooting.

    1. Don’t get too close for a shot, bring a zoom lens.
    2. No flashes or bulky equipment.
    3. Less is better. Due to the fact this is a religious event, pack light, you don’t want camera bags and other accessories in the way.
    4. Quick shots and move on.

    The bottom line is not to become a disturbance at a religious event. Be as stealth like as possible and as respectful as possible. Here is a list of non photography tips to keep in mind.

    1. Read about the event, possibly even to some recon before the event to find out where you can get the best shots.
    2. Dress according to the event, try not to stand out.
    3. Follow any instructions given by the leader of the event.

    We hope this article gives you a little information on what to do when photographing a religious event. If you are need of a camera for photography please visit http://www.42photo.com

  • Food Photography Tips

    Posted on June 20th, 2012 Staff Writer

    If you are looking to get a start in still life photography you might consider starting with food. If you can shoot great food photographs you can really get across feelings of making people feel hungry which in the end is what we are hoping for. With all the food available the possibilities are endless.

    Most food photography is shot in a controlled environment but if you find yourself say in a restaurant or in a home you may struggle with the lighting. If you find yourself shooting in a dim environment or low light I would suggest using a tripod along with a shutter release. By shooting with a tripod this will allow you to arrange the food within the frame.

    If you are shooting in bright light then of course natural light is always best. It’s best to shoot during the day so you can take advantage of the natural light. Most dishes look best when illuminated with ambient light and brighter sources of daylight so pick the position of your layout well. Your layout will allow your food to look its best, position your food where the light comes in from 10’o clock or 2’o clock. This will provide back lighting and allow you to get an absolutely mouth watering look.

    The last thing to remember about your layout is too make sure you don’t have a lot of clutter behind what you’re shooting. Nothing worse than having a beautiful photo of the food and a pile of junk sitting behind it. If you are shooting close up this won’t be a problem as no one will see what’s going on behind the shot.

    We hope these few tips will help you out if you decide to photograph food.

  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory Card

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 Staff Writer

    Along with the camera, lens, battery and other essential equipment, your memory card for your digital camera is just as important.  As a photographer it is your responsibility to give proper care to your memory card so that there is no malfunction during your sessions.  There are a few tips that are suggested to help with this process.

    1. Try not to delete your work directly from the memory card.  Instead it is best to delete the photographs from your computer rather than your camera.  The reasoning for this is when images are deleted from your computer, it is allowing for one erase cycle.  This process can actually prolong the use of your memory card.
    2. Periodically format your memory cards.  This process will help get unwanted files and material of your memory card and all for a better storage and use of your images.  It is best to do this after uploading all images safely to your computer.
    3. When removing your memory card from your camera, it is recommended to turn your camera off before removing the card.  Although manufactures have guaranteed that this process isn’t exactly necessary, it is wise to avoid any damage to your card.
    4. Always have a backup of the same caliber.  It is never wrong to be over prepared with equipment.  If possible carry one or two extra memory cards in your case just in case something should go wrong.  Other than to help if something does go wrong, it is also best to have extras if you fill up one card with images.  Make sure you store the extra memory cards in a safe environment with adequate temperature.

    Just like the rest of your equipment, the memory card is essential and requires routine care for roper usage.  When researching memory card types, don’t just review their storage capacity but as well as previous users reviews.

  • Great Vacation Spots for Photography

    Posted on June 8th, 2012 Staff Writer

    With the summer months approaching this usually means family vacations and lifetime memories.  This is a perfect time to spend with family and not think of work, but as any photographer can tell you this is also the time for great shots.  Around the United States there are many unique places that have different elements that make for great photos.  Here are a few locations that are pretty popular.

    Hawaii – Other than the majestic scenery and delectable cuisine, Hawaii is a safe haven for tropical waterfalls and stunning colors.  The climate is pretty warm all year long and except for the five to ten minute rain in the morning, pretty sunny.  This is a golden opportunity to tackle your skill with waterfalls and wild life using a slow shutter speed.

    Grand Canyon – This location is pretty much a wonder to see.  The atmosphere is warm during the day and cold at night.  The scenery is a bright red with slight brown undertones that give the element of a desert.  Once in the high regions of the Canyon be cautious of the wind and the direction it flows.  This is a great area to capture panoramic views and wide shots.  Be aware of the wildlife in this region.

    Disneyland/Disneyworld – A child’s playground or in some cases an adults playground.  This wonderland is full of bright colors and fast moving children.  This is a perfect atmosphere to practice with fast shutter speeds for those rides as well as the children.  Take advantage of the firework show at night to practice your technique.

    Washington D.C. – A place of history and life.  This area is colorful in the summer and rich with life.  This is a great opportunity to take different approaches to the scenic views with perhaps different angles.  Be cautious though of the rules and regulations you may have for certain locations in regards to photography.

    With the many locations you may venture during your vacations, always keep an open mind.  This is perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and explore new techniques in photography.  It is always best to also bring along extra equipment such as lenses, memory cards, and batteries.  Always remember to never delete a photo until you can view in your studio and take as many shots as you can.