Food Photography

Food is a tricky thing to photograph. If you don’t have the correct lighting you can end up with food that looks unappetizing.

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But if taken correctly they can make food look far more interesting and delicious.food-dinner-pasta-spaghetti-8500.jpg

One of the best ways to ensure that your food looks delicious in a photo is by getting the lighting correct. Keeping food well lit will make it look more appetizing. Using natural light will help, or using a white background that will let you reflect light. These are some excellent examples of food photography.

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Landscapes: Land it on the front page

Occasionally your story will pertain to land. This can be difficult  because it can be hard to make land interesting visually.pexels-photo-185404.jpg

If you are struggling to find a good shot for a landscape photo try going at different times of day, or  try backing away from your subject. This can help you find the inspiration for a shot, that can be truly magnificent. These shots can show the different feelings between landscape photos. They all tell a different story.

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Light: Get a good portrait

Lighting is an incredible opportunity for you to make a shot more interesting. One thing that you may have to do is capture a portrait for a front page, or for a feature of someone.  Taking a photo of someone with traditional lighting can be fine, and it can give you some decent shots, like this one.pexels-photo-27411.jpg

This is a good portrait, however there are more interesting way to take a portrait. By playing around with light you can get more interesting like these.pexels-photo-202605.jpgpexels-photo-395085.jpgpexels-photo.jpg

These are far more interesting then the first portrait. The use of light here sets a different tone, and as a result an be used differently for a story. These portraits can be achieved by using different types lighting. You can do this by utilizing natural lighting, and or using flash or other studio lighting. Changing around the position of light, and the amount of power on the light can make it a more interesting shot. Take advantage of this and you will be able to take better photos.

Angles: Why you need them

We’ve all see it before, a image that captures your attention, that makes you go “oh”. Something that stops you and makes you pay attention. One of the ways that you can make photos that grab an audience and makes them pay attention to you is angles. Finding a unique angle to take a picture from can make a far more visually interesting image. It can also tell a different story then a traditional image.

For instance if you were taking photos of fishermen in a city, there are some photos that are pretty traditional such as this one.fisherman-network-boat-sea-51005.jpg

There is nothing wrong with this photo. You get all the information you need from this photo, but it could have been more visually interesting. This image for instance is a different angle of a similar act by a different fisherman.pexels-photo-53920.jpg

These are both photos of fisherman, but their angles show a different story, and the images are more unique when they are from a unique angle that makes you stop and think.

Taking the photo is not the hard part, it is making sure that what you shoot is captivating, and one of the simplest ways to do that is to ensure unique angles. Here is a few of my personal favorite photos that play around with angles.

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Getting the shot with a phone

It is a fact that you may not always have your camera on you when you want to take a picture to capture a moment. Most of the time you will have your phone on you however and that can be just as effective in capturing a moment.

Most cell phone cameras are fairly decent and if you know a few tips you can take some quality shots.

First things first, you need to make sure that you are shooting in landscape mode. You may be able to get away with portrait style shots with a camera, but on a phone you need as much of the scene as possible.IMG_1458

I took this photo portrait style from my phone, and while it is a good photo, as you can see it is hard to fit into online content, it is too long. IMG_1447

I took this photo as with my phone as well and it fits much better into this online content. This is because all photojournalism is leading to online content and if you are taking photos in the correct format you will be able to be successful.

Next tip for using a phone to take photos is utilizing the software in your phone. On an  I-phone there is a function to select a focus point, as well as adjust your lighting all before you even take the photo. You can access these by taping your screen, selecting a focus point, then holding down to adjust the sensitivity to light.

Getting creative

Oftentimes, when you are given an assignment, it is for an event that you may find boring. Wether it is a city council meeting, or a local shop opening it can be difficult to find creative shots that not only tell a story, but be interesting enough for a story. The easiest way for a new photojournalist to get those shots is to get creative.

Getting creative is something that gets tossed around a lot in any visual medium.  But too often there is a push to constantly think “outside the box”. To push the boundaries of what has been done, to do something drastically different then what people have done for years. The problem with this is, often times in attempting to do something radically different you end up with a product that is just….bad.

There are conventions for a reason. Things work, and we know they work because they have been successful for years. So I recommend instead, “thinking inside the box”. This doesn’t mean that as a photographer you need to take the same photo that everyone else is doing, however it does mean think about the objective of a photo.

If the story for the photo is about inappropriate media content in schools, think about how you visually want to display that. Look at what others have done to represent this topic for inspiration. Look at a lot of peoples work, ask others what they think of visually when they hear a your topic. Get input from others, then work off of what you’ve learned.

Now that you have an idea of what visually conveys the idea you want now you can get creative within those boundaries. You have created your own little box to work in. This box will provide the guidelines for your shots

The difference between photojournalism and photography is  that photojournalism has a purpose. It has a story to tell, and working within the box can and will help you to take incredible photos.

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Money: Getting a captivating shot

Money. It is the topic of a lot of news, and you will probably have to get creative in how you photograph it. The type of story you are doing will have the biggest impact on what kind of photo you take. If the story is a serious story about waste it will probably require a different kind of photo then say a story about a charity function. These different photos can be hard to come up with if you are not thinking about the messaging you want. Take a look at these two photos for example.dollar-currency-money-us-dollar-47344pexels-photo-164661

They are visually very different in spite of the fact that they are both pictures of 1 dollar bills. If you took the same bills and stacked them up, to get a photo like this one, it is again a different message that is being sent.money-finance-bills-bank-notes.jpg

What this boils down to is to pin down your messaging. If you need to capture someone who is saving every cent, the photo of the bills all stacked together is not an appropriate image. However the image of the 1 dollar bills up close could be. It is all dependent on the type of story you want to show.

How to shoot events

Taking photos for an event can be a difficult. From making sure you have a camera that is strong enough to capture the images in a correct light to capturing the feeling of an event. One of the best ways to do that is by  making sure you are in the right place at the right time. By moving around and and getting close to the stage you can ensure that you get interesting shots.

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These shots are taken from both farther away from the stage as well as nearer to it. These provide different takes on a show. These are playing around with lighting as well, these shots are interesting and captivate you by playing with light and shadow.

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