Photojournalism

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A snap I took with my phone of Adrian Chiles and a BBC/Sport Relief camera team in Africa

We’re all doing it, whether we know what photojournalism is or not.

We take a camera everywhere we carry a phone, so we have the means not only of taking a great picture, but of instantly publishing our stories.

But there are still certain formulas the professionals know, and I can pass them on to your staff and volunteers.

Photojournalism just means stories and pictures. One person can do it all. I always like working in tandem with a photographer, so I can go in close for the interview and my colleague can concentrate on getting the right pictures.

I can do your copy writing for you, or help you:

  • get the right interviews
  • take the photos you need
  • show you how to do both if you’re a ‘one-person band’.

Many reporters are uncomfortable taking pictures. From the point of view of a writer who’s been converted to taking photos, I can advise you on:

  • Taking the ‘basic four’ photos that will be enough for any story.
  • Going for the ‘advanced eight’ like the pros do.

After that, there is still some thought needed to use photojournalism to make appropriate use of social media, and how to get the best use out of everything you produce for formal media, social media, your own website/blog/Facebook page/Twitter feed

PDF example of photo story ‘How to make a plastic bag football’ – to come, but for now here’s another nice photo:

Plastic bag ball 2013