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Chapter 6: Visual Storytelling with Photographs

“Journalism without photography is like writing without verbs.”

Images hold power. They hold emotion. They tell stories. They show the unnoticeable. And the unthinkable.

Good photography comes from being in the moment. It comes from knowing how to relate to an audience. And it comes from experience and learning the craft – the craft of digital photography and photojournalism.

Photography is about telling a visual story. Nowadays, we have digital cameras that appear really clear depending on the camera brand and pixel intensity. Pixels, also know as picture element, are hundreds or thousands of tiny squares on a matrix overlay on a computer image.

When you take a picture with your digital camera, you may see the pixels with the naked eye. I suppose, the smaller the pixels, the finer an image looks.

Taking pictures are easy and fun. But what if someone has a better picture and you want to use it? This question is often asked among people like bloggers and web site creators. The answer is, and always will be, to never use someone else’s work. Best advice, ask first.

Digital Camera Basics

Colin Mulvany of the Spokesman-Reviews says,

“Beyond the moment, composition is high on my list.”

In other words, your viewers should see an image and get the message that you are presenting. Some people have a hard time accomplishing this goal of ‘composition.’ There are so many videos and tutorials and advice posted all over the internet. But in case you just want a brief overview of what you might end up reading later on, here are some additional tips and practices to keep your photography skills on track.

So, how to do you take a picture?

  1. Hold the camera steady.
  2. Fill the frame of the space around you.
  3. Focus on one thing.
  4. Get closer to the angle you want.
  5. Go vertical. Be flexible with your photo shooting.
  6. Capture the moment!


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