Photojournalism Distance Learning Course
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Gain valuable journalism experience by publishing photos for a student publication.
This course takes you through the processes of selection and publishing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher. Under the guidance of a mentor (a photography/publishing tutor), you will learn to write according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process. And, you will come away with at least one published work (maybe more), which will set you on the path to a career as a writer. No matter what you want to write, you will find this a great learning experience.
- A writing or publishing course (eg. Freelance Writing, Publishing I, Editing I) or equivalent
- Medium level computer skills, or higher (eg. Competence with Photoshop or similar software)
- Photo Practice, or equivalent
There are 11 lessons in this course:
- A Short History of Photojournalism
- History of photojournalism
- Famous photographers
- Margaret Bourke-White
- Gordon Parks
- Diane Arbus
- Nick Ut
- Larry Burrows
- Ethics and Photojournalism
- What is ethics
- Schools of Philosophy
- Other philosophers
- Digital manipulation and ethics
- How ethical is digital manipulation
- Real life
- Codes of ethics
- Guidelines for making ethical decisions
- Ethics in practice
- What Should I Photograph?
- Things to consider
- Camera techniques to help with composition
- Principles of photographic composition
- Qualities of the components
- Effects of different angles on the subject
- Legal issues
- How Should I Photograph It?
- Terms to learn and understand
- Depth of field
- Digital vs conventional photography
- Shutter speed
- Development of photographic style
- Equipment and materials
- Photo Stories / Editing Images
- Ethics of digital manipulation
- Controversy of fairy photos
- Correctly interpreting photos
- Publishing Opportunities
- Online portfolio
- Direct portfolios
- Slide portfolios
- Using flash
- Standing out
- Writing a cover letter
- Your resume
- Creating a job hunt database
- How to get work
- How to find a job
- What type of clients do you want
- Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning
- Photography specifications
- PBL Project to develop and draft submission specifications for an electronic publication and then shoot a photo story which meets these specifications. You firstly need to identify two possible subjects for a photo story for that publication, and then follow one of these stories for an extended period of time. You will then select and edit your images - to meet the specifications created for that publication.
- Publishing Using Online Management Systems
- Types of digital files
- Publishing online
- Taking Photos and Submitting Images
- Portraiture vs photojournalism
- Sports photography
- Freezing action
- Blurring movement
- Sports photography using a digital SLR
- Photographing an event
- Submitting images for publication
- Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image
- Sentences and phrases
- Writing effective sentences
- Choosing effective words
- Newsworthy articles
- News values
- Writing a news article
- Writing captions
- Revising Submitted Work
- Tips to improve your work
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Under the guidance of a mentor (a writing/editing tutor), you will learn to produce images according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process. And, you will come away with at least one published work (maybe more), which will set you on the path to a career as a writer. No matter what you want to write, you will find this a great learning experience.
This course gives you hands-on experience in writing for a publication. You will work with a tutor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as writer for an online publication, for one edition of that publication.
- Discuss the nature and scope of photojournalism
- Explore issues of ethics in photojournalism and develop an understanding of your own biases.
- To explore the composition of photographs and associated legal issues.
- To revise basic terms used in photojournalism.
- Understand the photo story and the effect of editing and placement on the meaning of an image.
- Research International web sites for publishing and looking at work
- Explain publishing specifications, and apply that understanding to specific photography tasks.
- Develop an understanding of online management systems.
- Improve your Photography Style and submitting images for publication
- Develop your writing abilities to accompany your images.
- Revise your Submitted Work
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHOTOJOURNALISM
Photojournalism is a competitive market. To find work within photojournalism, you must be prepared to look hard. Before even considering applying for jobs or contracts, a photojournalist must be prepared. They must have –
• A high quality portfolio in printed form, CD and online.
• High quality stationary
• A well prepared resume/CV
• A good cover letter
• A tracking method to keep record of all your letters/applications for jobs
• A willingness to move quickly and maybe permanently
You must make sure you have all of this prepared BEFORE you apply for any jobs. So let’s look at these things in more detail.
Make a Portfolio
A portfolio is a set of images that show the photojournalists technical and aesthetic skills. There are no universal guidelines on how to prepare a portfolio. Obviously this is a creative art, as well as a technical one, so some aspects rely on the photojournalist themselves. But there are some general guidelines.
• Consider the client that you are hoping to impress. You need to show appropriate images that suit the client’s requirements. All images in the portfolio you show to a potential client must meet THEIR needs. So it may be that if you are looking for a range of different jobs, you may have a portfolio for different jobs you are applying for.
• Clients may vary – magazines, newspapers, book publishers, trade publications, record companies, travel markets, galleries, other business clients.
• There may be other clients that a photojournalist might consider, such as commercial organisations, such as stock companies, design firms and so on. A photojournalist may still work in these fields, although there could sometimes be a conflict of interest.
• Clients are interested in the photographs as documents of reality, so may rely on the photojournalist’s ability to take high quality images in a range of different settings.
• The presentation of images should be professional and well organised.
• Start and finish with the strongest images to create a lasting impression on the client. There is the idea in psychology of primacy and recency effect. This is the idea that we remember the most the first information we see and the last.
• If a client has seen thousands of images, the photojournalist wants the client to remember his/her images the best. So there is only one chance to create a lasting impression. A weak image can destroy the overall presentation and quality of a portfolio, so choose the images carefully.
• Don’t add print and shoot photographs that anyone could have taken. This will insult the editor and won’t get you the job. Make sure your images are all high quality and show your technical skills.
• Know your market. Research the market you are interested in. Look at the specific outlets of the market. Understand the images the client use and why they use them.
• Find out what the client expects from photojournalists they use. If they want someone who can fly off around the world at a moment’s notice and you can’t do that, you are wasting your time and theirs by applying for the job.
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