Photo Journalism is no longer limited to professional photographers assigned to a particular job with a defined aim in mind and pro gear! The nature and method of photo journalism has changed over the years and nowadays anyone with a mobile phone can be called a photo journalist or a citizen journalist.
With increased competition from anyone and everyone, it is very vital that you are on top of the professional standards and complete your task in hand with a unique and utmost professional cutting edge approach. Below are some key tips that will help you achieve the same.
Have a very planned approach to the gig
It is vital to plan your approach and schedule well in advance and not aim for a unprepared attempt. It is vital that you have all the required gear, support and backup plans when on a journalism job which helps you achieve better results.
Accurate Timing and Presence
Being at the right place at the right time is the most important aspect of photo journalism. Coupled with the right gear and planned attendance can help you capture the right photo even if your are positioned far away from the subject of interest (thats why time and planning is crucial).
Having the right knowledge and staying updated:
It is important to stay updated on the latest connectivity medium, latest gear and most importantly the latest laws (copyright, journalism, content, images, law of lands etc.) while managing a task and post task activities. To summarise, Timing + Planning + Knowledge = better photo journalism results. Hope this short post helped throw some light on the key aspects to focus on as a photo journalist.