Monday, September 17, 2012

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Things I've Learned, Things I Love

Three Things I've Learned From Photojournalism Class:

--Always, always, always take the time to frame your shot.

--Just because you're outside does not mean you don't need to use flash.

--Poses are never better than candid shots. Ever.

Why I Like Photography:

--Photography allows an emotion, an event, a moment, to last forever and ever, instead of that moment merely being a memory fading into history.

--Photography can change people's minds faster than any essay. A Photo is worth a thousand words, after all.

--Every photographery's style is slightly different, just like every artist has a different paint brush stroke. This leads to a dearth of gorgeous, varied art.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Double Page Spread and the Best Picture of the Semester



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photoshop Madness

Heyo, been working on photoshop recently. Photoshop isan image editing program produced by Adobe. It's a pretty BA program, and I wish I had it at home.


Both of these were really fun projects, and both of them involve cutouts. This is when you apply a "mask" to the images, so if you accidentally erase the wrong part of the image you can get it back without clicking edit-undo. A background and text was added to the first cutout, and the "drop shadow" option was used for the second.

Final Exam

Due: Next monday.

Need: one dollar.

Pt. 1:
--Double Page Spread  
--Five to eight 5x7 prints w/ discussed photo tips.
--Famous photographer (find new famous photographer)(example of work) 
--Front page of blog (convert to PDF.)
--List three things learned in class.
--Why do you like photography? (three things.)

Pt. 2:
--Update blog
--Change to PDF
--Move to Blog Final folder.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Just an animoto video weirdness thing.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Ethics of Photojournalism

Everyone has seen the above photograph. It was taken by Kevin Carter in 1994, and depicts a starving child in Sudan, who is crawling the kilometer to a UN center. Later, Carter would commit suicide.

There has been much controversy over this photo. Did Carter set up the photo? Why did he not help the child, beyond chasing the vulture away? We will never know.

However, the question of the ethics of photojournalism remains. What would you have done? Would you have even taken the picture? Would you have helped the girl? 

It also applies to other photos. 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner Stanley Foreman continued to take photos as a woman and her child fell from a fire escape. 1997 winner Annie Wells took pictures of a drowning girl even after the victim asked her to stop. 

Would you have tried the save the woman and child? Would you have stopped taking pictures of the drowning girl?

For me, the answer is, no. The woman and child fall behind a fence. There was no way for the photographer to save them. And in the end his pictures resulted in sweeping fire policies for all of Boston. 

For the drowning girl, taking her picture does not alter her chances of being saved. Better to document her last moments of life (though she was saved in the end) then have it only last in the memories of those who were there.

However, I would have helped the Sudanese child. You cannot help every starving child you see. But Kevin Carter could have helped this girl. Drive her the kilometer to the UN center. Carry her if you have to. But do something. Don't just snap a picture and leave. 

There are very few instances in photojournalism when you can actually help the stricken people you are photographing. And Kevin Carter let his chance slip away.

Ethics in Non-Hard-News Journalism:

How far is too far, with photo editing? Should you smooth out wrinkles, change the color of the sky, remove a branch from the photo? It depends on the situation of the photo. If your subject is going on the cover of a fashion magazine, smoothing out wrinkles is standard operating procedure. If they're going on the cover of a newspaper due to a scandal, no editing is necessary.

Changing the color of the sky is iffy. Why are you changing the color? To give the photo a happier feel? If it's a photo of a child playing in the ocean, that would make sense, and be acceptable. If it's some kind of propaganda, then changing the color of the sky to make the feel of the photo happier is unethical.

Removing a branch is the same thing. If it is superfluous, remove it. It doesn't matter. If it is important to the photo, do not remove it.

How you edit a photo depends completely on the situation. See below some photoshop editing errors.


Missing Leg On The Right


Completely Unrealistic Shadows