Photojournalism

When working in the photojournalism field, there are some separate rules and regulations that should be followed as compared to other photography. Photojournalists have their own Code of Ethics that must be followed. Here are some more tips and guidelines for photojournalism:

Every photo should get a cutline:

The reader’s eye immediately goes to the photo first, then the cutline. It is important to capture the reader not only through the photo, but through the cutline as well. Cutlines need to enhance and explain your picture while being 100% accurate.

Photos should look natural:

In news portraits, the subjects should be relaxed and engaged in activities. As a photojournalist, try not to pose your subjects. Try and capture real people doing real things, and let them behave as though you are not there. The photo will be more truthful.

Photos should be relevant:

Readers should see the direct connection between today’s news and the photograph. Don’t confuse the readers with photos used merely for decoration. Capture photos that provide information and are relevant to readers.

Faces in photos should be at least the size of a dime:

Be careful of running pictures too small in the newspaper. The main subject of the photo needs to be obvious to the reader. It is important to shoot individuals, not crowds.

Meet deadlines:

Award-winning pictures are useless if the photo desk does not see them before deadline.

 

 

Information from:

Harrower, Tim. The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook. 3rd ed. Madison : Brown & Benchmark, 1995. 92. Print.

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