Photography Tips

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Photography Tips
 
This blog provides you with several tips in the area of photography. Newspapers require pictures in order to help their readers better visualize that which they are reading. Poor photographs lead to disinterested stories and a boring page to look at. Following these tips will help prevent you from making these costly missteps.

• Always remember to sign cameras in and out in the Setonian office, full battery-charged, to prevent unnecessary confusion and hassle for your fellow staff members. Also try to contact someone with access to the office early on, so that you have access to the cameras before your assignment.

• If you do not understand the objectives of your assignment (what your subject matter should be, etc.) then communicate this to your supervisors as soon as possible. They are there to help you, and it is a part of their job to ensure that you know what yours is.

• Don’t be afraid to experiment with the cameras a little; some of the features can enhance a picture. However, do this in advance, before your assignment, so you do not waste valuable time. If you feel uncomfortable taking pictures with these features or are unfamiliar with any of the camera’s functions, ask your photography supervisor for assistance. If all else fails, stick with normal shots that are simple point-and-shoot.

• Know when to use the zoom function, and how to use it appropriately. Don’t worry about zooming in too closely on most shots, because your editors can easily do this after the pictures have been collected and assembled on one of the office computers.

• Try to find a level surface with which to align your camera while taking shots. For example: if you are standing next to a wall, stand up straight with one of your sides against it and line the edge of the camera up with the wall itself. This will help to ensure that your pictures are level and clear.

• If you are having trouble keeping yourself steady while taking pictures, try kneeling or leaning against something. Often times you will be nervous and concerned about taking good pictures for an assignment.

• Use the LCD screen on the digital cameras; this screen is extremely helpful because it gives you an idea of what your shots are looking like while you are taking them. If you notice a recurring problem in the pictures you are taking, such as too much light or blurring, then you can act to correct the problem before it is too late and all of your shots are ruined.

• Always remember to record names of individuals of whom you are taking pictures; not only will they probably be used for captions, but it is important to be able to identify the subjects of your pictures for the purpose of journalistic integrity.

• If you have any doubts or reservation about your ability to perform on a given assignment for either personal or professional reasons, ask your supervisor early on if he or she could give the assignment to someone else or provide you with some direct support. In short, always have a backup plan.

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