With pictures always coming fast and furious and time always an enemy, here's my workflow to editing and moving pictures as fast as possible so that you can get your pictures out and easy in the quickest amount of time and with the least possible amount of stress.
Take series of pix (in this time, already single out the shot you wanted)
Lock the picture and then make an audio note on it (on my camera I have a little microphone button where I can make an audio note like for example "Nice shot, person x, doing x" so that I can remember the moment when I flip back to it. You'll find that this saves A LOT of time when you look back at the picture and wonder who that was and what he or she was doing.
Chimp when I can during breaks in shooting. Chimping is what we call filtering pictures on the go. You basically review and delete on the spot, the pictures you don't need or feel are repetitive. It helps that when you go back to the computer, you don't need to look at hundreds of pictures, but maybe just a hundred. Makes a big difference when you finally hit the computer screen. It also helps motivate you knowing that you don't have to stare at hundreds of pictures while trying to get three. Transfer all the locked pictures from one card to another (Again this is for my camera which has two CF slots and I can do that.) That way I have all my best shots from earlier already, and I can immediately work on them. I load the rest into the computer while I work on the few pictures from the selects card and pull alternate frames if needed. Open pictures in Photo Mechanic, a very powerful tool as it allows me to view the images as efficiently as possible and also allows me to hear back the audio notes with a click of a button. I can also open it up in photoshop through the program and mark pictures and colour code them if I want to go back to them. Photo Mechanic also has the FTP function, so I can put my captions in there and send them to the desk when i'm ready to file.
Photoshop is a subsidiary of the above point, open the picture, check for colour corrections, crop if needed and then pull the contrast lightly in to offset the flatness of the image.
Caption up the picture with the adequate information and hit send.
That's it! Get great Wi-Fi and plot your routes out to file as soon as you can and you'll be on your way to being the first to file your pictures to the wire ahead of your competition.
Hi folks! We've reached the question and answer part of Photojournalism. We recently asked in in Photo-journalism - Questions for the Experts? for you to share your queries. Thanks to those that reached out to us. I totally understand that the genre isn't as popular as many others, but we'll give it our 100% in answering those who do have questions. Feel free to drop more questions in the comments section of this article and we'll get back to you shortly.
Because tanikel and I are answering them, our answers may differ. But if we happen to have the same answers, then high-five with the extra confirmation!
How did you get started?
Timothy-Sim ~ I've probably already answered this in my introduction interview, but here goes again, with a little more depth and insight.
I first picked up the camera when I was 19, in the final year of my mass communication diploma. That was for the photojournalism module. You need to know two things. Prior to this, I had never used camera before, and my first camera was a film camera. After the module was over in that 6 months, I was hooked. I knew I loved taking pictures. I got myself an entry level camera and I remember getting onto DeviantArt to try all kinds of nonsense. Photomanipulation, HDR, "pretty" flowers"..., you name it, I shot it. When I enlisted shortly in the following months, I had the pristine opportunity to take pictures in the military which naturally exposed me to the world of photojournalism. After I finished my two-year term, I once again had the honour of being hired by Reuters as a picture editor. The rest, we'll say, is history.
tanikel ~ I started out fairly young – my father was a hobbyist photographer and bought my sister and I child polaroid cameras. When I was 14, I got his old Minolta x700. It’s a pretty awesome film camera. I knew everything! I was an amazing photographer! …using auto, of course.
In 2009, I enlisted as a Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (better known as combat camera) because, you know, I was great at photography. Needless to say, I was wrong and I’ve been learning ever since.
Would you recommend majoring in journalism and photography to become a photojournalist?
Timothy-Sim ~ I thought a lot about this. I really did. There were many points in my life where I reflected on whether I really needed a degree to do this. But ultimately, my answer is "No".
Photojournalism is based on merit, and not academics. Unlike many other jobs where you can smoke through with a sheet of paper stating your qualifications that you may have forgotten in a time gone by, your clients and bosses in photojournalism judge you for your mettle. And what good does a paper do in feeding you if you can't shoot for nuts? It DOES pay to know the technicalities of your trade. I would say, unless you know how to work the camera and all its functions and regularly upgrade your skills on the internet and try them often in the field, hit the school and learn the basics at least. But be prepared to pay tons of money and waste tons of years.
tanikel ~ Well…I haven’t received formal education on it, so I’d be a liar if I said yes. Skills are better than paper. You can attend workshops and network with professional individuals. Be prepared to completely immerse yourself in it and make your life centered on photojournalism.
Would it help if I studied a course first before taking up photojournalism as a side job?
Timothy-Sim ~ This, I would approve of. Taking up short-termed, part-time courses are always recommended. It helps to upgrade your skills, keep you rooted and doesn't waste too much of your time. It even helps you network with others in the courses. Even doctors take short courses in their spare time to keep themselves updated and upgraded with new things in the industry, so why can't we?
tanikel ~ Absolutely! The two biggest things I recommend people learning for photojournalism are ethics and caption writing. In addition to increasing your skillset, you’re making connections with others in the field – expanding your network of influence is never wrong!
That's it from us! If you've got more questions, feel free to shoot them our way and we'll be glad to answer them Peace!
" You can't feel too meek... you have to document. "
Mary Ellen Mark
(March 20, 1940 – May 25, 2015)
Mary Ellen Mark, an artist known for her incredible humanist photography, passed away Monday in New York City. A rep confirmed the news Tuesday morning. She was 75. Her work has regularly appeared in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and has been featured in countless exhibitions across the globe. In 2014, Mary Ellen received the Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House.