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Mark Hancock asks of his editor, “Do we run pretty pictures?” It’s not something your average photographer has to deal with but when you work for a newspaper as a photojournalist it is a consideration.
Where would I be if I couldn’t shoot pretty pictures? What would you do? Do you really hanker after that photography job now? Do you really want to give up that desk job and go shoot portraits and news items?
What is your raison d’etre for being a photographer? Mine is that it is a very enjoyable hobby. Why ruin it by pressure and deadlines?
I just subscribed to the Popular Photo feed and came across the following great reads:
- DSLR Basic Training
- Guilty Pleasures – fun with panoramas.
- Edible Complex – tips for food photography
- The Photoshop heretic has some great black and white shots.
- 5 reasons to shoot film – don’t believe everything he says. There are full frame digital SLRs too.
Mark Hancock was present at a police sting in Beaumont, Texas to arrest people involved in the sex trade in that city. He posted photos and commentary on the incident as well as explaining that it’s legal to show the faces of people under arrest.
Before anyone asks, yes, it’s perfectly legal to show the faces of people under arrest. However, our paper prefers to not to “convict before trial” by showing faces of people caught in orchestrated stings of Class B misdemeanor crimes. Capital crime arrestees are an entirely different situation.
However, everyone got a good laugh when the first female arrived at the command post and told the assembled media that she didn’t give us permission to photograph her (standing on a public street in handcuffs).
Judging by what I’ve seen on news reports on television I don’t think anyone under arrest could have any illusions of privacy with cameras poked in their faces at every turn.
A wonderful thing happened the other day. Gary Byron, a Corkonian like myself, was browsing the net and looking about for things to do when he comes home for Christmas. He stumbled upon this blog and by some one-in-a-million chance found my photo, Wet Day Shopping. He recognised the couple in the photo as his parents and he left a comment on the post.
… what were the chances of me finding this photo, anyway its a great photo, I will get it developed and give to them as a surprise.
I got in touch with Gary shortly afterwards and sent him on a larger image which will print out to a nice 8×10 so I hope he managed to find a camera shop on the Friday before Christmas Day that wasn’t swamped with customers!
I was amazed that someone recognised people in a photo I took. It happened once before. Corksurf recognised the woman in this shot and left a comment on the flickr page of the image. I’m sure it’ll happen again. Hopefully with results as positive!
Reuters have their best photos of the year, as do many other publications so I looked through my archives tonight to pick out some of my favourite photos of 2006; and found it was much harder than I thought. What follows are a selection of my best and favourite photos. Some for technical reasons while others are here for sentimental reasons. I know for sure that I’ve missed out some great shots!
January – Road Narrows
In January, I posted a photo taken in Monkstown, Co. Cork. It was later used by Hugging the Shoulder, a theatre company performing at the New York International Fringe Festival.
There you have it. Have you picked out your favourite photos yet?
Hopefully you’ll have a few days off over the next 2 weeks but you’ll still need your fix of photography news and articles. Your feed aggregator might be a little quiet but here’s a selection of reading material to keep you amused.
- Holiday reading from Photo Headlines includes the Digital Journalist and several other online magazines.
- Digital Camera Headlines is an aggregator of photography news from Digg, delicious, endgadget, dpreview and others. (via) From which I found the following:
- Using Sepia and Black and White To Help Tough Lighting Conditions – I’ve used the technique myself, works wonders when the image is full of reds, yellows and ugly green faces.
- Creating the perfect portrait links to this thread on Flickr about improving three portrait shots.
- Where do You Go for Inspiration for Your Photography?
- How to shoot nightscapes
- Peter Parker, Watch Out! Citizen journalists report and take photos that appear on the front pages of major newspapers and get peanuts in return. Is fame worth it?
First of all, who knew that a picture that runs in three newspapers, including a front-page spread, only earns you $650?
- It’s Not The Camera, It’s the Photographer – Right? – Michael Reichmann makes the point that it’s not just the photographer, the camera plays a part in the capture of a good image. That’s obvious, but given two photographers of different skills, one will be able to use the same camera better than the other.