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August 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

A day in the life of a Photojournalist.

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If you are thinking  about going around town photographing all sorts of assignments: from weddings to public events,  providing visuals for breaking, features and/or  spot news– remember: It  isn’t a glamorous job.

Often photojournalists have to meet tight deadlines, with little or no time to edit their work. It is a demanding profession where precision, quickness and accuracy are the norm.

However, photojournalists love what they do.

That’s what differentiates the professional photojournalists from any other type of photographers.

And then there’s the gear of course.

In this video slide show  photojournalist Mikael Kjellstrom shares his impressions on the job. Kjellstrom covered six assignments, including spot news– all on the same day.

If you want to pursue photojournalism, there are a few things you might want to consider.

Take your time.


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April 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Darkness & Light

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” All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”

Richard Avedon.







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March 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Your Subject

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This is perhaps one of the most important things you have to consider before hitting the road.

What do you want to photograph? – Yes, I am asking you.

There are countless subjects you can focus on, from nature to wild life, to people to events. 

The choices are endless.  If you are trying to take your photography skills to the next level there are a few things you must photograph before focusing on what you really want:

People: do portraits if possible. Try formal portraits, people posing, or capture some natural ones: create a theme. You can also ask one of your friends to be your model.

Animals: some think they are easier to photograph, but actually it’s all the way around. Try portraits, try angles: give them human-like features. Make them look at you.

Architecture: Try to find shapes, lines, patters and forms in architecture.  If you can pull off an architecture picture, you will be well on your way to creative photography.

Events: It can be anything, from going out with friends to eat, have a coffee, to a concert, a basketball or soccer game. take photographs from start to finish. Think of it as if you are going to tell someone a story in pictures. You want them to see everything you did. When taking pictures don’t ask your friends to smile at the camera too often, let them be, and then while they are themselves, take some pictures.

Things: take as many pictures as you want of various objects. Get as close as possible. Explore the object, observe. Once you have your series of photos on a object take a look at them all together, if possible.

Once you’ve done enough photography of these subjects–and when I say enough I mean thousands of photographs on these themes– then, you’ll start seeing things differently. 

 Give it time, and practice over time: that’s the key to improve.

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February 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

So you’ve got a camera, and then what?

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We all have been there.

We have gotten all enthuse about a new camera and invest some money buying one. It’s a nice feeling, but probably you are shown, rather blindly, by a store clerk who told you what’s best for you.

You got a new camera, nice, but do you own it?

Many of us have gotten our new toys and played with them as if we were pros and comeback home with a bunch of blurry, disappointing images.

That’s when reality sinks in.

But knowing nothing about photography isn’t something you cannot change. Even more so  now that you’ve got that camera in your hands.

There are many ways we can approach this:

A. You use the automatic setting and we forget about getting better.

B. You take some action, do some research and start working on building you skills.

If you what to B, then you better follow some simple steps, here:

If you know nothing about photography, surely the link would be helpful. I found some advice for the beginner that I want to build on. So…

  • Take lots of photos– but not carelessly. Pay attention and focus on a subject.
  • Look at each of your photos and decide what you like / don’t like about it. keep the good ones and try to learn from them. Look at the bad ones and try to understand what went wrong.
  • Look at other people’s pictures – The more visual information you have, the better your own photography will be.
  • Read the manual that came with your camera– you gotta do it! Otherwise you won’t get out of the Facebook “look at me” album ghetto….
  • Take more photos– always is better to shoot more than less. You are going Digital, so don’t be afraid.
  • Have fun– but keep your focus on what you want to achieve.
  • Show other people your photos– don’t be chicken. Post an album somewhere, share it with people and wait for their comments. That’s a good way to know what kind of photographs you are getting right.


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February 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Photography tips for dreamers

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Most of us know how to use a digital camera, or play with one at least.  Today we don’t have to know anything about photography to take photographs: just point and shoot, and you will have quality images (that if you follow the instructions: cameras don’t work magic, yet.)

If you want to take unique images, that’s another story. For now let’s focus on the basics.

There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of technology. Photography doesn’t have to be a painful thing. I agree. However, the more knowledge you have about how to take good pictures, the better you will be at it.

How to get started? You can try several websites.  Explore.There are as many websites about photography as there are photographers out there- it’s a common, and let’s face it, fun pass time. In the next blog posts I will recommend you, and talk about, some useful sites designed for people like you, interested in getting better images I presume.

 I know, you can start your search in Google. Go ahead.I know it’s just as easy as using your point and shoot. But! if you want to learn to shoot like the best, you better learn from the best.

Don’t forget that.

If you want to look at some amazing images and learn at the same time, you should start with National Geographic magazine online, here:

They have a complete list of tips and videos for you to go wild. Give it a try.

Later, we can talk some more…

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February 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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