If you think the only journalists who face danger on the job are those working in Syria or Egypt, you’re wrong. Last week, WDAZ reporter Adam Ladwig was attacked by three people while covering a fire. Last month, a woman attacked a WUSA9 crew. A CBS2/KCAL9 reporter and photojournalist were attacked while covering the Zimmerman verdict protests in July.
In August, Poynter told you about the San Francisco area attacks on news crews. In a six-week period, thieves attacked journalists six times, targeting cameras, computers and tripods and taking gear at gunpoint in at least one case. In 2011, journalists across the country said they were attacked by both crowds and police while covering the “Occupy” protests.
I turned to seasoned reporters and photojournalists and to the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma for advice on how to stay safe and still get your job done.
Photoshop alterations of women have been somewhat of a hot topic lately (or maybe more accurately – it now sells products to bash “Photoshopping”), so I thought I’d share my perspective as a photographer.
I absolutely love using Photoshop to manipulate the bodies of people to look more physically appealing. Why? Because, its my job to create images that look better than reality…and people that look better than reality sell photographs.
And here’s the dirty little secret – my clients and the people in those photos love it too
A few weeks ago, we told you that the FAA had finally updated its regulations to allow flyers to use their gadgets (including, but not limited to, their cameras) during takeoff and landing. Since then three airlines have adopted the new regulations and allow you to take advantage.
Delta, JetBlue and Southwest all now allow you to use your camera during takeoff and landing, with Southwest sweetening the pot for gadget users by offering gate-to-gate WiFi so you’re never offline.
Twice, once in 2011 and once earlier this very year, photographer Sasha Leahovcenco packed his bags and travelled to the ends of the Earth to bring photography to those who have never had their photos taken. As you might imagine, the experience left Leahovcenco a changed man, and when you look through the photos he came back with, you begin to understand why. Read more…
“Photography has the power to undo your assumptions about the world. We assume so many things about what’s out there, and I think all of this great photography just shatters that…
I think great photography … wakes people up to the diversity of the world and to the lives that are so different than our own.”
– Aaron Huey
The idea isn’t entirely new. At one point, photographer Allen Murabayashi experimented with re-imagining famous photos as if they had been taken with Instagram to dispel the thought that filters and a square crop often somehow “improve” a photo.
The website Histagrams is similar, only it takes it a step further and lends a comedic edge to the whole experiment. Site creators Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen imagine how historically significant moments might have been shared if the people behind them had had Instagram at their disposal. Read more…