Thursday, August 12, 2010

Photo Journalism - An Amazing Career

It was something which I was waiting to hear since long. Always wanted to do something nice and niche. If related to writing..Nothing like it. and if it has a flavour of travel and photography..Woweee..I am in for it...Well so giving all the credit to Wiki for helping me with the details and also Google (My Guru...and so for many others)..Please read on...

Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is distinguished from other close branches of photography when the qualities like Timeliness, Objectivity, Narratives.

Like a writer, a photojournalist is a reporter but he or she must often make decisions instantly and carry photographic equipment, often while exposed to significant obstacles (physical danger, weather, crowds).

People have been using images to depict events for centuries, from rock paintings to engravings in major newspapers. The first big event to be captured in photography was the Crimean War, establishing the groundwork for the professional field of photojournalism. Initially, photographs were often used to accompany text stories to provide some variation and visual interest, but over time, images began to be used more exclusively to narrate stories in the media.

The field of photojournalism is distinct from that of documentary photography. Although both involve taking photographs which are objective, honest, and informative, photojournalism involves photographing specific events, while documentary photography focuses on ongoing situations. A photographer who follows traditional farmers in rural England is a documentary photographer, while a photographer who takes pictures of the aftermath of a suicide bombing for publication in the news is a photojournalist.

Both film and digital cameras, along with video cameras, can be used by photojournalists. The equipment tends to be state of the art, with many photojournalists seeking out lightweight, rugged equipment so that they are not hindered by the tools of their trade. Getting the perfect picture can also involve a fair amount of danger, as it involves being present on the front lines of an event. At the Queen of England's garden party, this may not be terribly risky, but photographers who work in war zones and in periods of civil unrest face significant risks.

I found this interesting. Hope its of interest to you as well..Thanks for reading.

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