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Douglas Easton
 

Newspaper Photography


Hi! I am 19 years old and have just started work for a local newspaper with about 15,000 readers weekly. I share the photography with a seccond photographer, but he mainly works for the other paper the group owns. Basicaly my question is my editor has asked me to try and take photographs which tell a story. She showed me some examples and I sort of get the concept, however I was wondering what sort of things to include in the picture to make it tell a story. I know this is dependant on the situation, so it would just have to be general things. Thanks!


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3/1/2005 3:00:16 PM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  Douglas, first of all congratulations on your new position - that sounds like a heap of fun.

Telling a story - example

If you are asked to take a photo of say a new footpath being laid in your local area for a story on "how the Council is spending your money". I would take a series of shots, not just one "possed shot", show them working, take photos of the form work, mixing the cement, pouring, laying, taking time out for lunch etc. So as you look at the photos in order you can actually see what they were doing during the day.

Theses type of shots work best when your subjects aren't "posing" for the photos.

I hope this helps, and good luck with the job!


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3/1/2005 3:57:24 PM

 
Douglas Easton   Thanks Natalie thats really helpful. I hadn't actually thought of doing a series of photographs to show the day or situation. I'll try that and see what my editor says. I think she'll be OK with it. Newspaper photography is great fun by the way. Going to different places and meeting different people every day - its better than being in an office! Thanks again, Doug


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3/2/2005 2:13:15 PM

 
Tony Gough   Hi Douglas, I to am in the newspaper industry and can shoot up to 8-9 assignments a day. Setting up a posed shot is always good to take as a safe shot but after that it's always good to take a few more using different lenses and diferent angles. You will soon learn which photos will work better and soon develope your own style. My suggestion to you is to look through other newspapers and tear out all the pictures that you like and try and work out how each photo was taken, what lens was used, how it was lit and what angle it was taken from. This was how I learned my technique. You can visit my gallery and see how I have handled some of my assignments. All the best, Tony Gough.


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3/6/2005 5:38:39 AM

 
Douglas Easton  
 
 
Hi Tony, thanks for your tips. First of all, I want to congratulate you on an apsoultly amazing set of photographs. They are really good. Most of them appear to have been lit by quite a complex lighting situation in a studio? Is this the case, as I only have a Canon 420EX flash gun as its portable! Also the sort of work I usually do is quite plain - jumble sales for example! Do you know how you would shoot in a situation like that? I recently went to one and photographed the inlcuded shot. This is my usual style of photograph, and what the paper likes as faces sell, if you know what I mean. I get board with this style and want to try something new, but am still stuck at events like village jumble sales! - Any tips? Thanks!


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3/6/2005 12:31:35 PM

 
Douglas Easton   Hi Tony not sure if the picture upload worked, so here is another attempt again!


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3/6/2005 12:36:17 PM

 
Douglas Easton   Hi Tony not sure if the picture upload worked, so here is another attempt again!


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3/6/2005 12:36:17 PM

 
Douglas Easton  
 
 
Hi Tony not sure if the picture upload worked, so here is another attempt again!


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3/6/2005 12:36:45 PM

 
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