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Discussion in 'Photographers' started by nightphotohunter, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. nightphotohunter

    nightphotohunter Member

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  2. Lex Jenkins

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    Two comments...okay, maybe more than two:

    1. I'm not sure what you mean by "rate" your pictures. That activity causes nothing but trouble on another photography website and really serves no purpose.

    2. In another thread you mentioned wanting to contribute some photos to a newspaper or other kind of print journal. You're going to have to get some easily recognizable point of interest in your photos, preferably involving people, if you want to succeed in photojournalism.

    No two ways about it: People want to look at people or at something in which they're interested. And even if the latter doesn't directly depict people, it's still about people.

    Example: Pick up a copy of a magazine on harnessed horses, about as specialized an interest as you can find. Nothing but articles about PEOPLE and their horse-drawn carriages. Nothing but photos of PEOPLE and their horses or teams of horses.

    Every form of journalism is about PEOPLE, bar none. Even the most annoying, die-hard, tree-hugging, animal-supremecist, environmentalist journal is still about PEOPLE because it's about how THEY react to their pet environmental/animist issues. Even they know that outside of their militant circle of peers nobody really gives a rat's ass about an endangered newt or recently discovered type of fungi that grows only outside a Starbucks on the remotest edge of Seattle. They know, if they're smart, that what people care about is people.

    Don't get me wrong, when I say people care about people I'm not claiming anything lovey-dovey. Far from it. Much of the time what people "care" about is to see other people be humiliated, fail, suffer and die. Sad but true. It's still about people.

    Wanna be a successful photojournalist? Get some people in your pix. You seem to be interested in activities that should prominently feature lots of active people doing interesting stuff. Get after it.

    There. I've just condensed at least a full year of PJ classes into a single post.
     
  3. nightphotohunter

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    blunt, but WELL taken, thanx a million
     
  4. bjorke

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    Let me quote myself :smile: http://www.botzilla.com/photo/G1gear.html

    "As a boy, I had a neighbor who was a shooter for the local paper. I babysat his kids and devoured his library of photo books. He reminded me: 'it's not about the equipment, it's about the people.' He's gone on to become the photo editor of National Geographic, so he must have known what he was talking about!"

    Whenever I see lists of "the greatest photographers," there's usually only one name that doesn't focus on shooting photos of people (Adams). If you restrict "photographers" to "PJ's" the list is quite empty.

    Even for grand physical events like, say, the WTC attack, the really indelible lasting images are those of the tiny people, not the massive pile of concrete and steel. Let me steal another web reference: http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2003/030903_mfe_falling_1.html
     
  5. nightphotohunter

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    thx aggie, you and lex have told me alot, yet i have years lkeft to learning it, and, still, there will be more to learn. I have never seen that picture befor and its just amazing, well i guess if i was in hid shoes, i would rather jump that perish in a mountain of flames