For this assignment you will use a digital still camera (DSLR) to shoot five different types of photojournalistic pictures. Each picture adds its own layer of information to the overall package so they should work together to tell a story and not be redundant to each other.
1. The scene setter
This is a photograph that gives the viewer a sense of place, a feel for where the action is happening, where the event is, where a person works, etc. It is often a wide, overall shot. This can be taken from a number of angles. (One approach is to find a way to get above the action. A set of stairs or balcony might be a good place to explore.)
2. The medium shot
This is a photograph that lets the viewer start to hone in on the spot of your action — the area of the building or town or graveyard where your subjects are. This shot narrows your story’s field of view and should bring you closer in.
3. The portrait
This is a photograph of the main subject — a person! The person’s head and shoulders MUST fill at least 50 percent of the area of the frame. This means you will have to get up close to them. Try to capture (shoot) the person while he or she is in the process of doing something. This should be a medium to tight shot. If you absolutely cannot get close enough while the person is doing something (a bit unlikely), then shoot a posed head & shoulders shot of them, again making sure the person fills at least 50 percent of the frame.
4. The detail shot
A detail photograph is generally an extremely tight close-up shot. The detail shot is all about looking around and seeing minute or discreet items that the ordinary (non-observant person) would miss. Get in the habit now of trying to capture as many of these as you can.
5. The action shot
An action shot shows your subject doing something — ideally the thing you are reporting on. This is the shot some photographers spend an entire shoot trying to perfect, often amounting to the same shot being taken 30 times. Photos of your subject in action are essential in audio/visual pieces, but they are not the only pictures you need. If you get the other four shots and not this one, you’ll still have a solid photo essay. (You might consider getting the others in the can and then working on this shot. That way, you have a strong foundation to support your story, and your action shots will be the icing on the cake.)
DO shoot at least 10 frames for each photograph — 50 frames total.
DO NOT use the camera’s flash.
Once you have your photos…