When I first opened the book, I was amazed at all the photographs that were in there. Each one told some kind of story as soon as I looked at it. Later in chapter 1 under “Determining the best time to shoot,” it talks about the reporter setting up a time to interview the subject. Then it goes on to say that this could could save the photographer time but also keep the photographer from some great photo opportunities. You can’t stage news. It just happens. That’s why these photos look the way they do. The photo was shot in the moment with raw emotions, and capturing that moment is extremely important. It’s also important for the photographer to study his subject to see what their activities are and figure out how they can get that photo that will interest viewers.
I like how it talks about how different angles and types of pictures have different effects. How crazy is it that by just placing the camera a certain way, a person will look at the photo from a different standpoint.
If you love it, you’ll do anything to get that perfect shot. But you almost have to be a part of the news if you want that eye catching photo. If you want a good sports shot, you’re going to have to be on the sidelines. If you want a dramatic shot of a protest, you might just have to walk with them. If you want a great picture, you sometimes have to be willing to go to those places that no one else wants to go.