Reading Response Ch. 8 & 9

I don’t know as much as I probably should about all of the settings on my camera. I have tried to learn parts of it at times, but I get so frustrated and decided to quit. To some photojournalists, the settings mean everything. To others, it’s not that big of a deal. I think it’s just whatever someone prefers. However, sometimes, the pictures can tell a story a lot better if the settings are better. It mentions in chapter 8 that a telephoto lens can be a photojournalist’s best friend, and that couldn’t be more true. There are times when you can’t get close to your subject, and you have to shoot far away. With a smaller lens, you wouldn’t be able to get that detail. With a zoom lens, you get what you want and more. It comes in handy when trying to shoot those difficult shots. It also says that a smartphone is never far from your pocket, which is really convenient. If the newspaper needs something really quick or if you happen upon a scene and don’t have your camera, use your smart phone. They can come in handy at those times.

In chapter 9, it talks about the lighting when shooting your subjects. Lighting can be so much fun, or it can be one of the most difficult things to do. The picture on page 220 shows how photographers use lighting in a creative way. On 219, you see what the lighting can do when you don’t use a flash. It’s kind of like a trial and error thing. Different lights and different positions of lights can give your subject a different effect, and that’s what is being shown on page 229. I remember when having school pictures made in elementary school, they had to have those lights and those huge umbrellas placed in the right position so mom wouldn’t be upset with school pictures 🙂

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