Author: lesliepritchett

Reading Response 9

Ethics is something that most of us never think about when it comes to photographs, or at least I don’t. When ethics are associated with photos, it is usually having to do with photos that are controversial or those that some people may have a hard time looking at. For example, the first picture in this chapter was the photo of the falling man. Many people questioned if that photo should have been published or not. Some people thought different ethically than others when that photo was public. I believe that even if your subject is emotional or difficult to photograph, such as the one on page 407, I still agree with what they say. It’s necessary for you to capture these moments. These photos are the ones that bring the story full circle. However, there may be a situation where you need to be more discreet, like they are talking about on page 411. There may be a tragic car accident or something to that nature. It is still our job to photograph what is happen, but I believe we should do it with respect. Don’t try to force any questions on anyone. Let the stories speak for themselves in these moments. I think that it’s important that we keep these pictures as raw as possible with no editing or retouching. That will cause the photo to be manipulated, and that would definitely cause some ethical issues. Some of these photos were hard to look at for sure, but they are the photographs that tell the most stories and interest people the most.

Law is another thing that you don’t think about in photography. The first thing that came to mind when I was reading this was how we have to have parents sign a sheet at church giving us permission to photograph their child. If they don’t want their child’s picture taken, we are not allowed to post that photo anywhere. We have some foster parents in our church, and the faces of those children cannot be posted. Some of the foster parents will post the picture with a graphic over their face, and they are protected through that aspect. Some of the places of where not to take a photo is common sense, such as jails and prisons and in the court room. All of that is private stuff, and you could be in some big trouble if you ever posted a photo from those places. I always ask myself and other people if it’s okay to post a picture that is questionable. Sometimes, it is okay, and sometimes it isn’t. I think it’s important to always make sure that you are allowed to post it.

Reading Response 8

Feature photos are some of the most entertaining pictures to take. In chapter 4, it mentions that feature photos are timeless and with news, you have to be timely. These types of photos never get old, and I think that’s why I like them so much. Everyone loves a picture that never loses its touch. It also talked about good subjects to shoot when shooting feature photographs, and I couldn’t agree more that kids are some of your best subjects. I feel like they are the ones who are going to give you the most entertainment because you never what they are going to do. Surprises are sometimes the best things in pictures. Kobre mentions that candids and silhouettes are good feature photos. A candid gives the picture a more natural look, and a silhouette gives the picture an artsy look, which everyone likes to look at. Sometimes, for features, you have to be in the right place at the right time, or you can be in your own home and shoot features. They are fun and usually end up being those photos that you cherish forever.

In chapter 5, Kobre talks about portraits. As a photojournalist, you have a choice to make portraits very interested or very entertaining. I believe the ones in the book happen to be very entertaining. I like what it says about putting your subject at ease. You want them to feel as comfortable as possible and act like the camera is not there. I know many photographers that have different techniques to loosen up there subject like the book mentions. It’s important because you want to capture their true self. It mentions that we should get to know our subject. This is so true because if you don’t know who you are photographing, your photos aren’t going to turn out like you want them to. Portraits identify people so why not make it fun?