Chapter 14 was all about illustrations, which is something that you don’t think about as a photojournalist. A lot of these pictures are interesting to look at, like how they are making one face with many different faces on page 383. One thing I realized is that you would definitely have to use something such as Photoshop to make these certain images come to life. I like what it said about translating the words into images and the example that it gave us. People can’t picture something if they are looking at words but if you put them together, giving them an actual visual of what they are reading, they will understand it more. The book mentions that some illustrated photos don’t catch the reader’s attention at all. I think you have to make sure that what you are creating will be something that will interest your reader or else they aren’t going to take time to read more into it. I would still prefer actual photographs, but illustration is sometimes necessary to get a point across.
As I looked at each of the photographs in chapter 10, it was obvious that different issues going on in our country today were portrayed. Each photo told a story about what the issue was and how it was taken care of. The picture of the man who died with AIDS is a picture that shows the care of a woman who is there to comfort those people. I was shocked at many of the pictures that involved guns and alcohol. Even though that is an ongoing issue in our country, it still amazes me to see what people do with it and how they abuse that privilege. I believe to be a photographer that takes these kinds of pictures, you have to be one thing, BRAVE. By the looks of the photos in the book, these photographers are right in the middle of the action. Chapter 10 mentions that research is important when writing stories like this. I couldn’t agree more because you don’t want to put something out there that isn’t true. You want your readers to trust what you are saying, and if you don’t look more into this topic, then they will lose that trust with you. Look at stories that happened before this that are similar. Relate it to what is happening now. Get all of your information together, and then write your story.