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.
Chapter 4 of Kobre definitely had some of the funniest photos I’ve seen. I like the paragraph about taking a candid because I love being and taking them. It its such a rare moment that you can capture someones happiness, sadness, every emotion in a one shot and that is very special. I love the nature pictures on page 94 and 95. They all show an art of doing an everyday thing. On page 98 I like the paragraph about find a unique angle because angle is a huge part of photos and can make such an ordinary photo into an extraordinary photo.
Chapter 5 about portraits is definitely one of my favorite chapters. I love taking portraits of people. “Let people be themselves” is a really great paragraph because in oder to get a good representation of the person into a photo they need to feel comfortable and be themselves. If they aren’t is it really a portrait? I also like the paragraphs about light because i am all about light when it comes to photos. If theres good lighting there can be a god picture. reading about group portraits was in treating to me because I’ve never really heard of someone doing this nor did i know it was possible, so it was cool to see an example of this. All in all, best chapter ever!!
Chapters four and five of Kobré’s book cover some of my favorite aspects of photojournalism, from a consumer’s perspective. Both features and portraits are (generally) incredibly interesting, unique and uplifting.
In feature photographs, as Kobré explains, we’re offered a break from the grim onslaught of black and gray often seen in news. Instead we’re greeted with a burst of color, shining faces and wild animals. This break in pattern is what makes feature photos particularly drawing to me.
People are weird. Portraits offer a glimpse into the life of an outsider without breaking any social boundaries, which is an opportunity that we don’t often come by. I found, through looking at the example photos provided by Kobré, the most drawing thing about portraits is oddity. The more funky they are, the more I want to learn more. I found myself paying particular attention to the cutlines in this chapter.
I really liked how this chapter described how to turn words and ideas into pictures. It was really neat to see how these pictures are able to speak a sentence without any words. Pictures are stories without any words and thats what was really neat about this chapter. Also the pictures in this chapter were cool as well.