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Visual Storytelling with Photographs

Chapter 6 of "Journalism Next" by Mark Briggs

Jon Zmikly

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Visual Storytelling with Photographs

Chapters 6-7, Journalism Next
Storytelling: Photographs and Audio
Everyone, everywhere is a photographer
Doing it well takes practice and preparation - it's all about "the moment"
"Are we using 1,000 words where a picture should be?"
Virtually unlimited shots
Mass audience, simple duplication and sharing process
Digital editing
Digital Photography
Two Kinds of Digital Cameras
Edit a copy of the photo
Digital Photo Editing
Edit a copy of the photo - never the original
Crop the photo
Resize the picture
Modify the resolution
Tone and color correct the picture
Save a Web version
Keep it simple
Photo Editing
PICTure ELement

the visual representation of data in a digital image or graphic
What is a Pixel?
What is a megapixel?
1 million pixels
10 megapixels ~ 8.5 x 13in
Ownership, Copyright and Fair Use
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!
Creative Commons Project - Lawrence Lessig
Ranges from "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved"
In 2011, CC-licensed photography topped 200 million
DSLR (Digital DSLR)
more compact
easy to use
more affordable
lens and flash built in
video mode (most)
captures better photographs - larger image sensor
more complex to use
costs 2 to 3 times more
accessories like lens and flash cost extra
video mode getting MUCH better

"the biggest mistake I see when non-photographers try to do documentary photographs is that they are impatient" - Colin Mulvany
Photo Publishing
The New York Times saw a 25% traffic increase on their site the day after Inauguration Day in 2009, thanks in large part to slide shows
Tell a story!
Blog - Wordpress Galleries, within post (wrap text around photo), alt text, screenshots
Slideshows - Flickr
crop, re-size, change resolution, tone and color correct, save different versions (Save for Web...)

Altering photos by adding or removing objects is strictly forbidden
"the invisible medium"
Making Audio Journalism Visible
Audio Storytelling
Tone/inflection of voice, natural sounds, being "on location" all help tell a story
not just a radio format
NPR has grown its digital audience from 13.9 million in 2010 to 17.7 million in 2011

Personal branding
reporter overviews
audio slideshows
breaking news
Types of
Audio Journalism
Recording Interviews
Find a quiet place, but allow for natural sound (different from background noise)
Prepare your subject
Umm...Be quiet!
Try delayed recording
Mark the best spots
Doing Voice-overs
Purpose should be to clarify information
NOT inverted pyramid style (15-20 seconds to test)
Operative words: change volume, pitch, rhythm, tempo
Recording for the ear, not the eye
Remember to use headphones!
Editing Audio
Radio!? Who needs a radio?
Photo Sharing
2013 Study:
46% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created (creators)
41% of adult internet users take photos or videos that they have found online and repost them on sites designed for sharing images with many people (curators)
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