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Transcript of Photojournalism
2 hours per week - 12 weeks for one semester
part of a required course for journalism students
In the third part, students have the opportunities to operate on computers to edit their photos.
Examples of Teaching in Class
The second part is the most fundamental section. In these seven weeks, some professional skills are taught carefully.
I will introduce the function of single-lens reflex camera in detail, and also present abundant photos in contrast.
Slides are always necessary.
Students will learn through:
acquisition + inquiry + discussion + collaboration + practice
Teaching Resources from the Internet
Because this learning unit for the course is just an elementary one for photojournalism, it doesn’t refer to interviewing with news photography or taking photos in a real news event. So students still need advanced courses for further learning afterwards.
What’s the criterion of good photojournalism?
What’s the main function of digital camera?
How can you produce good pictures?
What can you do after you take the photos?
mastering the basic skills of photography
learning throuth practice
improvement of collaboration and communication
ability to analyze and criticize
Students will learn:
assessing quality of photojournalism
The techniques of taking good pictures, especially for journalism
photo editing skills and caption writing
Week 5 Use and types of digital cameras
Week 7 Depth of field, depth of focus and hyper focal
The relation between human figures photography and depth of field
When shutter speed is high---
static and moving body are clear
merit: solidify dynamic moment
Assignments of Class
preview introductory materials regarding digital cameras
browse the websites posting news photos currently
take a series photos of a given topic
such as scenery on campus or portrait photography
prepare for presentation in groups
Students are allowed to raise questions whenever in class.
Time: Week 9
Place: An amusement park
Subject: Figures and scenery
The teacher and several assistants will lead students to the location and each student should bring their digital camera or mobile phone with camera lens.
Here, teacher will act as a supervisor, providing views and advice when students conduct practice.
Week 1 introduction to the course
course description, student objectives and assessment evidence
the definition, status, rules and effect of journalism
the themes and forms of photojournalism
the evaluation criterion of photojournalism
a journalist’s professional quality
photojournalism, moral and law
Properties and types of lens
Use and types of digital cameras
Exposure and metering technology
Depth of field, depth of focus and hyper focal
*Fieldwork (going out to take pictures in an amusement park)
Overview of the key points in this part
Week 11 dealing with digital images by software
Basic knowledge of photo explorer
Adjustment of size, light etc.
Week 12 students’ practice workshop
Using the tools of picture processing on computer
A short conclusion of the course
Comments and questions on the course
" Three important aspects of photojournalism include:
1. Timeliness or Relevance - Images or photos are significant to a written story.
2. Impartiality - Depicted images are a non-discriminatory portrayal of actual events.
3. Narrative Story - Collective photographs and relevant news elements can effectively update and inform readers. "
-- from V.C. Higuera
"Learning the Ethics and Techniques of Photojournalism"
Tools & Learning Environment
Digital camera or mobile phone with camera lens
My students will learn
---through classroom instruction and seminars
---through discussing in groups on Facebook/Renren
---by the means of going out to take photos
---by using the tools of Picture processing
ACD See 9.0/Photo Explorer/Adobe Photoshop
active participation 10%
performance in presentations in class and discussions online 20%
photography works for homework 30%
(photos arranged in portfolios for each task)
a written exam for theories 40%
Thank you for appreciation!
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
-- An introductory unit for journalism students
Part A about photojournalism
Part B how to take good photos
Followed are some cases in this section
---When shutter speed is low
moving body is vague
merit: strong dynamic effect
Method of following the shooting---
static body is vague
merit: show both figure and
dynamic of subject
Part 3 picture processing
By Haomin Tian