your equipment before taking any important pictures. Read the manual. Test the camera. And—if it has batteries—make sure they
are fresh. .
some cases a photo stands alone and tells a story. In other cases it goes with written
words, and together they tell a story.
have control over some photos you take.
You choose the angle so that the sun hits right. You decide where the subject
stands. You pick the
“shooting” a news or sports event, you have little control. The action occurs quickly. You may have no choice over the angle
or framing of the photo.
general scenes and close-ups.
Professionals carry more than one lens: 24mm or 28mm wide-angle
or regular 50mm; 200mm for close-ups.
action. Set your camera focus on
an object where you guess the action might occur. Be ready to shoot quickly. You may get only one shot.
and accurately write down names, titles and affiliations of those you
photograph. Without that
information, a photograph is seldom usable.
photos often present particular problems. Set up clearly defined rows. If
someone is straddling two rows, the identification explanation can be
photos generally should be avoided.
Having the subject(s) engaged in normal activity makes a more natural
and thus more appealing photograph.
explanations with photograph are usually called “captions”. (Sometimes
they are called “cutlines”.) The
trick is to make them complete but brief.
layouts enable in-depth storytelling.
Thumbnail photographs that can be clicked on and expanded are an
effective, space-saving device on web pages.
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