Class Notes: Digital Photography

Digital Photography

  • Digital allows as many photos as your memory card can handle, often hundreds
  • Ability to analyze photos immediately
  • Smartphones and laptops allow for immediate uploads
  • Camera types
    • point and shoot
    • DSLR
    • Smartphone
  • Read the manual and understand your tool
  • Repetition is key to improvement
  • Hold the camera steady and with proper form
  • Get close to the action, don’t be afraid to get what you need, when you need it
  • Think about your audience and how they will react to your photos

More on Digital Photos

  • Think about the big shot, the front page
  • Think about photo galleries, images for video or shots that can be used in the future
  • Don’t forget your deadline and shipping photos to your editor as fast as possuble
  • Ethics: Do not misrepresent a photo, add a dimension or delete anything (cropping is fine for the most part) … unethical journalism is very common with digital photography and unacceptable
  • Record ALL necessary info for captions
  • Go where other photographers arent
  • Don’t forget all equipment: trip-pod, batteries, memory cards, etc.
  • Act natural and move around
  • Be aware of the backround
  • Keep the light behind you
  • Editing: iphoto, Photoshop, basic cropping and lighting work

Mobile Photo

  • Think mobile first in a pinch
  • Have the proper apps downloaded for editing, for uploading, etc
  • How can you utilize Instagram with journalism?
  • Keep stabilization in mind … could be very blurry

Camera Apps for iPhone

  • Adobe Photoshop Express … for editing
  • Dropbox
  • Instagram
  • Flickr
  • Pic Stitch
  • Pro HDR


  • Changing photos is unethical
  • Editing color can be borderline unethical
  • Taking photos from another site is unethical
  • Known your boundaries .. your rights

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