While faced with indefinite unemployment and soon-to-end relief checks, not a few photography buffs have turned to freelance photojournalism to earn a living. However, the field is highly competitive, as the job also requires looking for an outlet to where one can pitch his or her photographs.
Still, those encountering difficulties in getting their photographs published need not be discouraged easily. Many of those who have already found a footing in this type of freelance profession, offer advice and technical suggestions. There are numerous helpful articles that give pointers to amateur photojournalists; on where and how to pitch their photos, on images to best capture and how to safely, as well as responsibly, take photographs.
Now More Than Ever, Photojournalists can Make a Difference
Photojournalism makes an important contribution because visual documentation serves as a critical element in distinguishing genuine news from fabricated stories.
Augmenting one’s income as a freelance photojournalist is a good idea but there are also work ethics involved when engaging in this profession. Since photographs of people have the most impact, one must also know and pay heed to the basic rules that professional photojournalists observe and follow.
Important Rules to Remember When Taking Photos of Protest Movements
If you are embarking on a career as a freelance photojournalist, the quality of your output also depends on the equipment you will be using. Needless to say, you should come equipped with more than your smartphone camera. An action camera is more appropriate since it has more features that will allow you to take photographs with more clarity, especially capturing images of moving objects.
When taking photographs at protest rallies, keep in mind that safety not just for yourself but for others as well, is a major consideration. Here are some important tips to remember:
Have a mindset to stay vigilant and to not take quick action without assessing if you would be in harm’s way; or could cause an impediment or possible harm to some protesters.
Dropping on your knee in front of protesters just to take a photo is dangerous, because the people behind the front line will not be aware. A sudden unexpected stop could cause a chain reaction of people tripping on each other. At worst, you can even get trampled on if protesters choose to ignore you and continue to move on.
Stay respectful by not getting in anyone’s face without asking permission first. Being a photojournalist does not give you the right to freely take photos of people, especially if they are not aware, or even if they have a mask on. Have awareness that some protesters could be at risk of losing their jobs. Some may have given their employers a different reason why they did not report for work.Others may be living in neighborhoods or affiliated with organizations that do not support the cause of the protest movement.
If you are looking to post your photographs at social media sites, blur or blacken out faces and other identifying features, including tattoos. Some action cameras have a Wifi connection feature that allows for real-time sharing via social media, but do not be too eager to use the feature. Take time to review the photographs first before uploading.
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