Posts Tagged ‘ photography ’

Tracing the Story – Meet Rosa!

Who’s That Girl?

Usually a photojournalist sets out to report a story, a story that is told and illustrated by images. But it doesn’t always work that way. Some times the images come first and only later you realize they make a story… Continue reading

The Portfolio!

I proudly present: My new portfolio!! Now: What’s wrong with it?

Here’s the recipe: Go through your entire pictures, make a tiny selection, add some audio and video, stirr it up with some web design, make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing and press go! Continue reading

Seattle Winter vs. Paul – Round 2

Ladys and Gentlemen, meet the opponents!!

One the one side: A fearsome, dark, gray, suicide-provocing mass of clouds in the sky
On the other: A heat-radiating, adventurous, camera-swinging me!

Let the battle begin: Round 2!!

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Sources and Ethics – Yays and Nays of Web-Journalism

I just finished reading Ch. 9 of  We The Media by Dan Gillmor.

What I gathered? Five tips on sources and ethics in the digital age for citizen and “professional” journalists that I think are most important. Most of it concerns source, but as a photographer, I could not help commenting on the ethics of using images:

1.”Consider the Source” and “fact check its ass”

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Red Square – A Place of Borders and Transitions

Borders are not fixed - they move around ©pc britz

Borders are not fixed - they move around ©pc britz

Red Square is a central space on the campus of the University of Washington. For some it is a pass-through on their way to their destination, for others it is a place to rest (see a live image of Red Square)
Here is my view on Red Square:
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Cutting Through Seattle’s Summer

Editing Internship and the summer in Seattle?!

After a long application process, last Thursday finally brought a turn in my quest for an internship this summer.

Filmateria Studios had invited me for a second interview on Wednesday and it went really well. They liked my technical skills, my international profile and my knowledge of social networking sites.

Yaayy! Joy and happiness! And back to work: there's lots to do now!

Yaayy! Joy and happiness! And back to work: there's lots to do now!

Hermina gave me the honor of capturing the moment when I got the Email offering me an intern position. We were working in the law library of UW.

The next step will be the application for a visa extension. If the extension is approved, I will stay in Seattle until October as an editing intern on a project called Team Marco Polo – a travel show for kids! Cross your fingers for my summer in Seattle!!

Getting Ready for the Future: Introduction to Digital Audio and Photo

Mark Briggs breaks modern news reporting down to the basics

Journalism 2.0 is a book for “old” journos who want to get their foot in the door of the digital world, but also for youngsters (like me), who are growing up in the digital age and want to use these tools on their way into the professional world. He introduces his readers to new forms of news gathering as well as producing.

In Chapter 7, he focuses on Digital Audio and podcasts, giving an introduction into the variety of recorders and editing programs. He also gives general hints on what you might want to avoid when recording or how you get most out of your recording.

Know your digital equipment to get the story out as fast as possible! ©pc britz

Know your digital equipment to get the story out as fast as possible! ©pc britz


In Chapter 8, Briggs introduces Digital Photography and photo management. As a photographer, this chapter feels inadequate to me. On the other hand, all the other chapters are equally short, which makes me question how much I am missing on the blogging and audio (or video, Chapter 9). This is a reminder that the book is just an introduction to all these fields.

One thing I take away from Chapter 8: Gimp is a free online program supposed to work like PhotoShop. I will have to check that out.

Images That Tell a Story

What makes a good picture? Other than just good composition, journalistic photos need to tell a story or manage to evoke our emotions.

Since the US-Mexican border has recently been a frequent issues in the news media, it has become hard to come up with interesting images. This picture in a story of the MSNBC that focuses (as so many) on the political issues involved around the border adds to the scope of the article by providing information about the border practices in particular.

The National Geographic in “Mexico: The Other Border” entirely shifts the focus away from the border fence and to the personal hardships illegal crossers encounter even before they reach the national border. The photograph creates sympathy for the Mexican immigrants by presenting their dire situation.

A similar strategy makes this photo of an Australian farmer and his children in the “Australian Dry Run” an excellent picture. It creates an emotional reaction in the viewer while it sums up the consequences of the drought, which is the focus of the article.

All three images use composition in order to support the effect they aim to create

Most of the time, photojournalists will not only provide one single image to a story, but create an entire narrative around images or using images for support.

This interview with photographer Ben Lowy uses not only an image of him in an intersting working situation, but also some of his own images to provide the reader with additional information about the photographers work and interests.

Slideshows tend to put a stronger emphasis on the image than additional information. The slideshow Reuters featured on the “Tea Parties” in the USA on Tax Day mostly consists of storytelling images that are given very text for background information. However, the images themselves and in their relation narrate the story of the protests, as for example the reacion of police forces.

Richard Wainwright uses even less text in his slideshow of child polio vacination in India. The images tell the story of preparation and vaccination including the details of how officials kept track of who had been vaccinated in a stunning series of images.