Exercise 1.2 – Reportage (P.33)

Find a street that particularly interests you – it may be local or further afield. Shoot 30 colour images and 30 black and white images in a street photography style. In your learning log, comment on the differences between the two formats. What difference does colour make? Which set do you prefer and why? The following images are from a set of about 50 that I took in and around the market square in Cambridge. They were taken on a day with light grey cloud cover which gave a flat, even light. The images were taken with 50mm and 85mm … Continue reading Exercise 1.2 – Reportage (P.33)

Exercise 1.1 – Eyewitnesses (P.23)

Find some examples of news stories where ‘citizen journalism’ has exposed or highlighted abuses of power. How do these pictures affect the story, if at all? Are these pictures objective? Can pictures ever be objective? Write a list of the arguments for and against. For example, you might argue that these pictures do have a degree of objectivity because the photographer (presumably) didn’t have time to ‘pose’ the subjects, or perhaps even to think about which viewpoint to adopt. On the other hand, the images we see in newspapers may be selected from a series of images and how can … Continue reading Exercise 1.1 – Eyewitnesses (P.23)