How to shoot like a pro (or at least not like an amateur)
By Ann Hui
If you're a young journalist, chances are you'll get asked to shoot video and photos -- even if you haven't been trained.
At a Canadian Association of Journalists news innovation workshop Saturday, Anne-Marie Jackson and Tory Zimmerman of the Globe and Mail gave a workshop on shooting video and taking photos. They demonstrated that no matter your skill level, there are simple ways to improve.
They talked about the rule of thirds, aperture and focus and offered up these nuggets of advice to turn any journalist into a better photographer/videographer:
- Details, details, details. Get pictures of details for context. These may not make the main photo, but are great for photo galleries or other photo presentations.
- When you think you've got the shot, keep on shooting. Keep in mind that a photo editor needs a bunch of photos to put together a soundslide, video or photo gallery, and a few photos won't cut it. Assume you'll need photos for a photo presentation even if you haven't been asked for them.
- Light is your friend. Whenever possible, turn off the automatic flash on your computer and get creative with available light.
- Be aware of noises in a room. A refrigerator, pet, or incoming phone call can be overlooked when you're collecting audio. Don't forget to turn off your phone.
- Try to get your subject in a variety of positions and in wide, medium and close-up shots
- Don't talk over people!
Ann Hui is a radio room reporter at the Star. She is also completing her final year of the master of journalism program at Ryerson University. firstname.lastname@example.org