How to Become a Photojournalist

Friday, October 22, 2010

Many of us have a difference focus we want to take as journalists. One of those focuses is photojournalism.

There are some important steps to take when deciding how to become a photojournalist.

Some of these steps were presented by eHow in "How to Become a Photojournalist."

Step 1: Invest in good equipment meaning get a higher end camera other than a point and shoot. This may be hard to do, but sometimes you need to bite the bullet.

Step 2: Attend a photography or journalism school. This step can be checked off on the list.

Step 3: Get an internship with a magazine or newspaper. This allows you to gain experience and get your name out there.

Step 4: Develop a portfolio to showcase your work. It may help you get an internship or job.

Step 5: Learn how to scan or upload images from your camera to your computer. This should be checked as well because most people know how to do this already.

Step 6: Know how to think quickly and try to emotionally detach yourself from what event you may be covering.

Step 7: Go for the best story and don't settle for the easy break.

Step 8: Prepare for mental and physical tests. Carrying heavy equipment will test you physically while other situations may put your life in danger.

Step 9: Work well under the pressure and don't miss deadlines. I cannot stress this step enough. If you need a time extension just ask for it, don't assume it will be okay if you're late.

Step 10: Make sure what you are capturing photographs of tells a story, and don't be afraid to get up in people's faces to photograph them.

Hopefully this was helpful for all future photojournalists.

If anybody would like to add anything to the list then feel free to do so.


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