1. In my Media Photography I Class, I recently observed the difference between the DSLR and Point-and-shoot cameras come to life during one of our assignments. The assignment was to shoot two photographs that effectively demonstrate two extreme versions of depth of field. Briggs mentions that point-and-shoot cameras are more compact, easier to use and more affordable, while DSLR cameras capture better photographs because its image sensor is commonly 10 times larger. I was assigned a rangefinder, or point-and-shoot camera, for my photography class and struggled with achieving the depth of field assignment because my camera only went up to F8, while people with DLSRs were able to get really great shallow depth of field shots because their image sensors provided a greater means to do so.
2. Another idea that I connected with in this chapter is the idea that photography is about capturing “fleeting moments.” I tend to feel that pictures should not be contrived, but capture the natural essence of whatever the subject matter is. This is something that I try to eliminate in my work as a fledgling photographer/photojournalist. Recently, I actually shot pictures of a friend of mine for some PR stuff, and though the pictures were staged in advance, I feel as though they still came out to be “free” photographs–that is, photographs free of facade and over-hype. Below is a sample of my edited work:
Two questions I might pose, regarding this chapter, are the following:
1. How do you pick and choose which photographs to pursue to accompany a story, without being too literal, too abstract, or too trite? How do you perfect finding that happy medium in selecting photographs? The chapter does briefly discuss how to determine which photographs are best to use–but, how do you know which photographs you should go out and shoot in the first place?
2. My second question is: Where is the true line between photo editing and photo illustrating and when is it appropriate to integrate both categories of photograph types? Do people, or an audience, prefer photo illustrations to accompany news stories? Or would they prefer a raw photograph?