A bit of history

The Shell-Shattered Area of Chateau Wood, Flanders (Picture by Frank Hurley, 1917)
The Shell-Shattered Area of Chateau Wood, Flanders (Picture by Frank Hurley, 1917)

Read: The photograph and Australia: timeline
Look: 25 of the most iconic photographs and 40 Must-See photos from the past

Today we’ll have a brief look at the history of news photography and the “news” in news photography; we’ll consider photographers as journalists and vice versa (the blurred lines of being multiskilled) – and the importance of knowing the story and recognising the most significant element(s).

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Intro to MoPho & first apps

Basketball, late Monday afternoon. Photo ©Verity Chambers

In his video, iPhone photographer Emil Pakarklis explains seven really simple techniques you can use to make your mobile photography good. As with DSLR and larger format photography, the key ingredients are light, composition, and perspective or point of view.

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Great Insta accounts to follow

After the party. iPhone photo ©Verity Chambers

As with any creative pursuit, it’s hard to become a great practitioner unless you look at other people’s work. By far the best way to learn to write well is to read a lot (and then write a lot). It’s exactly the same with singing, dancing, painting and … photography.

Here are some awesome (mostly Australian) Instagram accounts to spend some time with. have a look through their work, and follow the ones that inspire you. A few of my absolute favourites: Leigh Henningham, Simone De Peak, Andrew Quilty, and Christine Pearl.

I’d love you to add your favourites in the comments.

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Adam Taylor, The Daily Telegraph @adamtaylorphoto

Alex Ellingshausen, The Sydney Morning Herald @alexellingshausen

Andrew Meares, The Sydney Morning Herald @mearesy

Andrew Quilty, freelancer (Afghanistan) @andrewquilty

Brian Cassey, freelancer @brian_cassey

Christine Pearl, US-based doco photographer @cyanpepper

Dallas Kilponen, Fairfax sports photographer @dallas_kilponen

David Guttenfelder, AP photojournalist @dguttenfelder

Dean Sewell, freelancer @dean_sewell

Ed Wray, freelancer @ed_wray

Everyday Australia, curated account @everydayaustralia

Glenn Campbell, freelancer (northern Australia) @glenn_campbell

Graham Crouch, freelancer (India) @delhigraz

Gregg Porteous, sports photographer @skipper_aust

Head On Photo Festival @headonphotofestival

James Brickwood, Fairfax @jamesbrickwood

Janie Barrett, Fairfax @janiebarrettphotos

Jon Reid, freelancer (Newcastle) @sharperstill

Leigh Hennigham, Fairfax @leighhenningham

Life, magazine archive @life

Grant Turner, freelancer (Sydney) @mediakoo

Mark Evans, Daily Telegraph @evohood

Markus Andersen, freelancer (Sydney) @markusxandersen

Nick Moir, Fairfax @nampix

Noor Images, agency @noorimages

Oculi, agency @oculi

Phil Hillyard, The Daily Telegraph @philhillyard

Simone De Peak, Fairfax @simonedepeak

Tamara Dean, freelancer @tamaradean

Wolter Peeters, Fairfax @shooterwol

Photojournalism: the power of photography

Ritualism 9, from a series by Tamara Dean (http://oculi.com.au/photographers/tamara-dean/)

TOPIC: Telling a story with photographs

LINKS:

World Press Photo: 2015 winners

Yuri Kozyrev, Dispatch from Libya

Magnum photographer Larry Towell’s film projects – combinations of still and moving photography

Ritualism, a project by Australian photographer Tamara Dean

Oculi, a cooperative of creative Australian photographers

Magnum photo archive

GOOD READING:

The NYT Lens Blog

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Taking good photographs is a lot like learning to write: if you’re ever going to be any good at either skill, you must consider other people’s work first. It’s ok when you’re starting out to find a photographer (or writer) you really admire, and try to emulate his or her work. Once you reach proficiency you’ll begin to use your own voice or style.

The links above are to the work of many, many extraordinarily talented photographers and photographic artists, and most of us can only dream of ever being so good. But as the great cliche goes, every journey begins with a first step.

As you explore the sites, consider why a photo or series of photographs affects you. How does the photographer tie a collection of pictures together? Can images tell a story more effectively than words? Why, or why not?

FOR NEXT WEEK: Take a photo of something – anything – which makes you feel some sort of emotion. Try to follow the advice we considered today about including a subject in your photo, and include a caption, or photo description (be as creative as you like!) Post your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #TAFEmopho

Copyright on the Internet

Copyright is for losers ... not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.
Copyright is for losers … not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.

Observing the copyright of other writers, photographers, video makers, and illustrators is very, very important when you’re putting together your multimedia project. You may not use just any old photo or illustration you find using Google Image search. Similarly, you cannot simply “reblog” great stuff you find on other people’s blogs or web sites. Using other people’s work without permission is illegal. It also devalues the work professionals do, which may make your own work worth less in the future, when your work is your livelihood. That’s worth thinking about!

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