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Tips and Tricks on Being A News Photographer

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Ramon Nunez  Manager, News Operations Ramon Nunez Manager, News Operations

By: Ramon Nunez  Manager, News Operations

"I can do that!"  We all watch the News and sometimes it seems easy. Point the camera, press the button, and it does the rest. Well, it kind of does. The cameras used by professional photographers and camera people are incredibly sophisticated. They have a function that can record video before you press the start button, for up to 15 seconds.  That's an eternity in the News business. You most likely won't have something like that but instinct can give you the same results. That's what experience brings. 

Be your own quarterback. Think about it. Quarterbacks use their instinct to feel people all around them.  They also use peripheral vision to see everything 180 degrees in front.  That's what a highly experienced photographer will use to look for shots that not everyone else may see. Its not just whats in front of you, but everything that's happening around the main event.  Shooting a reaction of someone seeing something happen is sometimes more powerful than seeing what happened. Physical and facial reactions can tell the story. That's what I look for when shooting Breaking News. Peripheral vision, so I don't miss anything important right in front of me but also not miss any extreme reaction to what's happening. Now, I won't say I haven't run into a pole or two while backing up doing an interview in a crowd.  Ouch!  I have.  But looking around and having a game plan is something you learn over the years, and, after a few bumps on the head. 

These are just some tips to think about when you're watching a News story or maybe videoing your niece at her birthday party as she walks toward you. Watch out for the Pinata party going on behind you !!!! 

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