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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:17 PM
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Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

I'm going to take a brave step in my efforts to improve my photography skills by posting here.

I belong to a local photography club and we have a monthly photo competition that offers critique from a professional photographer(s). Our submitted photos are scored using a point system, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements given higher points. These points accumulate throughout the year, with the highest cumulating points qualifying for the photographer of the year award. Being the amateur that I am, I am requesting your critique for the two photos I thought I would enter into the competition this coming Tues.

This months assigned category is - Photojournalistic.

1.) Do you feel as though these attached photos fit into this category?

2.) What are your thoughts on the composition; lighting; etc.

Thanks for your time & critique in advance
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Old March 21st, 2009, 03:49 PM
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I like the first shot more, but I don't see how it fits into photojournalism. The second one has great lighting, but the sign looks paint-ed it somewhat.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 04:00 PM
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I like the first shot more, but I don't see how it fits into photojournalism. The second one has great lighting, but the sign looks paint-ed it somewhat.
Thanks for replying For the first shot I was thinking there was a story to tell about the structure itself. The second one, the story speaks for itself. Both photos are originals with no added effects or corrections. So... do you think the second one would qualify for photojournalism?
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Old March 21st, 2009, 04:03 PM
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Yes, I definatly think the second one qualifies as photojournalism.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Re: Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

Taken from Wikipedia:
Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, and in some cases to video used in broadcast journalism or for personal use. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (such as documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by the qualities of:

* Timeliness the images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events.

* Objectivity the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone.

* Narrative the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level.
Looking at both photos you posted I see very little that relates to photojournalism. What story are your images telling? What event is being conveyed?

I look at the first image and see a run-down building. So? Is the building historic and there are wrecking cranes nearby? Was this the scene of some recent tragic event? What jouralistic situation is this relating too?

I look at the second image - yes it is a tad closer to PJ than the first, but again - what event are you conveying to the viewer? Where's the accident, the drunk person on the ground, the fact that the building in the background is a bar with cars, etc.?
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Re: Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

I would tend to agree with David somewhat. Of course that's without seeing any accompanying text that could change everything. Both shots are very nice shots to me but more as fine art than PJ. If your story was about an abandoned house, the house pic probably wouldn't have been cropped so tight but rather would have shown more of the surroundings. That might not been as pleasing to look at as this shot but it would have told that particular story. OTOH, if the story was about the fact that the house was dangerous, it may have needed to be cropped around some loose bricks to tell the story. Then again, if the story was about the use of arches in the architecture of the period, it may well should have focused on the doorway. That isn't to say that shot wouldn't fit with some facts in some way, but it seems the word would be needed to explain it with this pic.

The second shot again is artistically cool with the bright neon colors and the combining of red brick with the sign - oh and light is way cool - but the crop shouts art to me - not facts.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Obliged, for the insightful photograph critiques. Will make a mental note for future referencing.
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Re: Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

I think your ultimate goal for a winning entry for photojournalism would be the ability of your photograph to tell the story without the need for words.

I think your photos are both good in their own right but I don't come away with the story. What are you trying to tell us with these shots ? If you are successful - we won't need to ask.
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Re: Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

Chiming in on the general concensus thus far, I don't think either would count as PJ. I agree they are both nice captures. I like the first better than the second. But they don't really match the theme.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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Re: Camera Club Monthly Photo Competition

I'm with Musteno802 on the choice of journalistic images. But let me say that the first image is quite a well balanced shot, with a LOT of interest. The doorway/window on the left pulls me in.

Regarding the "drunk driving" sign - I think it's captivating. The shadowing gradient really adds a lot of interest to the image, and I tend to follow that gradient right into the sign itself. To me, this image is unique enough, and technically fine, that if it was mine, I would submit to a contest, but not particularly a journalistic contest.

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