Here's My View: Photojournalism Is The Most Powerful Form Of Journalism

Here's My View: Photojournalism Is The Most Powerful Form Of Journalism

Using photos to spread awareness about certain events is crucial in making the world feel more connected to what is going on in the world around them.

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Spreading current events and news stories throughout the world is one of the most important things done in our society. Journalism, the actual profession or act of writing news for a variety of platforms, is responsible for dispersing these topics to keep everyone informed of what exactly may be going on anywhere in the world. Sharing serious stories and conveying them in a productive manner is what makes journalism such a vital aspect of our world. Journalism makes it possible for us to read up on all the things we would otherwise have no clue about.

With this being said, photojournalism, the practice of communicating this news through photographs, is an even more important aspect when it comes to journalism. Through written news, we are able to read about what is happening in the world around us. However, through photographs, we are able to actually see for ourselves exactly how people are being affected. The phrase as old as time, "a picture is worth a thousand words," illustrates this importance perfectly. While an article could have multiple paragraphs going on about this event, we could have just one or two photos, showing us everything we need to know and more.

The way in which a photo can convey so many things: events, emotions, severity. Sometimes a photo is capable of communicating things we would never be able to with our own words. The power of actually being able to see a scene with our own eyes as opposed to simply reading it is so much greater. Without photography and those who take the time to travel to these serious or devastating scenes, the impact of these events on our lives would never be as incredible as they are with them.

Overall, photojournalism is an extremely underappreciated aspect of our news and media outlets. Journalism itself is a vital part of our society, but the even more detailed field of photojournalism is something we would not be able to live without. The ability to see events we are not personally living through ourselves allows us to feel more connected to our society, and maybe even make us realize we are closer to this news than we may think.

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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10 Spots To Take Artsy Photos In New York City's Oculus

A look in the Oculus through odd, fun profile shots.

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The Oculus in downtown Manhattan is a train station, plaza, and shopping center all-in-one! This 350,000 square-foot World Trade Center shopping mall is built right next to the 9/11 memorial site. It's a beautiful and huge mall and I took some pictures to capture the beauty of it (featuring my friends).

1. Fairy light stairs

Whether you like weird poses or serious poses, this staircase near the entrance of the Oculus is right for anyone in need of a new profile picture.

2. Honey lavender Yankee Candle of the month

With the changing colors of the walls, you can wait until the lights match the color of your hair so you can look like a Yankee Candle advertisement.

3. Look over there, it's all the stores that I can't afford to shop at

Actual photo of two girls trying to find the Forever 21.

4. Shop or photo shoot destination?

This is outside of a Victoria's Secret, but no one has to know that.

5. Toy store or another photo shoot destination?

At the toy store, Toytoise, cartoony backpacks and purses are up for sale.

6. White world (Trade Center)

Sometimes you have to find odd corners to get the best pictures. This marshmallow wonderland is perfect for a spontaneous photo op.

7. Lookin' like a polar bear's spine or something

If you're going to go anywhere, go to the top floor to look over all the people passing by below you as if they are your humble servants and you are their faithful ruler.

8. Twinsies

Taking pictures outside the Oculus in the dark makes for some great silhouette photos.

9. Outside the Oculus

Flower boxes. Art. Amazing. Yes. Good.

10. This is an illusion

Experiment with your angles! Because I got closer to this box and shot from a lower angle, it looks like my friend is stepping on what looks like a much bigger box.

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