Opinion: 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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Erika Glover

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If Someone Is Serving You With Their Art, You Need To Pay Them

No, it's not for free.

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Okay, so, I used to have a thing for photography. I still do! But, it's more of a hobby for me, and I don't really do photoshoots with anybody because I don't see my photography as being something I want to charge people for. It's just something I like doing, and I don't rely on it for any of my income.

However.

I have plenty of friends that are obsessed with things like photography and have developed their skills so much that they have the ability to charge people for their artwork and build, essentially, a business of their own. Their photography is really good, too!

If you know anything about photography as well, you also know that every photographer has a different sense of style. Someone who's a street photographer isn't going to take photos that look the same as someone who prefers to take photos of special events like wedding or quinceañeras.

That photography? Is art. And you pay for art.

I don't know how many times my friends have told me stories of people who don't want to pay them for taking photographs of them. If not that, they argue that the prices for being photographed are too high. That's insane to me.

Do people not know that it takes time and effort to create art? Someone who's photographing you is working to provide a service to you, and somehow the thought of paying them is an issue? Ridiculous!

People pour their hearts and souls into their artwork, and asking someone to do it for free or for extraordinarily cheap, is totally rude. It doesn't matter if they're your friend either, that just makes it even ruder to suggest they don't deserve to be paid for their efforts.

Pay your friends. Pay artists. Tip them. Compliment their work and share their information with friends and family so you can help them have new clients, and support their business. Just as you would pay someone for fixing your car, or painting your house, pay your artists for taking time out of their day to provide their service to you.

It seems like it would be common sense, but from looking at social media and seeing how people refuse to pay "too much" for "amateur" artists, it seems like it's not as common as I thought. I don't know how many times I've scrolled through Twitter and seen screenshots of people telling nail techs that their prices for the most gorgeous nails were too high. HOW?

Or people criticizing the prices of local caterers. It's ridiculous.

If you afford the service in the first place, maybe reconsider even booking a photo shoot with someone at all. Maybe reconsider getting your nails done? People don't have the time to spend hours of their day providing a service to you for you to not want to reward them for their work.

Shop local. Buy from your friends. Support small businesses. Most of all?

PAY THEM.

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