Teaching Examples

Gathering audio and shooting too
July 18, 2006, 5:07 pm
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I’m hearing from photo editors that they are a bit surprised nowadays when a fresh new college graduate in photojournalism doesn’t know how to gather and edit audio.

For interviews you can either chose to ask questions before or after the event you’re photographing is over. I’ve done both. The majority of the time I get to an assignment I talk with a subject for several minutes before shooting a frame — so why not take live audio during that time? It’s also beneficial to interview a person afterwards, once you know what you’ve photographed you should have a general idea of how you are going to sculpt the slide show and you can thus ask questions which relate to your vision.

Nhat Meyer, a staff photographer with the San Jose Mercury News, wrote that at SportsShooter (Putting the Multi in Your Media for On-Line Galleries, July 3). Meyer delivers a gold mine of great tips for bringing home everything you need for a good multimedia package. For example:

When I know I’m producing a slide show for an assignment my shooting style does change. A 1:30 second slide show needs about 18 images (at 5 seconds per image) to fill up the show. You don’t want to have to throw in one or two crappy images just to fill out the slideshow so every frame becomes more important.

… I have produced 23 slideshows all but two of the shows contained ambient sound. The majority of the slide shows were two or three ambient sound clips equaling about a minute to a minute and a half, making it super easy to edit. I was able to knock out the slide shows in about 30-60 minutes.

This is hardly rocket science. Photojournalists everywhere are learning the audio ropes and building slideshows, so it’s high time for the kids in j-schools to do the same.

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