Wedding Photojournalism

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I’ve come to realize that there are various types of photojournalism out in the world so I chose to focus on wedding photojournalism for this week’s post. This type of photojournalism has been popular throughout the past couple of decades mostly for trendy magazines that include highlights of celebratory weddings. It takes on an interesting twist with the way photographers go about shooting weddings; their task is to focus more on capturing the emotions and passion of what’s in front of them rather than just facts about what’s seen in the photograph. For instance in this photograph above has a deeper meaning behind what’s being portrayed here, but the photographer has successfully captured the perfect look on her face as she’s walking up behind the one she’s about to spend the rest of her life with. The photographer also uses the skill of only showing her in focus, automatically telling the audience that she’s the central idea of the picture. However, there’s just enough blur for the audience to see that he’s waiting for her, yet he has no idea that she’s coming up behind him. This photographer was able to capture two completely different emotions in one photograph, which I think is highly impressive.

The biggest difference, however, is that a wedding photojournalist’s job is to capture a series of events and create a story through photographs throughout the evening’s adventures. Although some may believe otherwise, this is indeed a difficult job because these photographers have to strive to capture multiple perfect images throughout a longer period of time. Some photojournalists only wait until they get their shot at a scene and they’re done whereas these photographers aren’t able to leave an event, in fear of risking not capturing multiple perfect shots. Daniel Stark has a great online gallery of photographs of weddings he’s shot; they’re definitely worth taking a look at.

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Poaching

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Photojournalism, in my opinion, is the most successful tactic at getting a reader’s attention. While one may just be scanning through the National Geographic and a graphic or vivid image of a lion waiting to hung its prey down comes across a page, there’s almost no way a reader is going to ignore that image. Photojournalists have to travel deep into the heart of the story to capture the perfect image that says it all. For example the picture of this rhinoceros captures the entire text of the story into one image. Sure it may be a graphic and difficult photograph for some readers to take in, but it shows the cruel, true fact that animals are being severely injured for parts of their body. Photojournalists allow society to vividly see photographs that tell the truth. Journalists who dive in and dig deep to find their story are successful as well, but there’s nothing truer than a photograph.

To view more about this poaching, you can visit http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/rhino-wars/gwin-text.