Sports Photojournalism

Photograph taken by Jose Carlos Fajardo

Photograph taken by Jose Carlos Fajardo

Sports photographs are like snowflakes – no single photograph is the same as another. When it comes to sports photography, there’s no joking around. This type of photojournalism is unique in ways such that it’s all about catching the action, it’s a nonstop photographing event, and best of all, sports photography captures the most memorable pictures. Not only this, but there is a continuous array of images that can be captured within sports. These photographers are always on their feet running from one end of the court or field to the next, capturing various angles and compositions of the event, which ultimately creates the range of photographs that appear the next day in the newspapers from various sources.

Photographers who become lucky enough to shoot events such as MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, NFL Football, and so on are some of the more recognized photographers in the realm of photojournalism. The most recent NFL Super Bowl XLVII is a perfect representation of the photographs that were taken by sports photojournalists. You can view images of the Super Bowl here. As you can see in the first photograph, the player is surround by multiple companies filming the same player at different angles as well, which is how multiple companies are successful because they’re all able to capture their own photograph from a different view. Because each company is able to create their own twist on a single event, photojournalists are constantly on the move, from event to event, capturing images that last forever.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson
“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

This week I wanted to focus more on the photography aspect of photojournalism and talk about Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was considered the “father of modern photojournalism.” He, along with nine other famously known photographers, introduced what the world of photography could do for society and created some of the techniques that photographers now use today. Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup, France and while he was growing up there, a photograph taken by Martin Munkacsi opened his eyes to the world of photography. He was one of the first who began using the 35mm film camera, which is still a popular medium of photography today, and his career flourished from there. Cartier-Bresson ultimately created the type of photography, called Street Photography, by spending his time taking shots of citizens around the streets of his hometown. 1948, however, is the year that he became most famously known for covering Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral along with the last bits of the Chinese Civil War that ended in 1949. Cartier-Bresson traveled all around the world during his lifetime from France to China, India, Soviet Union, and various places around Europe. You can check all of these photographs out in his photo gallery. I highly recommend taking a look at his photographs if you’re into photography because I spent a hefty amount of time taking a look at them, and they definitely affected me and strengthened my appreciation for the art of photography.

How to Write Good Captions in Photojournalism

I figured I would dedicate one of these blog posts to inform people on how to write good captions in photojournalism. Photojournalism isn’t just about finding the right place and the right time to capture the perfect shot, it’s much more than that. These photojournalists can bask in their glory of capturing a great image, but their job isn’t done just yet. They need to have an open spot in their mind for the textual aspect of being a photojournalist. Writing captions is never easy, especially when the photojournalist wants to strengthen the photograph with a caption, and not weaken it. The best way to go about creating a caption is to take it step by step. Here are a couple links as guidelines for writing clear and effective captions: Link 1  –  Link 2