Class Notes: Digital Photography

Digital Photography

  • Digital allows as many photos as your memory card can handle, often hundreds
  • Ability to analyze photos immediately
  • Smartphones and laptops

Digital Photo Basics

  • Read the manual and understand the machine you’re working with
  • Repetition is key to improvement
  • Hold the camera steady and with proper form
  • Get close to the action, don’t be afraid to get what you need, when you need it
  • Think about your audience and how they will react to your photo

More on Digital Photos

  • Think about the big shot, the front page
  • Think about photo galleries, images for video or shots that can be used in the future
  • Don’t forget about your deadline and shipping photos to your editor as fast as possible
  • Ethics: Do not misrepresent a photo, add a dimension or delete anything (cropping is fine for the most part)… unethical journalism is very common with digital photography and unacceptable
  • Record ALL necessary info for captions
  • What works? Composition, emotion, light and outside-the-box
  • Go where other photographers aren’t
  • Don’t forget all equipment: tri-pod, batteries, extra memory cards, etc
  • Act natural, move around
  • Be aware of background
  • Keep the light behind you
  • Editing: iPhoto, Photoshop, basic cropping and lighting all work

Mobile Photography

  • Think mobile first in a pinch
  • Have the proper apps downloaded for editing, for uploading, etc.
  • How can you utilize Instagram with journalism?
  • Keep stabilization in mind… could be blurry

Camera apps for iPhone

  • Adobe Photoshop Express (editing)
  • Dropbox (storage/uploading)
  • Instagram/Hipstamatic (social features/lens)
  • Flickr (upload/storage)
  • Photosynth (panoramic)
  • Pic stitch (photo collages)
  • Pro HDR


  • Changing photos is unethical
  • Editing color can be borderline unethical
  • Taking photos from another site is unethical
  • Know your boundaries… your rights… i.e. Phil Datz situation