New York magazine has a few tips for getting the most out of your photojournalistic adventure.
The magazine, which is owned by New York-based Vogue, offers tips on how to create your photo story and capture the story as it unfolds.
It also offers recommendations on how best to navigate a photojournalist’s job as a storyteller, which include a series of tips on creating a professional look, and a roundup of tips to help photographers manage their budgets and make time for their families.
Know your subject.
“We tend to think of a story as a bunch of people,” the article reads.
“And in that way, the first three to six hours of your trip is all about finding the right subject to tell a story.”
In order to get your photo in front of the right people, choose subjects who are atypical, like women or people with disabilities.
The article suggests choosing subjects who don’t wear masks, like a disabled or elderly person.
Choose the right gear.
The photojournalists article recommends choosing a tripod and a flash.
“A tripod is a small tripod with a removable lens that is designed to mount on your camera,” the magazine says.
“If you are using a DSLR camera, you should look for a tripod that has a removable flash,” says the article.
“Make sure you use a lens with a focal length of at least f/8.”
Get out of the way.
“It is very important to avoid making eye contact with your subject,” the photojournalis article says.
For the best results, the article recommends getting out of sight.
The photographer should be able to see you from behind, and “if you can see through the lens of your camera, then you should also be able see through your subject.”
For more on how the magazine makes its recommendations, check out this article on how photographers can manage their time and budget.
Use the right camera.
The tips for using the right digital camera are very similar to the ones that photographers use for their photojournaly.
The photos in the magazine’s article are from Nikon D500 and Nikon D300, respectively, and feature mostly black and white subjects.
The D500, for example, has a 5-megapixel sensor with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Nikon D800, meanwhile, has an 8-megapixels sensor with an 18:9 angle of view.
Both the D500s and D300s have a wide-angle lens.
Have the right equipment.
“The best way to get into a shooting environment is to have the right lenses and equipment,” the photographer’s article says, adding that you should always check your camera’s settings and use filters if you have to.
“There are some good reasons for using filters on your DSLR,” the advice says.
Make a commitment.
“I know I’m not supposed to be shooting with a GoPro, but it’s nice to have a tripod on the side of the tripod to help me shoot more slowly,” the guide reads.
“[I] want to be sure that I’m keeping my subject from moving in and out of focus and from getting too close to the camera.”
Make sure you’re shooting at a good shutter speed.
“As long as the camera is on, the shutter speed will stay steady and you will be able view the subject from a safe distance,” the photography guide reads, adding, “If the camera’s not on, you’ll end up shooting too fast and you’ll miss out on important details.”
The article also advises photographers to use the flash to make sure that the subject is visible.
“Lighting will make it easier for you to see your subject from different angles and make it easy for you take your picture,” the tips read.
Choose a good lens.
The best camera for your subject will also be your best lens, says the photographer, adding: “A lens that has low distortion and a sharp image quality is the best lens for your subjects.”
The Nikon 10-megaphone, for instance, has sharpness, image quality and a low distortion factor.
“This is not to say that you can’t use the 10-millimeter as a longer lens for an angle of travel, but to be honest, the Nikon 10 megaphone has the sharpest image in the whole family of cameras,” the author writes.
“Don’t use filters.
Filters will just make your photos look washed out, which will be the end of your story,” the editor writes.
“Filters will make your subject look like they are floating in the air, which would be a bad idea.”
The photographer also suggests choosing filters that are specifically designed for different lighting conditions.
The guide recommends selecting filters specifically for different light conditions, which the photographer says are “the best filters for a variety of circumstances.”