Photojournalism 2015/16

a way too short semester course

Basic rules of photojournalism

NPPA Code of Ethnics

-Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects

-Editing should maintain integrity of the photographic images' content and context. Do not manipulate images or add or alter sound in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.

-Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.

Important camera options

Important events in the History of Photography

-In 1826 Joseph Niepce took the first permanently fixed image with a camera obscure. The 8 hour exposure was then washed with oil, lavender and petroleum creating a picture of his backyard.

-In 1829 Louis Daguerre continued Niepce's work and discovered that by exposing silver coated copper plates and then chemically develop the picture reduces the exposure time. He called his invention the Daguerreotype camera.

-In 1948 Dr. Edwin Land invented a one-step process machine called "Polaroid camera" for developing and printing photos.

My favorite pictures I took in the beginning of the semester

Humans of Fossil Ridge

One of our projects was inspired by Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York". We had to interview strangers and take their picture. When I asked one of the security guards what the strangest thing was that had ever happened to him on the school property, he replied "This one time I drove to school, I opened my car door and saw a snake".

Elements of composition

SAT photographed words

Another assignment was about spelling a word with photographs, my word was "condescending"

Playing with Photoshop


In these 5 months we learned so much about history, cameras, journalism, captions, composition and photoshop. My favorite project probably was "Humans of Fossil Ridge" because it made me interview and get to know people I've never met before in the strangest way imaginable, I love Brandon Stanton's work it is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard about. I liked the independence we had in this class we could walk through the school and take pictures. I think everybody enjoyed the scavenger hunts and the photo competitions. It was nice to go outside to explore the school campus and to take nature pictures. Attending this course was a great experience and I think photojournalism and photography is something that can be very useful in jobs and in general. It was very interesting to learn about the most successful photojournalist's pictures and how they were created. I'm going to miss every single moment of this semester especially the atmosphere in our class, we worked together as a team and helped each other to create the best projects possible. We had so much fun, it was an awesome time, I can't imagine how the next semester is going to be like without this class.

my best shots from the end of the semester