Photography 21, News Photography

Text - Photojournalism-The Professional Approach by Ken Kobre (Recommended)
Equipment and Supplies
· 35mm single lens reflex camera with interchangeable lens capability.
· Automatic or Dedicated flash.

Background - This course provides an in-depth study of photojournalism with emphasis on the creation of news photographs, photo story ideas, photo essays and feature photographs for publication. Photo editing and layout for newspapers magazines and on-line publishing will also be stressed. Students will comprise the photography staff of the campus newspaper, The Valley Star

Course objectives--Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Define the criteria editors look for in assigning and selecting photographs for publication.
2. Distinguish which photographic techniques are most appropriate for a variety of assignments.
3. Develop enterprise photo stories for weekly and special edition use.
4. Employ digital imaging technology and software in preparing photographs for publication.
5. Apply legal and ethical photojournalistic principles when carrying out assignments.

Each student will earn a grade based on the total number of points received for mid-term and final portfolio review. Class participation (quantity and quality of assignments, wild art, participation in production) will also be considered.

Mid-term Portfolio Review 35%
Final Portfolio Review 35%
Class Participation 30%

Course Outline


Photography 21, News Photography

Week 1 Course Orientation

Week 2 Digital Imaging Overview

Week 3 Advanced Exposure Techniques

Week 4 Using Flash in Photojournalism

Week 5 The Assignment-A Professional Approach

Week 6 Advanced Techniques for Photographing Sports

Week 7 Mid-Term Portfolio Review.

Week 8 Developing Story Ideas

Week 9 "Concerned Photography" Using your camera to change your world.

Week 10 The Photo Illustration

Week 11 Marketing your Photographs

Week 12 Working with Stock Agencies

Week 13 Copyright and the Working Photographer.

Week 13 Final Portfolios Due.

Valley Star
Digital Imaging


1. If computers and scanners are off - After making sure that negative carriers are not in scanners, turn on scanner and turn on computer.

2. Place negative in negative carrier emulsion side down (Dull Side). Place negative carrier slide over correct negative. Place negative carrier into scanner slot, push slowly until red dots match, do not force.

3. Open PhotoShop by double clicking on PhotoShop Icon (little box with eye).

4. Open scanner software. File menu> Import> Canon Scan.
In scan dialogue box adjust for the following settings:

· Film Type - 35mm Neg.
· Scan Mode 36 bit color
· Printer 600 dpi
· Resolution 2770

5. Click preview button. Image will appear in box.

6. Rotate Photograph as needed. Adjust crop lines (running ants) on all four sides of image.

7. Click scan button to scan photograph. Scan entire image.

8. In PhotoShop adjust image size. Image>Image Size. Set Resolution at 150. Image size at 5"X7"

9. Check printing info. File menu> Page setup>
§ Check paper size (letter) Orientation (horizontal/vertical), and size (100%)
§ In page attributes click on PhotoShop 5.5 or PhotoShop 6.0.

10 Make border around photograph. Click on border, Type in (1) for one point border around image. Click on boxes marked captions and labels

11. Click on box that is marked Screens.

For Black and White images
· Click on box that says printer default screen and remove check mark
· Set frequency at 70
· Set angle at 45
· Set pixel shape at round

For Color Images
Change to CMYK and 8 Bit -- Image>Mode>CMYK - 8Bit
Click on box that says printer default screen and remove check mark.
· Set Frequency at 70
· Set angle Cyan 105
· Set angle for Magenta 75
· Set angle for Yellow 90
· Set angle for Black 45
· Set Pixel shape Round

12. Correct Image density and tonality. Image> Adjust> Levels.

1. Adjust histogram for proper print density. (should approximate example below) 2. Image>Adjust>Variations (image density)
3. Image>adjust>Curves (contrast)
4. Image> Adjust> Brightness/Contrast

13. Make Print (Apple P/Return) and evaluate. Continue process until you have good quality print-out

14. Adjust image sharpness. Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask.
Amount 75, Radius 1.0, Threshold 1

15. Write caption. File> File Info. Write caption and by-line in caption box.

16. Save image. File>Save As Save images to:

Name File - Date of publication, title of image, section.


Revised 10/13/01 Canon Scanner only

Portfolio Preparation


Many of you are considering a career path in photojournalism or a related field. As a result one of the most important tasks you must do is to develop a professional quality portfolio or "book" as it is called in the field.

The following is an outline describing the procedure for the preparation of your book.

1. Format - 11X14 loose leaf case.

a. May be purchased at art supply stores and most pro photo stores
b. Should have replaceable acetate pages that are clean and unscratched.
c. Should be professional looking and easy for the viewer to handle.

2. Contents - Various work produced by the photographer.

a. Twelve to 20 prints.
b. Tearsheets - clippings of work published in your school newspaper or other
publications (preferably laminated)
c. Photo story/essay printouts
d. Contact sheets
e.Resume - include any honors/contest won and photojournalism association

3. Aesthetics - Style considerations

a. Photographs should represent photographer's best work!!!!!
b. Photographic prints should be 11"X14"
c. Photographic prints can be both color and black and white but about 70% color.
d. Photographic images should include: hard news, sports, feature, environmental
portraiture, Fashion, table-top, etc.
e. Photographs should reflect photographers understanding and use of various
photographic technique and, i.e. dramatic lighting, control of depth of field, and image motion, creative distortion, multiple lighting, etc.

Be Ruthless