A short course on how to learn to do live reportage photos, to catch the key point of shooting.
Do not think that shooting a reportage is the simplest thing. Reportage is a rather complicated genre. It is necessary to observe all the rules and laws of photography, but at the same time take into account the time factor, which always plays against you.
The key concept of sequential shooting is the term “decisive moment”, and the main task of the photographer is to catch it.
Before shooting imagine in your head what would you like to talk about this event and take pictures basing on the text, complementing and enhancing it. Make a plan-task. Unplanned interesting scenes only decorate your report.
Always think what you can and want to say by the image. No need to make “silent” pictures. Reportage photography should talk about something, scream, cry, laugh itself, without text.
Look for interesting angles. Simple shot is banal. 99% of photographers do so. A good perspective is a half of the battle. A popular urban game “Photocross” is a great training for any photo reporter!
Be mobile. You should be in several places at the same time. However, plan travel routes, for not to disturb the audience and other photographers. Remember, a good photographer is like a vampire – he isn’t reflected in the mirror and in the photographs of other photographers.
Plan in advance where to shoot, and what lens will be used for it. It is best to have a universal lens that covers all necessary focal lengths. In this regard, the work of a reporter is not much different from the craft of snipers.
Get a lens with a wide range of focal lengths. Cheap ones also fit – a strong sharpness on the faces is not always good.
Take what is happening not only on the stage but also in the audience. Without emotions of the audience it’s difficult to convey the atmosphere of the event.
Catch funny faces, absurd movement caught people by surprise. Some well-known publications focus on the use of such pictures: yawning, or stumbling stars and politicians.
Be sure to make overall, medium and large plans. This is one of the basic tenets of reportage.
Composition rules work for all types of photography, including reportage. Do not forget the rule of thirds and other compositional rules.