We had a terrific turnout Thursday for the Shooting Breaking News webinar. A tremendous amount of information was given from a handful of GateHouse photographers, including (clockwise from top left) Fred Zwicky of the Journal Star, Dennis Geppert of The Holland Sentinel, Greg Derr of The Patriot Ledger and Stan Myers from The Repository.
Bob Rossiter, a staff photographer from The Repository, also shared photos and advice.
Geared toward our smaller papers where reporters and editors armed with point-and-shoots chase down leads, the advice shared by veteran GateHouse photographers was plentiful and on point.
Here's a quick synopisis of what we covered:
• Tuning in - How to stay informed and follow your instincts
• Being prepared - Don't rely on luck to get good shots
• Before you go - Avoid delays, find best routes to the scene
• Upon arrival - The importance of where you park and getting test shots
• Assessing the scene - Find vantage points to get unique angles
• Shooting the news - What to look for to capture the action
• What not to do - Avoid these mistakes and you'll always be professional
• Shooting fatalities - Standards vary, ethics don't
• Getting photos online - Break news with your photos
• Dealing with authorities - How to act and what to say to be sure you get the shot
If you missed the webinar, download the pdf slides and notes here.