Preparation for the midterm exam on Mon., March 5

Your mid-term written exam will be an open-note, written exam with multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions, along with a few short essay questions at the end to make sure you can briefly discuss some topics. It will be timed – you will have one hour to complete it. There’s a lot of material we have covered so far, so you don’t want to be randomly searching through handouts while the clock is ticking.

Start reading and reviewing now so you are familiar with the material and know which handout to search if you get stumped.

HINT: Many of the topics are thoroughly discussed and give multiple examples and details, but the concepts I really want you to know are usually in bold-face type or in italics. So start there.

I handed this out in class, but here is the study sheet to help you narrow things down:

Photojournalism midterm exam study sheet

Some parts in the study sheet give you the answers, right out. Others ask questions, so you should read the handouts so you can answer those questions.

The links to the handouts and presentations are spread out over different posts on the web site as follow-ups to each class, but I will list direct links to them here:

If you want to view the videos from the presentations (it might help), you’ll have to find the posts here on the website related to the topic, however.

If you haven’t read the handouts/study materials, do it now, perhaps even before you look at the study sheet. By reading the handouts, you will get a much better idea about where to look for answers ahead of time. Trust me, you don’t want to be reading the handouts for the first time while you are taking the exam.

During the exam, you can use this post and create tabs in your internet browser for each handout. Or you can download them and print them out, if you like. Just have the material handy to you while you take the exam.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Materials from Ethics lesson (2/19)

Here is a bullet-pointed synopsis of John Long’s video, along with some updated thoughts and suggestions:

Ethics in the Age of Digital Photography Study Guide

Also, please read and download the material about issues of “taste” in photographing and publishing potentially controversial photographs depicting death and tragedy:

Lessons in Humanity: The Ethics of Taste in Photojournalism

And lastly, as always, here is the PDF version of the presentation:

Photojournalism Ethics Presentation

NOTE: For those who missed class, make sure you scroll through the presentation and read my presenter’s notes. The associated videos are below.

These are important issues. Like I said in class, your generation will determine how photographs remain credible testimonies in the context of news. Know the issues and think about how to solve some of the problems we experience with credibility in visual journalism.

Expect to see some additional articles posted on the FB group to help you expand your understanding. Hopefully, we can generate further discussion about this.

As always, contact me if you have any questions.

Videos from presentation:

Photoshop CS5 Tutorial Content Aware Fill


Because of copyright restrictions, I cannot post James Nachtwey’s excerpt from “War Photographer.” But here is a link to the video posted on my Google Drive account:

Nachtwey’s Mission (Excerpt from “War Photographer”)


Follow-up on Classes 1 and 2

Here are some handouts to reinforce what we’ve discussed in the first two classes. You should downloads these and read through them. It’s up to you whether or not you want to print them out. These will be your study materials for exams and, hopefully, the handouts will lead to better discussions during class time in the future as we build a base of knowledge.

From class #1: Why are photographs the front porch of the news? How do we cut through the noise of all the photographs we are exposed to every day and create meaningful photographs in the context of news? What are the strengths and weakness of photographs as a medium for communication? What distinguishes professionals from amateurs?

Photographs: The front porch of the news

In class two, we examined the language of photography, it’s power to communicate, and began to create a new vocabulary for discussing photographs with Joe Elbert’s Hierarchy. Here is some follow up. First, here is a link to the actual memo that Joe Elbert shared at a photo editing workshop to help introduce his hierarchy for photo discussions. It’s well worth the time to read what one of the most successful photo editors in the biz has to say:

Joe Elbert’s Memo

Next is an expanded discussion of the Hierarchy.

Joe Elbert’s Hierarchy

Like I said, your mid-term exam and final exam will include this material, but don’t wait to cram. Read through them now! I want you to begin incorporating these concepts into your thought process. When you’re shooting assignments. When your editing assignments. When you’re discussing photos.

You don’t need to download the following document, but if you want to review the presentation and photos we looked at in class, here is a PDF version of the last presentation, including my presenter’s notes:

Presentation: The Power of Photography

Additionally, if you want to review some the videos from the past couple of classes, here they are:




As alway, contact me if you have any questions.



So you’ve found the site. Now what?

Start reading. Try clicking on the pages (black bar) and topics (gray bar) menus above, first, so you can get a better understanding of this course.

Know what you’re getting into. First and foremost, this class in NOT an introduction to photography. Read the syllabus so you know what to expect. We’ll go over this during the first class.

The site is currently reflecting the work of students from the Spring 2013 semester, but feel free to browse. You might learn a little by seeing how other students have approached their assignments. See if you can tell when they’ve done well and when they haven’t done so well.

Browse some of the previous posts by me so you can get an idea of what to expect. I am planning several changes in the way this course is taught to reflect both the current state of the news industry and the specific needs of GSU students who are studying communications, but the content of previous posts are still relevant.

Learn about me. Watch the audio slideshow linked at the end of my bio. Tell me what you think. I try to be as available and accessible as possible. Feel free to email, call me, or even drop by the Statesboro Herald and talk to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Learn about using this blog/web site. You will be required to become users with “author” status so you can post material, as you will be uploading your shooting assignments to this site. Look for an email invitation after the first class to join and simply follow the directions.

I’ve created a Facebook page for this class to facilitate communication and discussion, and to encourage the sharing of links related to course content. Go ahead and “like” the page so you’ll get updates in your Facebook newsfeed.

Got questions or concerns about equipment, software or supplies you might need for this class? First, read the syllabus, then click on the “GEAR” and “TECHNICAL” tabs to learn more.

Like I said, feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns. You have my email, now. You have my phone number. Don’t hesitate!

I look forward to meeting all of you!


Think photography is passé? Think again …

I introduced this into the discussion about feature photography, but I could very well use this for any number of discussions about photography. All the buzz created by this Super Bowl commercial really demonstrates the power that still photography has to connect and generate discussion, and that the public really does have an appetite for great photography.

Over on the blog A Photo Editor by Rob Haggart, you can learn more about the commercial and how it was made: The #1 Rated Super Bowl Commercial Shot By 10 Photographers


Viewing and downloading materials from class …

Just wanted to let everyone know that I make the materials from class available for viewing and downloading online, usually on the Thursday or Friday after class.

So if you want to review the presentation (with presenter’s notes), or you lost one of the handouts, or if you must miss class for any reason, you can go to the DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS page right here on the website.

The link will take you to my GSU Google Drive account so you can view or download materials in PDF form. If you have any trouble viewing or downloading, or if you notice anything missing, let me know right away.

See you in class!