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7 Golden Photojournalism Rules by a Reuters Chief Photographer

November 21, 2013 — Published by

What are the key tips to shooting great news photography? This video by award-winning Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, an experienced Asia hand, shares his seven ideas on how to shoot news photos that engage audiences and tell a great story.

Damir Sagolj’s golden rules are:

  1. Anticipate
  2. Research
  3. Reach Out
  4. Prioritize
  5. Practice
  6. Interact
  7. Be Invisible

Watch it. This is compulsory stuff for any photographer.

(via Thomson Reuters Foundation)
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  • Bengt Nyman

    Thanks !

  • Omer

    I particularly like his stress on understanding the need to work with others, be it fellow photographers or the community one is working in.

    • http://the.me/ DanTHEME

      The thing I struggle most with is the becoming invisible. Should take more time to get familiar with people, to reach out, interact. Sometimes all it takes is a shot, as a matter of good timing, but especially with people, they only look natural when they so to say ignore the camera…

      • Omer

        I’m not a believer in always starting a rapport with a subject before taking their photograph, particularly with street photography. Of course circumstances are not all the same. I don’t know if Henri Cartier-Bresson solicited help on his assignments but certainly today, a working photojournalist would be wise to employ knowledgeable folks.

        Yes, being self conscious can be crippling. I read somewhere that even in New York City it is impossible to be anonymous.

      • Michael D

        I shot teacher training stuff for a while, then news. In both, being invisible is useful, and I figured it out pretty fast. When you don’t look at people directly, they lose interest in you almost instantly. You can switch it on and off, which was handy in news: first you get the interaction stuff done, then go into photo mode, with no direct eye contact. People very quickly get out of the interaction mode if you don’t reinforce it.

  • Drazen B

    Great message and even better photos. I played this few times just to enjoy it over again.
    I saw Damir’s exhibition covering North Korea in the museum in Auckland, he ventured to places and interacted with people most of the photographers would be locked up for if caught by the NK authorities. It directly conveys what his ‘be invisible’ rule may be about.

  • Scarlet_Billows
    • http://the.me/ DanTHEME

      Nice find!