What is Press Photography

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What is Press Photography – A Guide stepping on the Press Ladder!

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We’ve all heard the term Press Photography, but what does it really cover. Media Photography or Photojournalism is a professional photographer who captures images of current stories, events or newsworthy occurrences for news agencies, printed newspapers, magazines, and news websites. Fort longer term reportage or documentary style pieces, the term photojournalist is a wider used term, however, press photography and photojournalism often cross over during the course of work. As a full time professional photographer working in the commercial industry, Press Photography was a natural progression. Blanc Creative built a solid reputation in Norwich before moving into the world of media and corporate imagery and video throughout the UK.

Imagery by Lee Blanchflower  of a Road Accident Incident captured at the scene

Norwich Press Photography

Press Photography

Press Photography Norwich

To succeed in the industry you will need a certain set of skills. Just because you can hold a camera and may have had the local newspaper print an image of sunset in their readers section, doesn’t mean that you will do well in the world of press photography It can be a demanding, fsst past role with long hours and have good technical knowledge of all camera equipment

Have visual composition and perspective skills to make for newsworthy images.
Have a good understanding of image-management software (photo Mechanic etc) and photo manipulation software (treat manipulation with caution and read this article for full clarification)
Know your camera inside out. You’ll need to work in all conditions on the fly
Look for situations that are developing into news images. It’s all about to capture ‘The moment’ when and as it happens
work quickly and don’t crumble under pressure.
Be prepared to wait for age for a very short timeframe of work.
Have excellent communication skills
Expect to work copious amounts of hours for very little in return. You won’t be getting the ‘Scoop’ every day or every week.
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Norwich Press Photography

Press Photography Norwich

Press Photography Norwich

What Qualifications Do You Need?

It really depends on age, experience and reputation. If you’ve never worked in the industry, never been a professional photographer, just left school and have no solid experience, then you’re likely to need at least five GCSEs, including English, and/or two years’ experience in photography, or a further education qualification in photography. There are lots of College and University courses available that will provide a sound technical grounding, but whatever way you look at it, there is no experience… Like Experience!

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Images are generally shot on location, using hand-held digital cameras with a portable flash and photographers tend to have their own wifi set up and fast laptops. The faster the images are uploaded to News Agencies, the faster the chances that your images will be purchased by Press or Newspapers. Picture desks like to have images so they have exclusive stories or breaking news. Press Photography is essentially about uploading a handful of high quality, new worthy images to accompany a news story. Many Newspaper and magazine Photography freelancers now work on commission only basis. The days of in house commissioned photographers are numbered, They are a dying breed. Images are generally bought ‘on spec’ (speculatively) if it is of a high standard or features a subject not covered by their own photographers.

PR and Press photography is often scheduled in advance, particularly for pre planned visits or events. Monthly diaries are released by prerss agencies to their freelancers where accreditation is required. Photographers will be scheduled in advance and independent agencies will brief freelance press photographers on the type of shots required.

NUJ (National Union of Journalists) is a good sign that a freelancer is a Professional Press Photojournalist. Membership is through proposal / seconding of accredited referees and providing a portfolio of press articles and publications where work has been used professionally. Being a member certainly isn’t the be all and end all, but it will give you some credibility within the industry and offers elements of legal advice and support for photographers when they require it. To read further articles about Photography and videography, why not head over to the Blanc Creative Blog. It’s right HERE If you are interested in looking further afield, we’ve done some of the work for you and added a few links below to the world of Press Photography.

World Press Photo

An independent, nonprofit organization based in The Netherlands supporting and promoting professional press photographers internationally. List of winners …

World Press Photography 2016 Winners Announced

World Press Photography 2016 Winners Announced. Lydia Pawlowsky 18.02. 2016. The winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest were announced …

Photojournalism: 150 Years of Outstanding Press Photography by …

The events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, have once again shown that photography remains the ideal tool for …

 

Mariah Carey on Tour – London 2016

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Mariah Carey on Tour – London 2016

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Hot off the press from our sister site 99PROBS, comes a set of awesome photos of global sensation Mariah Carey. The images as seen in The Daily Mail were photographed by Blanc Creative’s very own Lee Blanchfower at London’s O2 Arena. Please enjoy and share if you like what you see.

Appearing in London for the first time in over 13 years, Mariah Carey admitted “I can be a little difficult,” while on stage during the last leg of her UK ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour’ at the O2 Arena. This certainly wasn’t evident as only 25 minutes late, she smoothly entered stage left relaxing on a velvet chaise longue carried by six, muscular, oiled dancers. The global-superstar arrived in glamorous style, hopping on to a boat to cruise down the River Thames to the Greenwich-based arena marked the last of her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour on Wednesday evening in a flamboyant manner. Mariah took to the stage in an outfit resembling something worn at Big Weekend by Taylor Swift, with obligatory heels and nude tights. Her show was watched by a huge packed on by her adoring fans and billionaire fiance James Packer and a number of celebrities including.

After a high pitched theatrical melody to open affairs and a huge fanbase, crazily running down the centre aisle as she opened her set, the precious momentum came to a halt as (it was reported) that Mariah Carey spent what proved to be almost an entire song changing into a succession of costumes that would have been better kept hidden in the wardrobe and replaced with her actually on stage singing. Instead, her band,gyn ripped dancers dancers and trio of backing vocalists were left to carry on without her.

Mariah Carey performs live at the London O2 Arena - 99PROBS Music

Mariah Carey performs live at the London O2 Arena - 99PROBS Music

Mariah Carey performs live at the London O2 Arena - 99PROBS Music

Mariah Carey performs live at the London O2 Arena - 99PROBS Music

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Mariah Carey performs live at the London O2 Arena - 99PROBS Music

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Photographers were banned from the pit for the performance, reduced to shooting the first two songs with long lenses the size of rocket launches, from the confines of the sound desk half way down the arena. Nonetheless, the lighting was white, bright and not bathed in the unusable reds and blues that many bands opt for these days. The staging could have been livelier, with a lack of screens and creativity that crowds have come to expect in 2016. It was a pretty minimal affair, but then again, the audience were there to hear the piercing highs and rumbling lows. All in all, Mariah Carey proved that she remains a Global Superstar, wowing the crowds after over a decade away from the UK and leaving some super positive memories on her final night on stage in the UK.

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

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Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

Press Photography Norwich. Mariah Carey

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