Photojournalism

Mike Buss
Mike Buss

Name: Mike Buss.

Born: 16th May 1974.

Mike is available for assignments around the globe as a photojournalist, including dangerous assignments such as conflict zones in the Middle East including – Iraq, Syria & Afghanistan.

Mike is a former British Infantry Soldier and has experience in a number of dangerous regions including Africa & the Middle East from riots to war zones.

To contact Mike for assignments, call or email:

Mob: +44 7484 734 049

Email: info@mike-buss.com

WHAT IS PHOTOJOURNALISM?

The primary role of the photojournalist is to be a visual storyteller.  By photographing, editing, and presenting images, they tell a story in a way that no other media can.  Some photojournalists will work for a local publication, while others will travel nationally or abroad, sometimes putting themselves in constantly changing or even dangerous situations.  The subject matter can vary greatly, from local civic issues, national political races to social unrest in a foreign country.  Many photojournalists are freelance photographers and sell their photos to various organizations around the world.  The photographs serve the purpose of enhancing the story for the reader or viewer.

A PHOTOJOURNALISTS ROLE:

The photojournalist is above all a story teller. Within that job description, the following duties can be expected:

  • Take photographs or film video segments
  • Process and print negatives or film
  • Capture images in an authentic and ethical manner
  • Write copy, captions or headlines to accompany photos
  • Use image-editing software such as Photoshop to edit images
  • Prepare audio to accompany video segments
  • Pitch ideas and photographs to editorial staff
  • Travel to photo shoot locations
  • Edit photographs or video for publication specific to Internet
Mother & Son - Refugees from Syria stuck in Idomeni Refugee Camp, Northern Greece.
Mother & Son – Refugees from Syria stuck in Idomeni Refugee Camp, Northern Greece.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Photojournalists are able to enjoy a working environment that gets them out from behind a desk and into the world. While working conditions can be difficult, here’s what you can expect:

  • Long and unstructured hours.
  • On-call 24-7. Photojournalists must be ready to go when news breaks.
  • Tight deadlines and multiple projects.
  • Unusual working conditions—inclement weather, lack of facilities, sometimes dangerous situations.
  • Working independently.

Employment for photojournalists is expected to grow at the same rate as most other occupations, which is roughly 12% by 2018. The growth of the Internet news audience is expected to create increased job demand for photojournalists who can work successfully in an online environment.

The Internet also makes it easier for Freelance photographers to market their photographs directly to the various news agencies. Freelance photographers need the skill to market their work and negotiate contracts. They should also be familiar with copyright laws to protect their portfolio.

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