Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Photo schmoto

In working on a cover story for our feature section about local tribute bands, all I have come up with in terms of photo assignment are to shoot a few bands at, you guessed it: a concert.

How boring is that?

Pretty damn boring.

What's a reporter to do? I admit. I'm not the best visual thinker. I can't use illustration to tell the story. The pictures in the newspaper are usually interesting to me. But that interest doesn't help when I've got a long form feature to bang out, and about six or seven pictures that have to go along with it. I just don't want six pictures of some band at some club on some random day in August. How do I help photo help tell my story?

Do I have a panel at NABJ next year on my hands?

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Posted by Darren Sands at 9:29 PM | link

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Get them in whatever vehicle they travel in or eating before and after the meal to show how well they get along.

Or at a warm-up/sound check. If you have the video option, them talking about what they do on their day jobs or why they decide to play that type of music or cover that band.

Posted by Blogger Vdizzle @ 3:54 PM, August 14, 2008 #
 

And talk to photo. They know you deal in words. Maybe there's a photog you can bounce ideas off of -- and who can help you come up with better ones when your visual ideas seem to fall flat.

And I think that might be a great panel. Plan it!

Posted by Blogger T Dot @ 4:05 PM, August 14, 2008 #
 

I think getting pictures of the band and fans in a more relaxed setting, is a good idea to piggy back on Vdizzles suggestion. Maybe breaking down or building up the set, talking to a local fan after the concert, taking a water break, maybe pictures of fans jammin' to the music...

Posted by Blogger Lindsay @ 11:58 AM, August 20, 2008 #
 
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