arch-vandelay wrote in post #18289319
Thanks for the tips.
Also thanks for the initial feedback. In our current political and social environment I've been seeing more news worthy events, but not sure how to approach these oppurtunities. There are a lot of questions that I would love to ask anyone who's well versed in this area. Such as:
What kind of situations have you personally encountered?
Was it easy to talk to those who were present? (It probably depends of the situtation of course)
What are some things to look out for while at events like (riots, protests, political campaigns, environmental stories, etc)
What type/kind of gear is best for specific situations?
Any fear of getting caught in the action yourself?
Since you're not affliated with any new organization how do you interact with the police?
Is there animosity from those who are professional photojournalist about the media using your average Joe's photos/videos for the news?
These are just some subjects I would love to discuss and learn more about these and more.
Make your own page with free press. Call it "free press", order five hundreds of business cards with your name, "Free Press" name, web address and e-mail. Wear it on events, give business cards if asked. IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/rJhKGZ
You don't have to talk to anyone. Your camera has to tell the story. To tell the story you need to be as close as possible to the action. Do not use tele for it. Use 35 or 28 mm equivalent for it.
I left DSLR long time ago. Personally, I prefer film Leica for it. Digital Leica is my second choice if I need to post few hours, one hour later or while it is still going on. I don't need hundreds of shots, but one to document it. Any digital camera with rangefinder style shooting will do. Avoid SLR style cameras, they force you to tunel vision and it is not only limiting your picture taking, it is less secure to walk with them and frame in the crowd. RF style camera allows you to have one eye to be open and observe all the time.
Take photos of action. Not posed ones on camera.
You have to start it at your own. Post it at local community forums. If you are good, you'll be noticed and politicians will ask for pictures. It is up to you to grow your relation with them deeper or to keep distance, but be involved.
News media is always asking for pictures. Take picture, load memory card into your mobile phone and send it to them, ASAP. If you are good it will be posted. Use it as the reference, post it at your "Free Press" blog.
But if you are already asking about animosity, police and getting caught do not get into the riots right now. Take pictures of civilized protests, local events, first It is about helping your community isn't it? More events you will document, more you will learn and more confidence you will gain.