Week 11: Taking your own photos is a snap

The Cat Empire rocks The Metro. Picture: Mark Gately

BY MARK GATELY

We use a lot of Creative Commons images in our blogs, tasks and assessments so it’s easy to forget that we have another source at our fingertips.

Taking your own photos is in many ways a better option than trying to find just the right photo in a vast library. Particularly if you’re going to have to settle for a generic image – and the subject of your story is right there in front of you being interviewed!

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Week 8: Photos, graphics, and illustrations

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

For all the content you create, you should think about the best format for the story (is it written? Photos? Video? A short story told using infographics?)

No matter which format you choose, imagery is really, really important. Scroll quickly through one of your social feeds and make a note of the posts that make you pause – it’s really likely they contain an image.

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Copyright on the Internet

Copyright is for losers ... not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.
Copyright is for losers … not! Photo: 917press/flickr; some rights reserved.

Observing the copyright of other writers, photographers, video makers, and illustrators is very, very important when you’re putting together your multimedia project. You may not use just any old photo or illustration you find using Google Image search. Continue reading “Copyright on the Internet”

Week 2: Intro to MoPho

Basketball, late Monday afternoon. Photo copyright Verity Chambers
Basketball, late Monday afternoon. Photo ©Verity Chambers

In this video, iPhone photographer Emil Pakarklis explains seven really simple techniques you can use to make your mobile photography good. As with DSLR and larger format photography, the key ingredients are light, composition, and perspective or point of view.

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#5: New Perspectives

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THE CHALLENGE:

Take 10 photos of things you’re looking at every day.

Take them from a different perspective, so you see them differently.

When you’re done:

Post as a gallery on your WordPress site with an appropriate headline and/or to Instagram.

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge

Need some help getting started?

Look at your every day environment in a different way.

Think:

    • Looking up from the ground
    • Standing on a chair or box (safety first!) and looking down
    • Extreme close ups
    • Looking through glass
    • Reflections
    • … whatever you have on hand to change the way you see the pace around you …