Great photography – get a grip!

August 25, 2008

Blog Guy, I love looking at pictures on news sites, and I’m thinking of maybe trying to break into photojournalism. I know it’s complicated, but what makes a really good news photo?        

bush-handshake-180.jpgHandshakes. Anytime you’re lucky enough to be there when two people are shaking hands, that’s what folks really want to see.

Really? Because I would have thought maybe great instants in sports, or dramatic shots that record the human condition, or tragic war photos, or…

Are you stupid? Everybody prefers the old grip and grin. Just look at the shots that win big prizes year after year. Handshakes and more handshakes.

This is so surprising! Not to doubt you or anything, but specifically who likes them?

Specifically, the people in the photographs.

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Lots of people shake hands with lots of other people. REUTERS photos

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Why does Mr. Bush always seem to stand three inches away from the person whose hand he’s shaking?

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

I think they should update the handshake to like the pound or somthing like that….that would spice things up!

Posted by Pasqua | Report as abusive

[…] I hear your textbook on news photography is coming out soon, which is great! Meanwhile, apart from handshakes and group shots, what other photos do readers really […]

Posted by Lots of guys adjusting ties? | | Report as abusive