One picture is worth two or three words…
Johnson, get your butt in my office! You call yourself a news photographer?
What is it this time, Boss?
I sent you out to get a simple headshot of someone and here is your full, uncropped photo… I’m not making this up.
See, in journalism, headshot refers to the WHOLE head. Your photo makes her look like one of those “Kilroy Was Here” cartoons American soldiers used to draw.
Do you follow my complaint, Johnson?
I think I do, Boss. I should have had her nose and hands in the photo as well, to look even more like Kilroy.
No. I’m saying a few readers might wish to see details such as her mouth and chin!
Ah. I should have asked her to stand on a chair so her whole head would be in the photo, right?
I’m trying very hard not to strangle you, Johnson. Why didn’t you just FRAME it so her whole face showed?
Boss, you told me to shoot it at a 500th of a second. That’s so fast! YOU try doing something in a 500th of a second, and see how well you do it!
Head of Austrian Green Party Eva Glawischnig listens during a news conference ahead of regional elections in Vienna September 29, 2010. Vienna regional elections take place on October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Engraving of Kilroy on World War II Memorial, Washington, DC