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A Study in Scarlett

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Blog Guy, I’m ready for more of your sage advice for aspiring photojournalists. if I want to reach the hearts and minds of the public, what should I be shooting? What’s most important to the people?

Scarlett Johansson’s hairstyle.

What? Who gives a flying… about that?

She changes it quite often, so it’s important to be the first one to shoot the latest. Here you can see seven versions, from this week back to 2003.

I must say, that seems like WAY too many pictures to have on this one thing.

Then you’d LOVE the 24-shot slideshow we did on her hairstyles yesterday.

So why are you holding back on the other shots?

I still have a little of my integrity left.

Um, I don’t get the headline on this post.

That’s okay, a lot of readers will.

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Cast member Scarlett Johansson attends the premiere of the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Have you seen a limousine?

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Blog Guy, I continue to read all of your posts about photojournalism. I’ve mastered your stuff on shooting groups, luggage, shoes, handshakes and stairs. What else makes for great news photography?

Well, now we’re into the stuff that only a handful of the best shooters know, but I think you’re ready.

Is that Obama in a mullet haircut?

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Blog Guy, please continue answering questions about photojournalism. I was wondering, what do photographers do when people they cover are out of sight?

Good question! They shoot pictures of each other trying to shoot pictures, like these guys trailing President-elect Barack Obama. These are always popular shots.

Wait, monkey, some of my beer is missing!

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Blog Guy, I can’t get any respect! My boss says a monkey could do my job!

monkey-waiters.jpgCalm down, your boss is all wrong. Monkeys are animals, and they can’t do the jobs of humans. What is it you do for a living, anyway?

I’m a beginning waiter at a tavern. You know, I bring customers hot towels and stuff like that.

Politics: let the heeling begin!

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Blog Guy, a few days ago you did an item about how photographers cover the shoes of women candidates. I think you were just putting us on, and I’ll prove it. What kind of shoes did Sarah Palin wear at last night’s debate in St. Louis?

palin-shoes-1002-220.jpgThe highly technical term for those in the fashion industry would be reddish-brown shoes with high heels, made from some kind of reptile or something.

Take this job and Chuvit!

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chuvit-2-160.jpgToday’s topic is the media’s coverage of politics. In recent days we’ve heard our presidential candidates complain about “gotcha journalism” and other press tactics.

How do politicians show their frustration? Well, Chuvit Kamolvisit, a candidate in Thailand who was irritated by tough questions in a live television interview, physically assaulted the journalist.

I’m dropping my pants, and I have a follow-up!

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anderson-2-160-0826.jpg Hey Blog Guy, your post on news photography was very useful. On the topic of news, could you explain how we can find reporters we should really trust? You know, how do we know a true professional?

It’s pretty easy. Check their underpants.

Um, underpants?

Sure. The real pros will have underwear covered with signatures of people they’ve interviewed. The first hardball question we reporters ask is, “Will you sign my underpants?”

Great photography – get a grip!

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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.