Oddly Enough Blog
News, but not the serious kind
Blog Guy, keep those great lessons coming for us aspiring photojournalists!
We were wondering if you could give us some tips on shooting basketball games. With all that action, what’s the most important shot to get?
That would be Jack Nicholson.
Yeah, or else Kate Hudson or Leonardo DiCaprio or whatever other celebrities are at the game.
And not the athletes?
Oh, grow up! You think anybody cares about a bunch of flop-sweating tall guys when there are celebrities there looking for publicity and pretending to enjoy themselves?
Blog Guy, I hope you’re going to continue offering tips to wannabe photojournalists in the new year. Tell me, now that winter is really here, what makes a great cold-weather shot?
That’s easy. People swimming in icy water.
Really? I’d think that would get kind of boring.
You’d be wrong, judging from the 642,000 icy swimming shots we’ve had just since Christmas. That’s just a very rough estimate, of course, but I can’t look anywhere without seeing them.
Blog Guy, I’ve printed out all of your posts about photojournalism and memorized them, and I’m ready for more. What is the single most important element of a newsworthy photo?
It needs to have Madonna in it.
Uh, not to question your expertise or anything, but wouldn’t that get tiresome?
Blog Guy, I envy you for getting to spend your time looking through nice photographs. What a pleasant life.
HAH! You only think that because you don’t see the pictures I’m protecting my readers from. Here’s a sampling of photos I’ve had to look at in recent days.
Well, now we’re into the stuff that only a handful of the best shooters know, but I think you’re ready.
Blog Guy, I heard about some awesome new software that automatically makes you look better in photos than you do in real life!
Yeah, I know all about it. It was developed by computer scientists, and it works! The software applies a formula to turn original shot of this woman, on the left, into the more attractive version on the right.
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.
Blog Guy, I’ve been learning how to tell what’s important in the news by seeing how much coverage something gets. Can I ask a couple of questions?
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is the lead story now. How many pictures of him have you moved today?
And here’s what’s interesting. The top three were taken just before the election, and the bottom three, plus the one at the left, were taken after the election.