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A guide for the billions of citizen photojournalists
Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 11:25 AM on 09.12.13
->> I'm trying to put together a humorous one-page guide for reporters or "citizen photojournalists" who are either being forced to shoot photos or who think that just having a cell phone makes you next year's Pulitzer Prize winner in waiting.

Credit will be given if you choose, and I think it would be funnier if your were credited.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 1:28 PM on 09.12.13
->> Sorry Lou, the iPad would only take my photo. At least we have an up to date image for my column.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 1:42 PM on 09.12.13
->> It's apropos that you're crowd-sourcing your guide on citizen journalism. ;)
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 1:07 PM on 09.13.13
->> How about this one:
When covering night sports, be sure to replace your normal SIM card with a special low-light SIM card, allowing for less noise and higher shutter speeds.
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 1:26 PM on 09.13.13
->> Can't you push a SIM card?

In all seriousness, I'm thinking about talking to the local camera club about the (d)evolution of the industry. I don't want them to feel guilty or stop taking pictures; my plan is to encourage them to consider the "big picture" (as it were) in which hobby-shooters with other jobs are really taking work away from professionals. Even the one-man photo staff of our local paper has been furloughed.
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Margaret Bowles, Photographer
Tampa | FL | | Posted: 1:29 PM on 09.13.13
->> Be sure to anticipate the peak action/moment of impact/once in a lifetime shot at least 10 seconds in advance to account for the lag time on your phone.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 1:37 PM on 09.13.13
->> Do not drop or shake your memory card else you will knock your shot images out of focus.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 2:07 PM on 09.13.13
->> always use a monopod.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 3:01 PM on 09.13.13
->> "always use a monopod."

ESPECIALLY if you have a heavy camera and lens, like a Canon Rebel and an 18-55mm, and are shooting sports. You HAVE to have your camera on a monopod if you're shooting sports.

Remember, Robert Capa said "If your photos aren't good enough, you aren't close enough," so be sure to turn on live view mode and hold the camera as far away from your body as physically possible when taking pictures to ensure you are closer to your subjects.
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Doug Durham, Photographer
Georgetown | IN | | Posted: 3:39 PM on 09.13.13
->> The "always use a monopod" one kills me! Yup, a d3100 mated to a 55-200. Oh, and lets not for get "Always use VR/IS when you're following the ball or player"
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
London | London | United Kingdom | Posted: 5:48 PM on 09.13.13
->> Doug - for that sort of weighty rig, I thought a Gitzo and gimbal tripod set-up would be de rigeur, non?

As for my own contribution.

Save time and money by using Facebook for distributing your shots; you'll never need to edit your work (saving time) or mail out prints (saving money) as folk can just crop, tag and share them as they please, making them all very happy people - cause it's all about seeing your work used as far and wide as possible, right?
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Bangkok | Bangkok | Thailand | Posted: 8:07 PM on 09.13.13
->> “Modern memory cards are very durable and can even go through the wash. But never put them in the dryer because they will shrink. An 8 gigabyte card will only hold 4 gigs worth of photos after a run through the dryer. Lexar is developing a line of preshrunk cards, but they will cause Err99 in Canon cameras.”
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 9:17 PM on 09.13.13
->> Vertical videos are a visual faux pas.

You will be laughed, taunted, and ridiculed at secretly by thousands of videographers and multimedia shooters.

Further, if atrocious enough, end up as an example in meaningful and meaningless forums.
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Photographer, Assistant
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 4:12 AM on 09.14.13
->> why get paid to be a professional, when it is so much fun to photo bomb, instagram, and hdr all in the same frame.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 7:51 AM on 09.14.13
->> Remember to cover the Apple symbol on your phone with gaffers tape so as not to be pulled into one of those nonsensical Android vs. iPhone debates.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 8:00 AM on 09.14.13
->> When covering football games from the sidelines, take note of the conspicuously over-equipped photographers with those two or three foot long lenses held up one a one-legged tripod (how curious, a double amputee tripod?). They are required to stand away from the team, outside of the 25 yard lines, but since your son plays, feel free to stand with him, and hold his hand for support. Also, use your connections to ask the coach what the next play is, so you can be prepared to shoot a snapshot of the running player.
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William Jobes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Langhorne | PA | USA | Posted: 9:06 AM on 09.14.13
->> When covering an NFL game with your iPhone on the sidelines, be sure to have a plan.

Is it more important to talk into the camera (err, phone), do some texting, or aim that pinhead lens glass at the action on the field ?

Best advice: save the texting for after the game when you're speeding home down the interstate.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Bangkok | Bangkok | Thailand | Posted: 9:38 AM on 09.14.13
->> When photographing your first South Carolina game be sure to ask Steve Spurrier to pose for a photo with Ron Morris. They’re BFFs.
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Bradley Leeb, Photographer
Champaign | IL | USA | Posted: 2:04 PM on 09.14.13
->> When you are in Europe, be sure to tell the staff at museums that you are a photojournalist. You'll get in free!
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 10:22 AM on 09.15.13
->> Always use a photo safari vest
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:56 AM on 09.16.13
->> When ordered by police to stop taking pictures, tell them that you are a photojournalist for publication xxxx (the local outlet you were planning on submitting your images to), that you are protected by the First Amendment and that they should leave you alone.
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