So you want to be a photojournalist?


Posted at Nov 15 2017 11:05 AM

A photojournalist covering the war in Marawi. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News/file

Aside from guts and a ton of equipment, nothing is more indispensable than journalism skills in photojournalism.

It is all about content over form. Today’s visual gathering tools like smartphones and tablets complement the trendy mirrorless and bulky DSLR cameras, but skills and knowledge in conceptualizing visual narratives are important.

Visual storytelling is what a narrative is to a text story, except that the photojournalist uses images instead of words.

A photographer can present news events by merely showing straightforward informative images of a handshake, a press conference, or a rally. But presenting such events in a creative way -- by arranging various elements of the photograph and giving context through words and other tools -- is what sets photojournalism apart.

From November 22 to 26 in Sagada, Mt. Province, the Photojournalists' Center of the Philippines (PCP) will hold its 12th Professional Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Workshop, the only five-day comprehensive workshop in photojournalism administered by working photojournalists.

Started in 1998, the event has become a vehicle for current photojournalists to train the next generation of potential practitioners.

The Professional Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Workshop is made possible because of the time trainers, speakers, and secretariat volunteer as members of PCP. This is a way of giving back to the industry in line with PCP’s mission to professionalize the photojournalism practice in the Philippines.

Every edition of the workshop is supported by various organizations and corporations. This year, the partners are Aboitiz Power Group, ABS-CBN News, Canon Inc., PAGCOR, Pecojon, Philippine Press Institute, Picture Perfect (Manila Bulletin), UCA News, and the local government of Sagada.

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