How Video Is Changing News Photography
September 17, 2013
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Photography is evolving.
In fact, it never stopped. From the daguerreotype to home photography, from black and white film to color prints, photography has a long history of continually developing and improving. As time progresses, so too does the photography industry.
Digital photography and video are among some of the more modern improvements. While video has become more accessible and easier for individuals to use, it has influenced photography as a cultural medium for sharing content.
Reporter Peter Weinberger of The Claremont Courier argues that video has specifically impacted news photography. He says, “With all this focus on budget-cutting, none seem as strange as when the Chicago Sun-Times decided to lay off their entire 25-member photography staff in one fell swoop. The reasoning was news reporting is changing, with a greater focus on the Internet.”
The Sun-Time explained that they were able to lay off their photography staff because the majority of their audience was seeking video content to accompany their news. The funds previously directed to the photography department were focused on meeting the demand for video content and on bolstering the Sun-Time’s reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements.
In a statement from the Sun-Times, the newspaper noted that they “continue to evolve with digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”
Louise Hubball of BBC reports that even major camera companies such as Kodak are focusing on digital photography and film production. Hubball argues that this is directly related to the ways in which we share memories – through online mediums and social networks (rather than photo albums and scrapbooks).
Continue the Discussion
Do you see photography changing? Whether you agree or disagree, you might want more information. We encourage you to take this discussion to your peers and instructors.
Consider questions like:
- What is the future of photography? If not video, what else?
- How can photography skills be applied to video?
- How can video skills be applied to photography?
- What electives should I study if I want to pursue news photography?
- Could video “kill” photography? Is there a future for photography that doesn’t include video?
Discussions like these can expose you to more information and opinions about the future of your industry.