35 Powerful Pictures That Tell a Story

35 Powerful Pictures That Tell a Story

In our lecture this week we discussed what exactly makes a good picture and video.  The first thing we talked about is how a picture and a video has to tell a story.  That is the main purpose. Without telling a story there is no reason for that picture or video to even exist.

Other things that create a good video and picture are:

1) The quality of the picture/video. This includes the type of lighting that the picture is taken in.

2) Emotion.  Every picture should portray an emotion, and make its viewers feel something.

The link that I have posted shows 35 truly impeccable photographs.  Each of them made me feel an emotion, and I understood what kind of mood they were portraying.  The very first image is extremely haunting.  The scars that are shown cause me too imagine the type of pain that was inflicted on that man in order to create those scars.  There are many haunting pictures in that collection, but there are also some joyous pictures as well.  The picture titled “Malawian boy running after 4×4” is very warming.  It is interesting, however, to see how much the haunting photos seem to outnumber happy ones.  Is this just people usually tragedy is what attracts people the most? Or does it relate to the “Bad News Bias” in journalism?

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Award Winning Story

Award Winning Story

In lecture this week we had a guest speaker who spoke about writing in and around your story.  This link that I have posted is one of the Pulitzer Prize winners from 2012.  It is one of the best articles I have read, mostly because it was interesting and I wanted to keep reading it.  
A lot of news stories are boring.  They do tell you all the facts and what you need to know, but journalists should have a way to write what is relevant as well as keep it interesting.  This story/article makes the facts easy to read.  

Young people have not showed as much interest in the news as older generations.  If the news was more interesting and not so cut and dry maybe this would change, and more people would want to know about the news.  This, however, has a fine line.  The news still has to be real.  You can’t lie about a story just to make it interesting.  There needs to be a balance.  With Multi Media Journalism, I think journalists are working at making news and stories more enjoyable.  It’ll be interesting to see how journalism evolves in the future.

2013 Superbowl Commercials

2013 Superbowl Commercials

     Every year the Super Bowl is one of the most discussed football games in America.  But people don’t just discuss the game, they also discuss the commercials.  Here’s a link that contains every commercial that was aired (and some that didn’t make the cut) during this years game.  

This year the commercials seemed a little different than other years.  There were at least 2 commercials that I noticed along with trying to sell a product, the commercial told a back story as well.  In lecture this week we got to listen to a speaker that talked about how the journalism world and the marketing world are converging.  After viewing some of these ads and thinking about it, this is true. 

     Two commercials that that didn’t just focus on selling something were the Rams Truck “Farmer” commercial and the Jeep “Whole Again” featuring Oprah Winfrey.  The Rams Truck commercial contained a touching narration about farmers.  By putting in the storyline of farming Rams truck, I imagine, was able to connect more to farmers, who are the type of people that would buy and use Rams trucks the most.  The Jeep commercial showed how smart they were by adding Oprah as a narrator and also putting in images of American soldiers and troops reuniting and fighting for our country.  They included 2 things (Oprah and Our Troops) that are known for being able to identify with the people.

My personal favorite commercial is the Budweiser “Brotherhood” commercial.  I don’t even like beer, but every time I watch this video I shamefully almost cry.  Budweiser was able to connect with its audience by providing a touching story about a man and his Clydesdale horse.  It’s the perfect story line.

After watching all of these commercials it is just interesting to see what companies are catching on to the changes in media.  A product doesn’t have to be just a product anymore.  You can connect it with something that is relatable to the viewers and get more attention that way.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-21278955

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-21278955

These are amazing photographs.  After learning the basics of photography I have much more appreciation for photographers than I had before.  Pictures can have a huge impact on the people who view them.  They can capture a moment that you can relive over and over again. I’m so excited to be able to understand how to simply use a camera.