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A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall

Book Description

In this comprehensive, practical guide, award-winning photojournalist Stacy Pearsall offers the techniques, guidance, and inspiration needed to succeed in the dynamic and exciting field of photojournalism.

Starting with an overview of photojournalism and her experience as both a combat and domestic photographer, Stacy covers the basics of preparing for assignments, discussing such key topics as selecting suitable attire for different environments, assembling essential camera gear, developing the right approach for a story, and honing your shooting technique. beyond the fundamentals, Stacy then dives into the nitty-gritty details of photojournalism work, providing insights into living and working in harsh conditions, maintaining physical and mental health, and managing relationships with subjects.

The book interweaves hundreds of Stacy’s amazing photographs with stories of her experiences in the field, providing context for advice on everything from navigating unfamiliar locations, to properly exposing your images, to building innovative multimedia projects. Follow her into "the trenches" for the fascinating stories behind the shots, which show by example how to get the best photographs you can, even under the most challenging circumstances.

  • Features stunning full-color images from some of the author’s most dramatic moments as a photojournalist

  • Offers insights on preparing for long-term assignments, working in austere environments, and reintegrating into society after a project

  • Interweaves photography techniques with advice on interacting with subjects and creating compelling stories

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction: In the Trenches
    1. Speaking from Experience
    2. Chapter Overview
    3. Let’s Get Started
  7. Chapter 1. Understanding Your Role
    1. Responsibilities of a Photojournalist
    2. Occupational Hazards
    3. The Daily Grind
    4. When You Become the Story
    5. Mastering the Art of Multitasking
    6. In Good Shape
    7. Staying Sane
    8. Finding Your Beat
  8. Chapter 2. Preparation: Everything but the Camera
    1. Foundation Training for High-Risk Environments
    2. Location, Location, Location
    3. Where and Wear
    4. Insured Out the Wahzoo
    5. Personal Hygiene and Comfort
  9. Chapter 3. Gear Essentials
    1. Two Camera Bodies
    2. Three Essential Lenses
    3. Filter from the Elements
    4. Speedlight
    5. Bringing the Big Guns
    6. Remembering Your Memory
    7. Big Job, Small Tool
    8. Bits and Pieces
    9. Stabilization Devices
    10. Workflow and Transmission
    11. Prepping, Packing, and Shipping
  10. Chapter 4. My Shooting Methodology
    1. What IFS
    2. Finding Your Mode
    3. Metering Matters
    4. Light Matters
    5. Coloring Your Characters
    6. The 10-Frame Methodology
  11. Chapter 5. Covering All the Angles
    1. Taking on the “Real” World
    2. Where to Begin or Start Again
    3. Diversifying Your Work
    4. General News
    5. Spot News
  12. Chapter 6. Putting It All Together
    1. Telling the Story
    2. A Thoughtful Approach
    3. Several Story Approaches
    4. Creating Visual Variety
    5. Multimedia
  13. Chapter 7. Staying Above Board
    1. A Promise to Protect and Serve
    2. An Ethical Education
    3. Making Difficult Choices
    4. Protecting Your Rights
    5. Censorship Starts with You
    6. Maintaining Image Integrity
  14. Chapter 8. Staying Afloat
    1. Developing a Plan
    2. Working from Home
    3. Time Is Money
    4. Keeping Track of Your Records
    5. Knowing Your Worth
    6. Being Business Minded
    7. Staying Motivated
  15. Index