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Television and Field Reporting, 6th Edition by John DeTarsio, John Larson, Fred Shook

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The Visual Grammar of Motion Picture Photography

 

 

 

 

The goal of visual communication is to expand the viewer’s consciousness. The photojournalist seeks to reconstruct events in such a manner that viewers develop a sense of having observed and experienced the moment, and learned something from it.

Throughout the reporting and visual storytelling process, the emphasis is on reconstruction of events from raw material shot in the field, rather than on the re-creation of events. And in television, just as in theatrical filmmaking, photographic reconstruction works best when it embodies a sense of continuity or consecutiveness to help heighten the viewer’s sense of experience.

To accomplish such feats requires an understanding of ...

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