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

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Writing with Light

 

 

 

 

Light has as much substance as words or gale force winds. Light is real stuff, as real as ink and sound, and in television and video, light is the communicators’ primary medium. Until the advent of photography, we could never see or hear the past or present.1 Since photography’s invention, the past has been recalled not simply from memory, or through words, but from a tangible record the original photons created when they glanced off the actual subjects of our stories and were captured on video. Through videotape and digital recordings, the past can be captured, condensed, and reviewed at will. This is the magic embodied in the word photography, which is taken from Greek root words meaning “writing with ...

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