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Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach Paperback – March 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0240806105 ISBN-10: 0240806107 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240806107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806105
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"If you're into photojournalism - or want to get a foot in the door, then this book may provide some inspiration. It is packed with pictures, both well-known and obscure, complete with explanations, hints and tips...Each page of the paperback raises questions for the reader." -
Holdthefrontpage.co.uk

"Not just for photojournalists, this book is packed with useful information for any photographer who wants to shoot meaningful, saleable people pictures." - Photo Stock Notes

"If photojournalism if your passion, then you really should have a copy of this book on hand. .... This is a must have title if you wish to embark on a career in this exciting field. - Shutterbug

"Each picture in this lavishly illustrated volume comes with a helpful annotation on who took it and where, and goes on to describe how it was taken, almost as a private aside to the main text, like a friendly mentor who has your best interests at heart." - Holdthefrontpage.co.uk

From the Publisher

The new edition includes: * The best in U.S. photojournalism images from newspapers around the country- 61 striking color images and 412 memorable black and white images * The use of digital imaging in Photojournalism incorporated throughout the chapters * New interviews with well-known photojournalists, such as Anne Wells Story of a Pulitzer Prize Photo, John Gaps III of the Associated Press, David Kennerly of Newsweek, Diana Walker and PF Bently of Time --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Professor Ken Kobré has been an professional photojournalist, educator and author for more than 35 years. His former students, who include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, World Press Awards, and many other prestigious honors, work on staff and as freelancers for publications and media outlets around the world.

Most professionals working in photojouralism or videojouralism today have been influenced by his textbooks.

His book Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach, sixth edition, published by Focal Press, has been the widest-selling text on photojournalism in the world since 1980. His new book, Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, was published in early 2012.

Both are sold on Amazon, as is his patented invention -- Professor Kobre's Lightscoop® Deluxe and Lightscoop® Junior. The Lightscoop transforms the ugly built-in flash on dSLRs and advanced compact cameras into natural-looking, pro-like light.

One of Ken's video documentaries, Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists (Personal/Single User Version, has appeared on PBS, and has been screened in Europe in addition to several cities in the US. DVDs for personal use and for public viewing (libraries & schools) are available here on Amazon.

He recently developed an app for the iPhone called VideoPro Camera™, which integrates professional features that transform the iPhone into a semi-professional video camera. Professor Kobré developed VideoPro Camera to enable video journalists and videographers to shoot truly professional video on their iPhones.

Ken is the founder and publisher of the KobreGuide to the Web's Best Videojournalism as well as its companion blog, KobreChannel, which featurers thoughts, essays and reports about visual journalism.

Ken is also a co-author of the 7th and 8th editions of "Photography" (Prentice Hall) the world's leading basic photography textbook. His other books include "How to Photograph Friends and Strangers," published by Curtin & London.

Now in partial retirement after leading the photojournalism program at San Francisco State University since 1986, Ken is a past winner of the respected Robin F. Garland Educator Award from the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and for four years directed the University of Missouri/NPPA Pictures of the Year Awards.

Customer Reviews

Was in pretty great shape for a paperback book.
AnneRebel
I recommend it to anyone interested in photojournalism, especially high school and college students.
Louie
Excellent, easy to read book, with lots of stories and pictures.
Wierd_Beard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Louie on March 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Just as Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style" is considered required reading for any writer, Kobre's "Photojournalism, The Professionals' Approach" is an essential instructional manual for the aspiring or advanced photojournalist.
As a working photographer for almost 20 years, I've owned previous editions of Kobre's book and always make it a point to keep one within reach. I recommend it to anyone interested in photojournalism, especially high school and college students. While filled with detailed photographic theory and principles, the format of the book is very easy to follow and introduces fundamentals and advanced techniques with equal ease.
Perhaps my most-read sections are the chapters on ethics and the responsibilities of the photographer to the community they serve. Society requires a photojournalist to be held accountable for their actions; to be honest and compassionate, yet unflinchingly accurate when reporting the news.
Although the price tag is a bit on the high side, the information Kobre shares is priceless.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim Peppler on March 7, 2006
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I have been using Kobre's excellent book as a text for teaching Introductory Photojournalism ever since the first edition; it has always been the best source out there for teaching and has improved with each edition. I consider the current (5th Edition) is be almost "The ONE Textbook" for learning everything you need to know for understanding and practicing Photojournalism. A bit more on layout and design for Picture Stories would make it perfect.

In my full-time job I've been a full-time staff photographer with a large daily newspaper for over 30 years, and still, I come across something new with every reading of this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Corby on April 4, 2004
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I bought this book for a photography class at Temple University, and it now serves as a wonderful guide and mentor toward all aspects of photojournalism. Readings from this book provided much debate and learning experiences for our class.
For photography students, this book is top notch. For photo editors or freelance photographers, this book may serve as a useful guide, especially in the area of ethics when taking and publishing pictures.
This is a valuable book that will remain on my bookshelf until a new edition rolls out. Through the excellence of this book, the author has earned my loyalty for another edition. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Seid on December 18, 2006
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I wanted to take a Photojournalism course at UCLA extension. But the course schedule conflicted with my schedule (and it was a little expensive). So i looked up and course text book and this was the text. It is very informative and really shows what the photojournalists does. The author really does know his stuff, but he doesn't just share his point of view, he quotes many other journalists too. Covers a lot of material but I particularly like sections regarding what roles photojournalists are to play, the legal aspects of shooting photos and tips to get started in photojournalism. Some bookd are a bore to read and are so superficial and light on material, this one isn't. Interesting photos and good writing makes this a keeper for me. Hope you find it the same way too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Herbert on March 12, 2007
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Excellent book! I put off buying it for over a year because I thought it was a bit pricey, but less than a month after reading it one of my photos made the front page of our local newspaper.

The book covers everything you need to know to get started, topics include...

- covering news, features, sports, politics & contemporary issues

- narrative picture stories

- finding features & catching candids

- environmental & interpretive portraits

- creative use of the strobe

- digital shooting & darkroom techniques (Photoshop tutorials included)

- concept photography & illustrations

- newsroom politics

- picture editing

- shooting within the bounds of the law

- controversial pictures & ethical discussions

- expanded history of photojournalism

- freelancing & business practices

- internships and after

If bought new the book also comes with a DVD featuring multiple documentary film shorts which to me is worth $20 alone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Tapiero on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book covers everything one needs to know, whether one is a professional or just has an interest in photography. It is a beautiful book too with descriptions and gorgeous photographs that one has not necessarily seen before.

The one thing that is off-putting is that several of the chapters are incomplete; in other words, the end of the text of a chapter sometimes finishes in mid-sentence. There are at least three chpaters like this. I assume no one has checked the print job of this 5th edition, but it should be looked at for the 6th edition.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
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I'm been reading this book for a Photo course. The Material on it is quite interesting and the writing is pretty clear. I have been studing photography for about 3 years now and by far this is one of the best books you could ever hold on your book shell. A++ to a great writter and author. Will recomend this book to other college students that are persuding to go into the a photo journalist aventure like myself.
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