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Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach [Paperback]

Kenneth Kobre
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Book Description

February 5, 2008 075068593X 978-0750685931 6
Photojournalism: A Professionals' Approach, 6th edition blends insightful interviews with professionals, practical experience, current equipment and camera technology, and high-impact photographs to create the definitive book on photojournalism. The DVD features footage of working professionals handling on-the-job challenges.

This revised edition features information on new laws affecting photojournalists, new trends in multimedia to keep skills competitive, and as the world grows smaller, a look back at some international history in the photography world. Updates throughout the a imaging chapter, feature pictures, picture editing, ethics, law and wartime censorship keep this book the bible it is known to be. More interviews and case studies with industry greats result in a stunning and dramatic showcase of the best of photojournalism.

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Editorial Reviews


"The students really appreciate the excellent print quality, all the great pictures and their layout and how the pictures relate to the words. And last but not least, it's affordable. They can't believe they are getting such a well done book for a "fair" price. Compared to other authors who are charging an arm and a leg for less substantial works, you are a diamond in the ruff."

-Steve Sweitzer, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and past President of the National Press Photographers Association

"Kobré's text got me off the ground. No kidding. Since then, I have bought every edition and handed the last copy off to somebody who could really use it.”
-Jim MacMillan, Philadelphia Daily News, Associated Press 2005 Pulitzer Team

"Kobré has inspired young photojournalists for many years through his teaching and watershed textbook about photojournalism, Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach. His plain spoken, factual approach to the heart and soul of photojournalism has made every photojournalist's career better and undoubtedly launched more than a few.”
-David Leeson, Dallas Morning News
2004 Pulitzer Prize for news, 2006 Dallas Morning News Photo Staff Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News

"When the idea of being a photojournalist was a blissful daydream, I stumbled across Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach in a San Francisco library. It was everything I was looking for. It answered every question I had and was a clear decisive tool to help me get on my way.”
-Anne Wells, Los Angeles Times,
1997 Pulitzer Prize while at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

"I still have my tattered copy from fifteen years ago.”
-Todd Heisler, New York Times, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for feature Photography while at the Rocky Mountain News

" I use this as the primary text for the basic photojournalism class. I also find us referring to it in the advanced classes, as well. Well organized, with good insight from people working in the field, and wonderful illustrations. One testimonial from my students--there are very few used copies of this book in our campus bookstore from year to year."
-Dave Burman, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa

"This is a comprehensive textbook brimming with excellent examples of photojournalism. This book is for any photojournalism student or working pro who wants insight inot how the best in the business go about turning out great photographs."
-Jim McNay, Books Institute of Photography

"...does an excellent job keeping up with the changing industry."
-Greg Patterson, Stephen F. Austin University

" staying on top of basic and new techniques, too."
-Ken Martin, Suffolk University (Massachusetts)

From the Back Cover

The sixth edition of Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach features penetrating interviews with leading professionals, hard-hitting photographs, and easy-to-understand technical illustrations.

From hard news, features, and sports to photo illustrations and the picture story,
in-depth case studies take readers along with working professionals as they meet on-the-job challenges-including how to capture sound and shoot video for today's rapidly changing journalism industry.

Comprehensive law and ethics chapters provide solid insight into the challenges working pros face everyday.

And, of course, the sixth edition features the best in photojournalism-including new award-winning international picture stories, some seen for the first time-to teach and inspire those who would be photojournalists.
In addition to the new Sports Illustrated documentary, the DVD features two other short documentaries that accompany photojournalists on the job, and the final takes viewers to Visa pour L'image, the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.

* Chapter on Multimedia introduces still photojournalists to reporting and sound gathering for multimedia and video reports for the Internet and television.
* Chapter on Video examines tools and techniques for shooting and storytelling in video.
* DVD includes a new hour-long documentary that takes readers inside Sports Illustrated to see how editors at the weekly magazine edit the world's greatest sports photos.
* Professor Kobré's blog provides links to multimedia and video pieces featured in this edition, and beyond:

* covering news, features, sports, politics & contemporary issues
* narrative picture stories
* finding features & catching candids
* environmental & interpretive portraits
* recording sound for multimedia and video
* shooting video
* creative use of the strobe
* digital shooting & darkroom techniques
* concept photography & illustrations
* newsroom politics
* picture editing
* shooting within the bounds of the law
* controversial pictures & ethical discussions
* expanded history of photojournalism
* internships and after
* freelancing & business practices

About the Author
Professor Kenneth Kobré directs the photojournalism sequence at San Francisco State University. He is one of the authors of the seventh and eighth editions of the classic basic textbook, Photography, and author of How to Photograph Friends and Strangers. His photographs of a young Russian immigrant have been published in a children's book, L'Chaim: The Story of a Russian Émigré Boy. He also is the inventor of Professor Kobré's Lightscoop, a device that bounces the light from the built-in flash on 35mm SLR cameras.
Kobré freelances extensively. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, San Francisco Business, the San Francisco Examiner, and numerous corporate publications. He has produced seven independent video documentaries.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075068593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750685931
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the good reviews August 20, 2011
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I'm a print reporter who creates weekly slide shows for two hyperlocal sites. (That's a fancy term for online only community news) I can take a halfway decent photo, but I wanted to learn to think like a photojournalist. I bought this book after having a photograph turned down by another company. The editor said the photograph "didn't tell the story."
Time to pull out the credit card.
I read all the reviews and they are accurate. This is a great book. It's given me much to consider as I head out to do my slide shows. There's good technical information on lenses, camera bodies, strobe, portraits etc., but I appreciate chapters 10, 15 and 16: covering the issue, ethics and the law.
I also bought the "Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism." It's a faster read than this book, but they make a good pair.

If you want to learn the artistry of photography, this book might not be for you. But if you want to make powerful photos, I'd invest in this book. It's a keeper.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT just for aspiring professionls October 23, 2008
By AftonE
I have Professor Kobre's Lightscoop and I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. My pictures really do look professional now!

Anyway, I decided to get Professor Kobre's book even though there's no way I'm ever going to be a professional photojournalist. Yes, it's aimed at people who want to be professionals. BUT this book is just loaded with information, including strategies on taking candid pictures... which I do all the time (or try to) with my family and friends. Plus, the pictures in this book are amazing even if you don't read it. But the text is easy to read, too! Professor Kobre dissects and explains technical information so that even people like me can understand.

Still don't want to be a real photojournalist but that doesn't mean I can't learn from professionals! Great book great value for the price!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Updates worth it? August 27, 2009
The updated version of this book is worth the price if you do not have the previous version. Not worth the price otherwise. The DVD has added a Sports Illustrated section but the rest is repeats of prior version. The addition of video and sound capture was needed but I found it didn't apply to most jobs in the business. Most newspapers adding video and sound to the job description are not providing the equipment he suggests you need. Some of the sections have new pictures and some new paragraphs but for the most part it's just a rehash of the old edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative read March 12, 2011
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Photojournalism, the professionals approach is an excellent introduction to photojournalism. Introduction doesn't quite do justice to everything this book covers. A person with a solid understanding of photography could put his knowlege to use immediately following an in depth read of this book. I suppose most people would want to cover the subjuct more solidly to really feel comfortable joining the ranks of professional photojournalist, but this will give the long time hobbyist the start he needs to get started working in photojournalism professionally.

This book has great insightful tips from professionals currently working in the business. It goes in depth in most conceivable areas a photojournalist would want to work; It covers everything from how to track down and cover breaking news stories to how to design an interesting feature. It covers the legal aspects of copywriting your photos, signing legal contracts including legal jargon and pitfalls to avoid, and avoiding trouble with legal officials. It also covers where to find work and how you will be expected to perform when you get a job. It reads like it is designed for a university 'introduction to journalism' course. I read it outside of any official student activities and found it easy to follow and very informative. I highly reccomend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism. Happy reading,

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 16, 2011
By MarcoC
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This material is full of practical and experienced-based tips on how to do photojournalism in the field; besides it's printed in a very good quality with excelent images as examples. I recommend this book to any photographer or social communicator.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photojournalist Jewel!!!! October 10, 2008
I have been studying photojournalism for about two years now and I have never seen a book near the quality and content of this book. If you are just looking to get into the field or have been in the field for years, get this book. It opens your mind as to what photojournalism, the content, what to look for, where to look, and so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time and money March 26, 2013
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Just one of the best books out there. The book is packed full of great information and I am glad I purchased it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific March 4, 2013
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A wonderful reference for me as I begin my photojournalism journey. Great tips to follow and captivating photo examples. Glad I ordered it
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I didn't read this book yet but I will read this book after comeback to my country. Thank you so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Amazon service
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I needed to have this book for a photography class. I have really enjoyed it - more than what I expected for a "school book"!!! Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Tool
This text is a useful guide to the photojournalist. It will help the reader decide if this is the career for them, and the best way to go about becoming successful at it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mouton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
We are using this as our Class Text book .Everyone should read is a good basic for all photography. Will change the way I approach my shoots in the Future.
Published 9 months ago by Lewis Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have been reading the book after it was required on my photojournalism class. I got to say if you follow the advise of all those professionals you would be very well prepared... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. M.
4.0 out of 5 stars NIce to read and a good step by step guide
You will find a clean and nice style of writing explaining you a bunch of subjects. Throughout the book, there are images that point out examples (also mentioned on the text) and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gabriel T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any student of Photography and Amateur Photographer...
Kobre is the expert it seems on Photojournalism, and what he doesn't know he finds out. This Text was a life saver in my Photojournalism class (a requirement for an Associates or... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynda C Willliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I got this book for my class. It very informative and well written. I really like this book. I will keep after class is over.
Published 15 months ago by seeker54
3.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory for a college class, but...
really boring and not the best book on the topic - the teacher is also not really following the book but requires the book but then is not really teaching from it - not thrilled,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Shannyn Bishop Snyder
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