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Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach 6th Edition

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"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

FROM THE PREVIOUS EDITION:
" 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

"invaluable...in 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.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:
* 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: http://kenkobre.blog.bom

TOPICS INCLUDE
* 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075068593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750685931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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,

-Zsen
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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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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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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 help you understand what they are talking about. Chapters have a logical length also. If you are looking for a guide to understand the basics of Photojournalism I guess this book will help you indeed.
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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"!!! VERY informative - great pictures - LOTS of fantastic information! I would really recommend this book for anyone interested in Photo Journalism as a career or as a hobby!
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This book is a great tool to learn from. It has a wealth of knowledge and tips from those working in the Photojournalist field. Any student assigned this book should buy it, they will learn a lot.
As an added bonus the pictures are so fascinating that family members borrowed it to look at the pictures on a long car trip. The pictures alone are one reason I'll never sell this book back. I'm putting it on my coffee table after the class is over. :D
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