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I spend a week with Open Window students on their annual photography tour.  This year they went to the picturesque Free State town, Clarens.  I presented a workshop on photojournalism to the students.

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Awesome South African photography Obie Oberholzer inspired the students with his work and stories about photographs and trips around the world.  He also did a lecture about ‘painting with light’, a technique he uses in his photography.

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Garreth Barclay, up and coming fashion photographer, assisted the students with instructing a model and other tips to get great beauty and fashion photographs.  He also presented his impressive portfolio and did a workshop on editing skin-tone.

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The highlight of the tour was a trip to Tshepong centre in the Kgubetswana Township in Clarens.  The students (and lecturers) played games with the kids and assisted with some craft activities.

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The kids were very interested in photography and took the chance to get some experience.

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After lunch the kids and care workers took the students on a trip around the township to show where they live.

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Some photojournalism tips:

1.  Use the technical language of photography to tell your story

2.  Treat people with respect

3.  Look for contrast, symbolism, emotion, interaction, tension

4.  Try to tell stories that hasn’t been told or look for new angles on old stories

5.  Try and look for a small aspect (individual) that tells a bigger story (issue)

6.  Your story needs to flow visually and have narrative

7.  Planning is essential but you also need to be flexible

8.  Try and find beauty in every situation

9.  Be mindful of ethics

10 . Use multimedia but quality photography is still more important than platform


Instagram photo I took on the way back from Clarens


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