Tips for a news photographer

Look. Digest as much press and editorial photographic content as you possibly can, across all media. Reverse-engineer how the professionals are achieving published work. What are they shooting, how are they shooting it and why are they covering it? Understand where press photography has been and where it’s going.

Learn. To take the above further, enrol on either the Press & Editorial Photography degree at Falmouth University or look at the various NCTJ photojournalism courses in the UK. We spend three years working with students to help them become press and editorial photographers.

Read. Read everything you can get your hands on. Understand the world, your locality and people. Consume all media relentlessly. Question everything, imagine everything as an image and build your news sense.

Inquire. An extension to the above. Be nosy, in a polite and inquisitive way. Have your finger on the pulse of peoples’ reasons and motivations for what they do. Understand what is important to people and what is about to happen to them.

Practise. You must become an expert in your equipment and your workflow. Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst. You need to get to a place whereby you don’t need to look at the back of the camera to see whether the image has come out. You must be able to technically realise what you want.