Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (i.e., the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, and to refer largely to serious news stories. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (such as documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by the qualities of: *Timeliness - the images
The reason why this definition is important is in light of issues such as security and intellectual property rights. If we are to protect our ability to simply shoot planes the explanation : " i photograph planes 'cos i like it" may not be simply not valid anymore. Please refer to Bronkos thread on intellectual property issues AND the usual security hassle threads that pop every weeek.
TS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2909 times:
Interesting topic, but I tend to disagree with you. There are journalists who need their press credentials in order to get their job done & to earn money. On this site the vast majority of contributors are just hobby photographers & not photojournalists. Real journalists would lose much credibility if everyone would get press credentials.
Quoting Eksath (Thread starter): " i photograph planes 'cos i like it" may not be simply not valid anymore.
It is still valid. There is no law against aviation photography (at least in Western societies), so aviation photographers just have to insist on their rights.
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3002 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
Well I would NOT call the people who contribute to this site Photojournalists. They would be more generally classified as Docomentary Photographers. They are simply documenting the arrivals, departures, etc., of aviation.
Only those who regularly PUBLISH in printed form for PAYMENT would really be classified as Photojournalists.
Publishing on a website such as A.net, while a noble endeavour really isn't photojournalism per se.
To me, you're simply a hobbyist until you earn a FULLTIME paycheque from Photojournalism.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2837 times:
Quoting Eksath (Thread starter): The reason why this definition is important is in light of issues such as security and intellectual property rights. If we are to protect our ability to simply shoot planes the explanation : " i photograph planes 'cos i like it" may not be simply not valid anymore.
It's not what we call ourselves, or this website, it's what we do with the pictures. If you sell an image with someone else's trademarked logo or intellectual property on it to someone other then a journalistic endeavor, such as a company that wants to make postcards or posters, or coffee mugs, t-shirts, decals, or for them to use your image in marketing their different product without gaining permission to use the trademarked item, you can run into problems. Justifiably so. Your copyright of someone else's trademark just got trumped.
INNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3782 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2778 times:
Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 6): Would you still be a hobbyist, or would you have to be considered a photojournalist now?
I would consider you as a photojournalist if you got a degree in photojournalism ( or fine arts ), if you either work for a paper / company or freelance and if you regularly get paid for regular assignments you shoot.
I guess very few of the thousands of photographers on A.net fit this genre.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2774 times:
As far as I can tell, we're just a bunch of weirdos taking pictures of flying machines. Or, to generalise it even further, basically 'people taking pictures', just like billions of others... Taking holiday pictures doesn't make you a travel journalist/photographer either.
Freelance Aviation photojournalism?
If you're make a living out of it, yes. Otherwise, no.