Being bloggers in Pakistan means, we are often get invited to different events, including walks for various causes and some of us get to cover protests too.
Nature of the protests are not as massive as currently happening in USA for “Black Lives Matter” campaign, but none the less, protests are protest and similar rules applied.
Tony & Chelsea Northrup *WARNING* Please consider your safety and be aware of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as well as the risk of any violence you may encounter at protests. Tony and Chelsea give tips on photographing a protest including the ethics of photojournalism, gear, settings, subjects to photograph, and other tips.
Strivold B 38 minutes ago (edited) You forgot some important tips: – Try to not eat ~6 hours before the protest, your digestive system would be full of blood otherwise and it could have a devastating effect if you get wounded. – Wear protections, a helmet with a “PRESS” sign on it. Don’t forget glasses and mask – Get long and solid pantS, don’t forget a second pant to protect you from damage. Even a reinforced pant can get wrecked by police weapons. – ALWAYS be aware of sounds and visuals around you and observe the layout for a quick escape at any time – Bring medical supplies, you never know when you will need it, and believe me, you WILL need it
Lyfan Deth 7 hours ago (edited) As we were taught during the Vietnam protests: You are there to record the news, not to make the news. If you’re in the frontlines, you have to stay out of the action in order to do that. And it helps if you are neatly and a bit formally dressed, with clear “PRESS” markings on your outerwear.
Dazzling Deb 4 hours ago (edited) Absolutely no cloning something in/out. It’s not OK. You’re shooting reality. If that telephone pole is in there and you can’t crop it out and still tell your story, leave it. Shooting with a wide aperture helps your subject to stand out and distractions tend to fade. Edit for color/contrast/exposure are fine. Cropping is fine. That’s it. As you said, you never stage a photo or suggest something. A PJ once photographed a fire that was out of control. He asked a firefighter to pour pool water over himself. It made a great shot, but it broke all the rules of photojournalism. The guy got fired. When you’re shooting anything, you’re documenting it. You’re not adding to it and you’re not participating in it. You do not influence anything.