Photojournalist's Field Guide, A: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall
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Stacy Pearsall is the most decorated female war photographer of our time and an award-winning photojournalist. During her 12 years as a military photographer, she traveled to over 41 countries, shot over 500,000 photos, and endured over 24 medical procedures to repair combat wounds sustained in battle. Her work in Iraq earned her the Bronze Star medal and Commendation with Valor. Her work has appeared in various media outlets, including Time magazine, The New York Times, BBC, and USA Today; and has been featured in the Oscar-nominated PBS production, “Operation Homecoming.” For her courage and work she has appeared on numerous high-profile shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Pearsall currently works as a freelance photographer and is the owner of the Charleston Center for Photography. Learn more about Stacy and see her work at: http://stacypearsall.photoshelter.com/, http://www.f8pj.com/, and http://ccforp.org/
In this comprehensive, practical guide, award-winning photojournalist Stacy Pearsall offers the techniques, guidance, and inspiration needed to succeed in the dynamic and exciting field of photojournalism.
Starting with an overview of photojournalism and her experience as both a combat and domestic photographer, Stacy covers the basics of preparing for assignments, discussing such key topics as selecting suitable attire for different environments, assembling essential camera gear, developing the right approach for a story, and honing your shooting technique. beyond the fundamentals, Stacy then dives into the nitty-gritty details of photojournalism work, providing insights into living and working in harsh conditions, maintaining physical and mental health, and managing relationships with subjects.
The book interweaves hundreds of Stacy’s amazing photographs with stories of her experiences in the field, providing context for advice on everything from navigating unfamiliar locations, to properly exposing your images, to building innovative multimedia projects. Follow her into "the trenches" for the fascinating stories behind the shots, which show by example how to get the best photographs you can, even under the most challenging circumstances.
- Features stunning full-color images from some of the author’s most dramatic moments as a photojournalist
- Offers insights on preparing for long-term assignments, working in austere environments, and reintegrating into society after a project
- Interweaves photography techniques with advice on interacting with subjects and creating compelling stories
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely one of the most complete field guild for photographers of any level!,
This review is from: A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall (Paperback)First off, let me start by saying this books is impressive! I've been a professional photographer for about 15 years now and my collection of photography books fills a couple of shelves in my library. I must say that this is definitely the most complete guide covering all aspects of photography--including many items most photographers never think of. Including responsibilities of a photojournalist, essential gear & other essential items, proven successful shooting methods, many examples of tough yet remarkable photos and how they were captured, ethics, business planning, etc.
Pearsall's book is a must have for every aspiring photographer out there, and even us pros can pick up a few new tricks to help us become better photographers. Her photos will inspire you, a her sage-like advice and explanations will help guide you to success.
Pearsall is one of the best at what she does, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.
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This review is from: A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall (Paperback)Although the author photographed with the military, her techniques apply wherever one must compose and shoot "on the run" -- without the time to set up a studio environment.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall (Paperback)My book arrived while I was out of town. I didn't open it until the next morning after I went through my mail. I figured I would just thumb through it before I sit down later and actually read it. I could not but the book down. I had to read it right then and there. The photos told a story in themselves. I found myself riveted to the stories behind the photos. While the photos were incredible, the stories made them personally. I could feel the pain and anguish as Stacy made her decision to take photos of her dying friend.
I am glad she told the real deal on how to handle the bodily needs in the field. This is something the military always neglects to tell servicewomen. You are expected to figure it out on your own. Great job Stacy. You cut that learning curve down.
I will never be a photojournalist, but I found I could not put this down until I finished it. If you think of this book as a how to, you will miss the true meaning. There is more depth than just the technical... Read more
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Table of Contents
Intro: A brief journey through my career
Chapter 1: Understand Your Role and Responsibility
Chapter 2: Special Considerations
Chapter 3: Gear Necessities
Chapter 4: My Shooting Methodology
Chapter 5: Rules of Engagement in General and Spot News
Chapter 6: Mission Essential
Chapter 7: On Assignment, Start to Finish
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