Sunday, 21 June 2009

Right Place Right Time

The news from Iran is not good. Bombs, water cannon, tear gas and anti-riot police are all mentioned in reports based on Twitter or blogs but it is not based on photographs from the BBC. Foreign news organisations, including the BBC, have been subjected to strict controls which prevent reporters from leaving their offices.

On the news we are watching videos of protests that have been made by protestors holding up their mobile phones. They are getting the photos that are being published across the world. Although they are not professional, the phone owners have become photojournalists. Remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989? The images of the protestor stopping a tank in its tracks will remain in many memories.

It doesn't have to be photojournalism. It can be sport, holiday snaps, portraits and even landscapes, but the rule for the best photos is to be at the right place at the right time.

Happy snapping

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