Drones & Journalism

You may have seen their footage from protests, sporting events and the Nepal earthquake. You may have watched them whizzing around public parks and beaches. But, thanks to stringent rules set up by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), drones are still a limited part of the modern journalist’s reporting arsenal. 

“photographers can get in the way of themselves, and lose sight of what’s essential”

This is part 1 of a conversation with photographer Matt Black, discussing his NPPA proposal and his Black Okies project.

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This week, three Instagrammers who share what they’re shooting when they’re on assignment. Live vicariously through:

Andrea Bruce. A member of NOOR, frequently on assignment for the New York Times. Latest shots are from Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

David Yoder. A National Geographic shooter, not all of Yoder’s Instagram posts are taken with just an iPhone, but it’s fun to see what he’s shooting when he’s in the field.

David Guttenfelder. Associated Press chief Asia photographer, currently shooting from North Korea.

Helpful tweets:

PBS MediaShift tweets articles from their own blog and other sources on the changes happening in digital media. It’s a great source of information on where and how our work fits in journalism today.

DuckRabbit tweets from the DuckRabbit blog, a production company that spotlights photographers, and gives advice to the visual community.

NPPA. If you don’t follow the National Press Photographers Association, you should. It’s a great resource for legal information and inspiring image makers.