Poynter News University: Language of the Image

I took an online class at the Poynter News University called Language of the Image. It was extremely fascinating and my girlfriend ended up doing it with me because we were both mesmerized by the photographs shown in the lecture. The Poynter Institute,which runs Poynter News University, is an organization dedicated to training and informing journalists, and publishes the soon to be renamed . It also preforms the role of ombudsmen for espn.com.
The course i did was entitled the Language of Image. It went over the numerous forms of image, the journalistic value of an image, and ways to use an image to create better story telling. I learned various types of shots, including juxtaposition, the rule of thirds, and sense of place. These forms and the nearly twenty they listed were all informative and helpful lessons learned in the process of using images to tell a story.
There is the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and while not every photo shown was capable of that, there were a few that could not be forgotten. One of a war torn Palestinian town at dusk was an eerie portrait of the quiet menace of that occurs during the silence between battle. Another picture I really enjoyed was the picture of the person praying and holding a bible while a gun sat tucked into his waist. It was taken in the Bible Belt of America and reminded me of the recent Hank Williams Jr. comments and his subsequent firing from Monday Night Football.
An example of a story-telling image in recent news is this photo of college football superstar Andrew Luck. The photo shows many forms of images including quality of light, perspective, personality portrait, graphic and sense of place. This photograph looks amazing to me and it represents Luck’s place right now at the top of the college football world.Stanford Superstar Andrew Luck


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