An Introduction to Press Photography

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

The 20th Feb proved to be a very interesting evening.  We had a visit from press photographer Cliff Hide who gave us some really fascinating inside info about what goes on regarding photography in the newspaper industry.

Cliff told us something of his own career path – starting on a provincial newspaper in Oxford and going on to supply our well-known dailies with pictures. Turns out he works as a picture editor too – so has to sort out the thousands of photos that flood in daily for possible publication.

Turns out he hasn’t always been a pro photographer – he apparently spent many years in finance before finding he preferred looking at current happenings through a lens!

He states that his photography won’t satisfy camera club judges! Impact in a newspaper doesn’t always follow the ‘rules’ for photography! Gave us some great examples of judges’ comments on his work too!

Of course, by the nature of his work he frequently sees the ‘darker’ side of life – so his presentation came with a health warning as some images were more than a little macabre – but we’re a tough lot us photogs!!!

Interesting to find out the speed press photographers get their copy in to the papers – Bluetooth connections in cameras now mean that pictures can be winging their way to the editors’ desks whilst the camera is still clicking! Bit different to the ‘old’ days of finding an internet connection – or even further back - rushing the roll of film in!

Cliff also let us in on which of his images have been good money-spinners – and of course some are used multiple times over long period!

This was a superb evening – and we look forward to welcoming Cliff again with another of his presentations in the not too distant future!



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