EJ InSight

‘I Can’t Not Shoot This’ — For Photojournalist, Preparation Meets Opportunity

Wildfire photographer Helen Richardson, in a companion EJ InSight case study, shares a personal account of her efforts to capture compelling images from Colorado’s deadly Waldo Canyon Fire. Plus, more of her photos and a report on how to prepare properly to shoot disasters while protecting yourself, including from COVID-19.

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F/8, N95 and Be There — Wildfire Photojournalism in the Pandemic Era

Safety has long been an element of smart disaster photojournalism. But there’s a new dimension to the risk now — coronavirus. Wildfire photographer Helen Richardson writes in the latest EJ InSight column about how to protect yourself, how to be prepared and how to get the story. Plus, a photo slidehow and a case study on confronting the journalistic challenges in one major fire.

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Illustrating the Environment in a New Light

Freelance photographer Morgan Heim explores the ethical and creative considerations of non-traditional photography when reporting on wildlife issues, in a sidebar to the latest EJ InSight. See a slideshow of images with her unique approach. Plus, Heim on surviving in today’s constrained news media economy and the implications for storytelling, independence and integrity.

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Freelance Photographer Charts New Journalistic Path

How do you survive as a freelance wildlife photojournalist in today’s constrained news media economy? In the latest EJ InSight, photographer Morgan Heim shares the approach she has successfully pursued, and shares its implications for storytelling, independence and integrity. See a slideshow of her images. Plus, Heim explores the ethics of non-traditional photography.

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Delving Into Drones

Veteran National Geographic photojournalist Peter Essick offers practical advice on learning to fly your own drone. Plus, he shares insights and photos from his most recent drone project, capturing the restoration of the Great Lakes, and explains why he sees the combination of drone photography and environmental journalism as a match made in heaven.

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Drones and Photojournalism — Elevating the Craft to New Heights

A match made in heaven — that’s how veteran National Geographic photojournalist Peter Essick sees the combination of drone photography and environmental journalism. In the latest EJ InSight, Essick shares insights and photos from his most recent drone project, capturing the restoration of the Great Lakes. Plus, in a sidebar, Essick gives practical advice on learning to fly your own drone.

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On Remote Hawaiian Islands, Seeing What Few Ever See

There’s nothing like firsthand reporting, even if it means taking a freighter 1,300 miles to the remotest edge of the Hawaiian Archipelago to visit a newly expanded marine national monument. The latest EJ InSights recounts two journalists’ island-hopping journey and their efforts to capture and organize extensive multimedia for an eventual 14-part package. Plus, why they froze their underwear.

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Perfecting Your Panorama Technique

In this how-to, veteran environmental photojournalist Dennis Dimick shares new techniques for capturing panoramas from the air — while on commercial plane flights — in order to illustrate human impacts on the landscape. Plus, Dimick details how and why he developed the new approach, in our latest EJ InSight column exploring the cutting edge of visual journalism on the environment.

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Capturing a Planet on the Fly

Capturing panoramas from the air has become a passion for veteran environmental photojournalist Dennis Dimick. In the latest EJ InSight, our new column exploring the cutting edge of visual journalism on the environment, Dimick describes how he visualizes the expanding human footprint of the emergent Anthropocene era — by shooting from commercial airplane flights. Plus, Dimick shares his techniques in a how-to sidebar.

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How Others Are Practicing Multimedia

As part of SEJournal's new EJ InSight column, a quarterly section that will explore the range of photojournalism, videography, information graphics and data visualization for environmental journalism, read a short piece on how print environmental journalists are experimenting with photography.

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