News story: Adam Goff’s lecture

By: Sara Valle-Martínez

New Scientist Chief Editor Photographer spoke to London Metropolitan’s Journalism students about the basics of photography.

Last 5th of November, Journalism students had the opportunity to meet with Adam Goff, who has been working for New Scientist magazine for 27 years, to discuss the relevance of photography in journalism.

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Mr. Goff said: “You can’t ask people to do it again. As a photographer and journalist, you have to make sense of when something may happen.”

Adam Goff gave the students tips during his lecture. He explained to the Reporting and Photography Skills students that this aptitude comes from experience and second guessing is always key if you want the perfect photography.

The students had the opportunity to see some examples of the most famous photographs in history, like The Terror of War, taken in Vietnam; the first colour photograph of Earth rising above lunar surface; or Tank Man, from the Tiananmen Square protests.

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When talking about how things have changed for journalists and photographers, r. Goff said: “Nowadays you have your own space to write your stories and promote them yourself. You don’t need a magazine or a newspaper to publish it. That’s one of the good sides about the web.”

After introducing some of the types of cameras, their pros and their cons, Adam Goff asked the students to go outside and take photos to put the theory into practice.

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