Tuesday, 28 July 2009

KOJ 3433 Photojournalism

Many of my students are still very confused with the terms photojournalism and photography or photojournalist and photographer.

Photography is the art of taking great pictures involving correct use or technique of the camera and the lens as well as the clever manipulation of the digital images using appropriate software. Composition, lighting, shutter speed or whatever elements that make great pictures are important in photography. Usually a photographer can plan what to shoot or how to shoot it. But in photojournalism, everything is often unexpected making the camera the other eye of the photojournalist.

If you want to be a good photojournalist, make sure you carry your camera wherever go and keep your eyes open and your ears clear of the wax. Look, listen, shoot, look, listen then shoot again and again and again. If you have a DSLR, always adjust all your DSLR settings to AUTO. These include auto focus, auto ISO, auto WB, etc. because if there is a spontaneous event, then you may not be able to record the moment with the manual selection on your DSLR. Too late, too costly!

Now tell me which one of these two pictures below is photojournalism?

Picture A

Picture B

You may have time to compose your shoot in Picture A but not in Picture B. You don't even have a second to think alas to adjust your camera ISO, speed or the aperture. When you see it, just shoot. That's why I suggest everything to be in AUTO. We are not talking about the art of photography here but the stories and emotions of the brief moments captured as images.

Photojournalism evokes emotions such as sadness, anger, frustrations, etc that trigger the awareness and the need for change. Take a look at these pictures. Tell me which ones will move you to change?

If you are a photographer you take this picture to please the world.

But as a photojournalist you make the whole world weeps!

A photographer takes pictures for remembrance.

A photojournalist makes the world leaders remember their sins.

Photojournalism is difficult. It takes patience, courage, luck and sometimes insanity. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it kills. How many photojournalists died while doing their assignments? Since the invention of the camera until the era of DSLR, wars, crimes, politics, natural disasters etc have killed countless number of photojournalists.

And tell me how many photographers died when they clicked on their cameras? That's why photography is too easy compared to photojournalism (sorry photographers).

If you are a photographer, this memorable visit must have been an item in your bucket list.

But if you are a photojournalist, you wished you were here when it happened!

In photography, cameras, lenses and all those paraphernalia really count. But in photojournalism, the world is counting on you. So that you change people to make the world a better place (sounds like MJ's song).

OK! Class is dismissed! See you next week.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Balik Kerja

Semua orang bekerja dan semua akan pulang ke rumah selepas bekerja. Pak Ngah telah rakamkan peristiwa balik rumah dari kerja buruh-buruh yang bekerja di Sepang Gold Coast minggu lepas.

The project that cost 50% of tax-payer's money is expected to operate at the end of this year.

Hari dah nak Maghrib. It's time to go home.

It's getting dark. May be I should stop now.

Bangladeshis are hard working people

Pulang dulu, ya pak.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

UPM Bintulu Campus

Last Tuesday, July 14th, 2009, I was invited to give a talk to about 350 new students of UPM, Bintulu Campus. My first visit to Bintulu was in 2002 but it was only for a day and it was so brief and I didn't bring my camera and that I could not recall how Bintulu really look like . My journey to Bintulu was via Kuching. I managed to take these two pictures at the Kuching Airport below before boarding the Fokker to Bintulu.

Kuching Airport has changed tremendously. It's like a midi KLIA.

The Fokker to Bintulu is owned by the MASwing

I left Kuching at 4.50 pm and arrived at Bintulu Airport (below) at 5.55 pm.

I was received by Mustafa and Qayyum (MTM boys) at the Bintulu Airport which is like a mini KLIA

The driver fetched me at the airport to this small but OK hotel. All good hotels in Bintulu were fully booked, said the driver. I reached the hotel at 6.30 pm and later that evening at 9.00 pm I delivered the talk for two hours to the students. I was exhausted.

The next day Mustafa and Qayyum (The MTM Boys) took me for a ride around the campus. Take a look at these photos.

Above is a dining hall of the Rajang College and below are the hostels.

Then they showed me where the students did their field work.

After the trip, the they took me to the Bintulu town. They showed me the unique Bintulu Town Hall building (below)

Later they took me to the Tamu or market. Belacan Bintulu is very popular here.

Communication Research Method 2nd week Lecture

This semester I have been assigned by my boss, Associate Prof Dr Siti Zobidah Omar, to teach a course that I have been longing to teach: KOM 5311 Communication Research Method. The students are those doing their master's degree in Corporate Communication. Arriving from Bintulu at 5.00 pm yesterday, I rushed to UPM to teach the course that started at 6.00 pm. I took these two pictures below when I entered the lecture room at 6.15 pm. I was late and students were waiting for me.

There were quite a number of them. One is from Nigeria (below)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Senam Seni in UPM

THE MAN of the day who was responsible for the grand event.

Yesterday (4th of July 2009 = US Independence Day) I was at the Bukit Ekspo in UPM witnessing a grand event of some 6000 new students performing Malaysian aerobic dances. Here are some of the highlights.

We didn't win anything except the hearts of the audience.

These guys are good dancers.

These are some of the 14th College students.

Engineers-to-be-students of K11

These are the hands of the 12th College students.

K14 students performing the Silat Dance.

This guy just killed a Great White! No, actually the shark is the Mascot for his college.

My friend Syed Agil was in awe over the emotions of the students.

These 10th College students were the Red Devils of the event.

In the end, K14 managed to secure third place in the Best Mascot Category. The Mascot is actually a penguin. I'm proud of my K14 students. Syabas my children!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

When you don't feel like writing, just write.

So I'm writing something now to overcome the block. Famous writers said, to break the block just write. Write anything you want. May be, just rewrite something that you have written. Do not think of what, why and how you want to write it. Write with your heart. Write what ever comes across your mind. For example, right now I see a bottle of spritzer in front of me. So I'm going to write something about it. It's an empty bottle of mineral water. I want to drink but can't. So I have to get a bottle from the fridge. No, not yet. Let me finish this last sentence first. OK. When you write do not bother to look back at your grammar or your spelling. It's OK. You can do that later. But first you must finish your first paragraph. When it's done, it's time to rewrite. You rewrite with your head not with your heart. Write at least 150 words everyday about anything you can think of. That will make a good habit out of you.