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Gulf News Design Director
Miguel Gomez on
design doubts raised
by the members

Miguel is working on the tenth question
which will be an
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Photo Editing

9.There is no technical training or focus is going in this part of
world on photo editing.Photo editing is just coming out of
experience..Can you tell me the secret of photo editing?

Gopakumar K,Doha

Miguel:In journalism text, pictures, infographics and
illustrations have the
same importance and is based on the story. Picture editing is about
the shape of an image to highlight certain content or composition, to
add drama, movement and make the page more dynamic.

Some Do's and Dont's on the use of images are:

Dont: Use of picture to fill a space on a page.
Do: Use it because it communicates better than noting else certain
of the story.

Dont: Eliminate a good picture to make more space for text.
Do: Give the required space to both elements.

Dont: Crop a picture to make more space on the page.
Do: Crop it to enhance it content and to emphasize the story line

Dont: Cut-out a news image, this eliminates the context of the story.

Do: Cut-out images when you want to use them as an illustration (for
an interview, products, objects, etc.).

Dont: Leave a cut-out that is incomplete floating.

Do: Always cut-out complete objects and if this is not possible, have
a line or place it at the edge of the space.

Dont: Change constantly the cropping and size of mug-shots across

Do: Define a fixed size and use it consistently across the
paper. (You can have more than one but use it for specific purposes).

Dont: Use a picture across two pages if they are not a perfect
Do: Always look for a perfect spread to place a picture across two
pages, also take care that face did cut

Dont: Use a busy picture in a small box or a very simple picture big.
Do: Let the content on the image to dictate the size of the picture.

Same as other aspect of editorial design, photo editing needs
practice and application of basic principles. If you go to
after registration you can access two self-inducted
courses that I found really useful to learn the basics of photo
Ideally, you must review them and share it with your colleagues. Photo
editing is a discipline that involves editorial, photography and

Language of the Image

When photographers and editors don’t articulate the journalistic value
of an image, an important voice of the publication is muted or
rendered ineffective. Photojournalists should use, and encourage
others to use, the visual language. This course will help you learn
that visual language.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
▪ Use the visual vocabulary when discussing images
▪ Articulate the journalistic value of an image
▪ Make better storytelling images

Best of Photojournalism: What Makes a Winner.

By giving you a virtual seat at the judges' table through interviews
and video of the judges at work, you will learn what they look for in

A word of caution: Some of the photographs in this course contain
graphic content

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
▪ Demonstrate an understanding of how to edit a photo story
▪ Identify the three main elements of award-winning photography
▪ Learn what judges look for in a winning portfolio
▪ Test your judging skills in the "You Be the Judge" activity

First Batch of the Design Consultation can be see in the below link

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