If I could do something besides photography, it might be to consult with people to help them get their message out in the media. Yesterday was one of those occasions where I covered an event that could have gotten the issue a lot of play, if more of the protesters knew how to make a picture. I have nothing against these demonstraters or their issue and I don’t think anyone should take this commentary as a judgement of their opinions on this serious issue gripping the world me live in. However, the lack of understanding visuals often times causes people with a worthy cause to be lost in the shadows, because their messengers often fail to make images that will grab a news consumers attention.
I think a lot of time people think their cause doesn’t get attention because of media bias, which of course happens, but a lot of groups don’t have a fighting chance when the optics fall short. As photographers, we really only care about one thing: making great images.
So here are a few tips that might help.
1. Almost everyone at your protest show have a sign.
2. Make sure rally or march leaders insight participants to shake their fists and shout.
3. Walk somewhere… nothing can me more boring that 90 minutes with people standing in place.
4. Wear matching T-Shirts… I know it might seem silly, but it screams were organized and this is what we care about.