It’s opening day here in Vancouver, and I’m already facing two dilemmas.
The first one is camera equipment. I’ve been a professional photojournalist for 30 years. I have expensive equipment, designed to do a fabulous job of getting the right image. My camera has an 18-megapixel censor and I have several lenses to use, including a telephoto. I can stand half a block away and get a good image (ok, I exaggerate a little bit.)
The iPhone has a 3-megapixel camera and the Bubo’s wide angle lens attachment mean I have to stand on top of my subject in order to get a quality image. The professional photographer in me wants good images! But I’m here to test this system for Vericorder, so I should go out and shoot people on the hockey rink with the iPhone. This is going to hurt.
The other conflict is about story content. There is a bit of a controversy between the Australian Olympic team and the IOC regarding Australia’s boxing kangaroo mascot. One of our students is going out today to cover a media event with the kangaroo meeting the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Here’s the dilemma: our story can’t reflect negatively on the IOC, (see yesterday’s post) so how do you cover the event and provide the context for it without at least a perception of negativity towards the IOC?
This is an excellent learning situation for the student and for me, the editor. I don’t know yet how we’ll do it. Stay tuned!