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    I don't think connections are everything. If you're interested in the job, write in. For instance, if you're keen on trying out photojournalism locally, approach Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Write to the HR department and they will put you in touch with the art/photo departments of the various newspapers (Straits Times, New Paper, Business Times, Zaobao, Shinmin etc).

    Include a portfolio of your work. Pretty landscapes, astounding macro shots and sexy model shoots are great to look at and will show off your technical skills, but be aware that newspapers don't publish a lot of landscape, macro or model work. A lot of local news photos comes from:

    1. coverage of events - from boring press conferences to product launches to tragic accidents to court cases (snapping people coming out from court who are trying to hide from you)

    2. profiles/interviews with people. Portrait work where composition is everything: you will not have the opportunity to shoot the subject in a well-lit studio: you are likely to be shooting while the person is being interviewed by the reporter, or shooting in the subject's office/home.

    3. Street shots

    There is also a market for feature/architectural/fashion photographers, to illustrate articles in feature sections of newspapers. You would be shooting art pieces, sculpture, interior design, houses, fashion shoots, product shoots, portraits, travel, landscapes. If you are interested in this area, be specific about it in your application. You don't want to be hired as a news photographer and find that the work is boring or not your style. But don't expect to be hired if you just put "landscape photography" in your resume, unless you are aiming to get your work published in specific magazines.

    I believe magazine work is harder to get: there, word of mouth is very important.

    As for the wire agencies, be aware that post-processing is not well tolerated in the trade. A Reuters photographer was sacked for digital manipulation of his images: he had altered hue/saturation in his pictures of firemen fighting a forest fire to make the image more dramatic. Post processing is perfectly acceptable in "feature" type photography, but not for news coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlowjl View Post
    I don't think connections are everything. If you're interested in the job, write in. For instance, if you're keen on trying out photojournalism locally, approach Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Write to the HR department and they will put you in touch with the art/photo departments of the various newspapers (Straits Times, New Paper, Business Times, Zaobao, Shinmin etc).

    Include a portfolio of your work. Pretty landscapes, astounding macro shots and sexy model shoots are great to look at and will show off your technical skills, but be aware that newspapers don't publish a lot of landscape, macro or model work. A lot of local news photos comes from:

    1. coverage of events - from boring press conferences to product launches to tragic accidents to court cases (snapping people coming out from court who are trying to hide from you)

    2. profiles/interviews with people. Portrait work where composition is everything: you will not have the opportunity to shoot the subject in a well-lit studio: you are likely to be shooting while the person is being interviewed by the reporter, or shooting in the subject's office/home.

    3. Street shots

    There is also a market for feature/architectural/fashion photographers, to illustrate articles in feature sections of newspapers. You would be shooting art pieces, sculpture, interior design, houses, fashion shoots, product shoots, portraits, travel, landscapes. If you are interested in this area, be specific about it in your application. You don't want to be hired as a news photographer and find that the work is boring or not your style. But don't expect to be hired if you just put "landscape photography" in your resume, unless you are aiming to get your work published in specific magazines.

    I believe magazine work is harder to get: there, word of mouth is very important.

    As for the wire agencies, be aware that post-processing is not well tolerated in the trade. A Reuters photographer was sacked for digital manipulation of his images: he had altered hue/saturation in his pictures of firemen fighting a forest fire to make the image more dramatic. Post processing is perfectly acceptable in "feature" type photography, but not for news coverage.
    this is very good advice, if i should say so.
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    most local SPH photographers r "UNCLE" the coy is like, one uncle down replace him . so their turn over rate is very slow.
    how they pick their man? this "uncle" in SPH r often "Teacher" in photographer sch such as NAFA or other polys. they pick their understudy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlowjl View Post
    I don't think connections are everything. If you're interested in the job, write in. For instance, if you're keen on trying out photojournalism locally, approach Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Write to the HR department and they will put you in touch with the art/photo departments of the various newspapers (Straits Times, New Paper, Business Times, Zaobao, Shinmin etc).

    Include a portfolio of your work. Pretty landscapes, astounding macro shots and sexy model shoots are great to look at and will show off your technical skills, but be aware that newspapers don't publish a lot of landscape, macro or model work. A lot of local news photos comes from:

    1. coverage of events - from boring press conferences to product launches to tragic accidents to court cases (snapping people coming out from court who are trying to hide from you)

    2. profiles/interviews with people. Portrait work where composition is everything: you will not have the opportunity to shoot the subject in a well-lit studio: you are likely to be shooting while the person is being interviewed by the reporter, or shooting in the subject's office/home.

    3. Street shots

    There is also a market for feature/architectural/fashion photographers, to illustrate articles in feature sections of newspapers. You would be shooting art pieces, sculpture, interior design, houses, fashion shoots, product shoots, portraits, travel, landscapes. If you are interested in this area, be specific about it in your application. You don't want to be hired as a news photographer and find that the work is boring or not your style. But don't expect to be hired if you just put "landscape photography" in your resume, unless you are aiming to get your work published in specific magazines.

    I believe magazine work is harder to get: there, word of mouth is very important.

    As for the wire agencies, be aware that post-processing is not well tolerated in the trade. A Reuters photographer was sacked for digital manipulation of his images: he had altered hue/saturation in his pictures of firemen fighting a forest fire to make the image more dramatic. Post processing is perfectly acceptable in "feature" type photography, but not for news coverage.
    Thank you mlowjl

    I tink SPH will have a few application next few days
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    connections

    it is not what you know, but who you know
    wrong. its not who u know but who knows u.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boredphuck View Post
    wrong. its not who u know but who knows u.
    getting noticed with ur good work helps, and if you are of good personality, im sure frens who know the right person will speak well of you, that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbs99 View Post
    getting noticed with ur good work helps, and if you are of good personality, im sure frens who know the right person will speak well of you, that helps.
    then that would prove that i am right. u need ppl to notice and know u. no point knowing ppl. working your way up is one option. i would be happy if my photos are used by my company.

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    You need bloody strong shoulders and back. And willingness to work for low pay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Static View Post
    Seldom see our local press advertise recruitment ads for photographers.

    So how does the current press photographers got the job ?

    Through head hunt ?

    What qualifications are required ??

    Thanks




    Not sure if this has been asked before..

    So pardon me if its a repeated question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    You need bloody strong shoulders and back. And willingness to work for low pay.
    tats awfully true. i found out my photog's pay. its bad. with capital b.

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    Default Re: What does it takes to become a press photographer ?

    Do check out the pay structure of the company.

    E.g. SPH gives starting salary based on education level. After you're in, you're on your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KsterK View Post
    most local SPH photographers r "UNCLE" the coy is like, one uncle down replace him . so their turn over rate is very slow.
    how they pick their man? this "uncle" in SPH r often "Teacher" in photographer sch such as NAFA or other polys. they pick their understudy
    Well, I don't know about the "uncle" who teaches, and it's true that there are a lot of senior photographers, but a fair number of SPH photographers are young people (20/30-somethings) and they produce very good work, with a wide range of styles. Versatility is important. Also be prepared to work long or odd hours. You might be sent out for an early morning job one day, and then have to work a night event the next day. Expect to be on call all the time. There may also be days when you go for an AM job, rush back to download your photos, grab a bite, then rush off for the next job. Deadlines are a matter of fact.

    Canon recently held a photo contest in conjunction with The New Paper, and the winner got an internship with TNP. That's another route that you could go: ask about an internship rather than a full-time job, just to get your feet in first.

    What's true is that SPH (particularly the Straits Times, since it's the main paper) does have a large photo team. But there's no harm trying! Other newspapers may need you. Vacancies open up now and then. Flip through the local papers to see what kind of photos get printed, maybe work on getting some of your own shots that are "newsy" or interesting in how they portray emotion or mood, include them in your portfolio.

    Good luck!

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    wah you guys mostly from the press?
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    are we assuming that ppl here are only looking at being photogs and not photojournalists right?

    i got to know this uncle during a press trip to perth this year. really uncle. very ching chong also. nice guy. i think he works for the zaobao.

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    To be encouraging, I do know for a fact that there are a few Clubsnap members that eventually took up works for the local press.

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    It's absolutely BOLLOCKS if u think u need CONNECTIONS to be a full time photographer! Just call the editor,chief photogrpapher or any press photogrpaphers u meet and ask to have a portfolio review. If u are good and have potential,they will call u when there's vacancy.If not u can start off being a part timer when there's a shortage of manpower.

    Every year,many young people intern at SPH .If u are good ,u will be CALLED up sooner or later.Someone will remember u for the good work .

    What's the point of having connections if u are crap? U think SPH or some companies will hire u just be'cos u have some connections? ULESS u are the owners's son or something!

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    well.. if you are a student in mass communications in sg, you have four choices of which field of communication studies you would want to go into, one of them is photojournalism.

    if one has a chance to serve internships with various publications etc, or has a good background on photojournalism studies.. its not difficult to join the industry. :P
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    u must hav the time and interest, cos u can hardly b wif your love ones...(a reason y i quit) and ya, connections is veri impt, even to get the news

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    Quote Originally Posted by compro_1975 View Post
    u must hav the time and interest, cos u can hardly b wif your love ones...(a reason y i quit) and ya, connections is veri impt, even to get the news
    compro you were a photojournalist b4 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boredphuck View Post
    wrong. its not who u know but who knows u.
    i don't know about you, but normally the people i know, know me as well

    that ppl that know me, but i don't know them would help someone they know

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    i don't know about you, but normally the people i know, know me as well

    that ppl that know me, but i don't know them would help someone they know
    confusing...
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