TAKING BETTER PHOTOS
iphone Photography School is a fun site to poke around on for examples of good photography. Its blog and its tutorials offer helpful tips about how to take better photos with an iPhone—and many of the tips apply for any smart phone.
To see some examples of excellent news photography, link to this Los Angeles Times Web page of photos in the news.
SHOOTING BETTER VIDEO
Review—or learn—the important basics about shooting video using this step-by-step guide and links from the Advanced Media Institute.
Here's BBC's Blank-Settle with a smartphone video tutorial.
To read about "the real beauty of B-roll," see this short piece and accompanying video from journalist Andrew Norton (scroll down to the heading, "Load-bearing B-Roll").
For solid advice about more advanced technique, see this piece from the Poynter Institute on creating shot sequences to tell news stories.
Check out these video news stories recommended by the Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins, who shares his expertise based on experienced analysis: "I study stories," he says. "I pull them apart and listen to them line by line, soundbite by soundbite."
And for more examples of effective video news stories, see the Columbia Journalism School's duPont-Columbia award winners. Scroll down to the Winners Archive.
APPS AND SOFTWARE FOR JOURNALISM VIDEOS
Videolicious is an easy-to-use app that works well for editing smart phone news videos.
Find more apps for shooting and editing videos here (from journalist Ezra Eeman on Pinterest).
The Advanced Media Institute has a tutorial on using Premiere, a video editing program that works on Windows and Apple computers.
The Advanced Media Institute also provides a good tutorial on how to use Final Cut Pro, a video editing program that works only on Apple computers.