437. Introduction

Introduction. A phase of commercial photography, which has grown with leaps and bounds during the last few years, is the making of pictures for the newspapers and magazines. So similar appear the two classes of work that they are generally known as "Press Photography," but in actuality the work of the newspaper photographer is vastly different to that of the photographer who supplies magazine illustrations. The former is all for speed, incident, vivid contrasts, and, above all, vital action.

438. The newspaper photographer is ever on the jump, ready at a moment's notice for any assignment - an early morning fire, or a presidential candidate; the scene of a gruesome murder, or the snapping of a foreign noble bridegroom entering the church. His pictures must tell news, just as truly as the reporter's story tells the facts.

439. The magazine photographer, on the other hand, prepares his work deliberately. He pictures incidents in series, or hunts up his subject according to the story to be illustrated. He works slower, but must produce more perfect work than his newspaper brother. With these differences in view, we divide our instruction on press photography into the various classes into which it naturally falls.