My Grade 10 ITGS Social Media are looking Flickr as a way to report the news. They have compare and constrast two images posted to Flickr of the same news story: one from a professional agency/photographer and one from a ‘citizen’. Below is the assignment in full and my attempt (if I can’t do it, how can I expect my students to do it?).
Go to flickr and find at two images from a recent news story. Try to find images that are similar: for example both images are of Nadal at the Mens Final Australian Open last night, or two images showing the Costa Concordia ship on it’s side. Please try to find:
- 1 posted by a ‘professional photographer’ with all rights reserved (copyright)
- 1 posted by a ‘citizen’ and few rights reserved.
Compare and contrast the following information:
- The title and caption of image (and accuracy)
- Are there any links or extended information about the image?
- Tags (for searching)
- Copyright/creative commons licence,
- Quality of image (can you access in all sizes, is it a professionally taken image or just a snapshot – clue, look at the camera that it was taken on as this information is often given),
- Date published
- What can you find out about each of the photographers (look at their photostream)?
- Is each image part of a series of images?
For each image, explain WHY you think the image has been uploaded?
My Attempt: Djokovic loses the Australian Open
Image 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/syd/6786158479/
Image 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/syd/6786155701/
Title and Caption: Tennis 2012 – Australian Open – Men’s Final Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrates after winning the men’s finals match on day 14 of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia.Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Novak Djokovic (SRB) pose for pictures with their trophies at the men’s finals match on day 14 of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia.
Title only: And it goes to #Djokovic. Over 5 hours. #tennis #australianopen #australia #espn
The first image has a full title and caption which give clear information about the image whereas the second image just uses keywords/tags with the # to denote a tag. The first image has a comprehensive set of tags posted on the right of the image including Australia Open 2012, Day 14, Djokovic whereas the second images uses tags such as normal, square which do not give any information about the tennis.
The first image has all rights reserved and there is contact information about the image should you want to use it. In addition there is a watermark on the image (South Creek Global Media). The second image has only some rights reserved: you can share, remix, attribute but not use for commerical purposes. That’s why I can add the second image.
Both images were taken at the same time (at this was as Djokovic won). The quality of the first image is excellent compared with the second image. The first image was taken on a Nikon D3S com whereas the second image was taken off a television screen – the person wasn’t even at the event!
Andy King is the photographer of the second image. Looking at his photostream, it appears that he just posts images of things/events that he is interested in. His profie says that he is a student from the USA. The first photographer is Sydney Low and looking at his photos and profile, we see that he is a professional photographer from Australia. Sydney has a whole set of images from the event whereas Andy just posted two images both taken from the TV.
I think that Andy posted his image because he is a tennis fan and wanted to capture the moment even though it was off the TV whereas Sydney is using Flickr to advertise his images and his photography business.
Students: Your turn now!