Mengenal Metode EDFAT Dalam Foto Jurnalistik

Get to know the EDFAT method in Photojournalism

In photojournalism it is important to practice the ability to see things in detail, especially the events you want to cover. You can use a method known as the EDFAT method. This methodical approach helps journalists take pictures regularly so that the photos taken can tell a story that is easy to understand.

But first you need to get used to seeing a scene in different ranges, wide, medium and narrow. You can choose from 3 types of shooting according to your needs. So, next, let's discuss what EDFAT is:

1. Entire (entire)

Take pictures of the overall condition of the incident. This photo can introduce the subject of the photo and its environment to people who see the photo. Before going into the field, photographers usually already have an idea of ​​the scene or event they want to capture. Then determine the location, prepare the equipment according to your needs. For example, if you want to get photos of buying and selling transactions and choose a market for its location, for the first photo you can show a wide range of market scenes including the interactions therein.

You can take several photos with long exposures (around 4.5 meters) and focus on some people as part of the environment. Take a photo with a horizontal frame, then with a vertical frame. Keep moving by trying various compositions, take medium shots (around 3 meters). The distance for the type of shooting depends on the focal length of the lens used.

2. Details (details)

You can move closer to the object to get details, apart from that you can also interact with the subject to get these details , for example their eyes, hair, equipment used, and visual elements that can give special characteristics about the photo subject. Look for the point of interest in an event, for example in the scene at the market, you can take a picture of the subject buying with a portrait photo from the waist up.

3. Frame (frame)

You can adjust the composition by paying attention to the elements around the subject, both background and foreground. You need to think about the position of the subject in the frame to strengthen the story in the photo. From interactions with the subject, you can determine what elements need to be included in the frame. The photos you take should be close up both vertically and horizontally for photo variety.

4. Angle (angle)

Set the shooting angle from various directions, from above, below, near, far. Try to move closer to the subject and capture the subject's expression so that you get the subject's character, known as a personality portrait. Time. 

5. Time (time)

Use the time and opportunities that exist well, because maybe it won't happen again. You need to train to respond quickly when you see an incident and set the right camera to capture the incident. Apart from that, you must be able to explore the complete details of the incident.

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