protest photography | Washington, DC photographer - Kenneth Jackson

May 29, 2016: protest photography

I shoot a lot of stuff other than individuals, couples, proposals, and weddings.  Protest photography is one of my favorite genres.  Believe it or not, shooting protests is good cross-training for shooting weddings:

- I constantly monitor the dynamics of the crowd to capture as many critical moments as I can.

- I swap lenses frequently as I attempt to anticipate which focal length I'll need for an upcoming shot.

- I move regularly to improve my vantage point on a particular scene.

- I time my shots to get the best split-second in a quickly changing facial expression.  Alternatively, I use rapid fire mode when needed.

- I gotta stay on top of things like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.  Available light and desired depth of field can shift rapidly.

I've included some examples of my work below.  They're in chronological order.  I still have a lot of room for improvement, but I feel like I've progressed a lot from my first protest to my most recent one.  Hopefully I'll continue to get better at weddings, too.

#DCFerguson (December 7, 2014 and January 15, 2015)

Millions March NYC (December 13, 2014)

Democracy Spring (April 15, 2016)

May Day (May 1, 2016)

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