Protest Photography

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

If you're interested in photojournalism or documenting the world through your lens, photographing a protest is a great idea. However, being right in the middle of a protest can be dangerous. In light of the Black Lives Matters protests, here's the best tips we have for staying safe at a protest.

For the best photos, it's important to stay close to the action but it's advisable to wear a media jacket so police know who you are, or stick to the other members of the media if violent action breaks out. It's also advisable to know where you are and all of the exit routes in case of an emergency.

It's important to be everywhere during a protest. There's always something to be captured and you need to keep an eye out. Watch out for other photographers, but establish your own visual space.

You'll be wanting to capture everything around you so it's important to be prepared. Bring whatever lenses you have, multiple SD cards, and a spare battery, or two. Remember, the most important scenes to capture are the ones full of raw emotion. Shoot everything but always keep an eye out for what's going to be the most memorable shot.

Don't forget, if you've studied the layout of the place you're in, you should know where you can get roof access for a bird's eye view, showing how many people are actually there.

Most importantly, stay safe and prepared. Keep your gear close to you, watch out for rogue placards, and stay hydrated!

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