Stephen Farrell of the New York Times talks about what he did and didnâ€™t bring to Egypt.
Photographers of the increasingly violent upheaval in Egypt are being forced â€” in the interest of personal safety â€” to adopt practices that limit their range of coverage at exactly the moment the world is hungriest for as many images from as many perspectives as possible.
According to interviews on Thursday with nine photojournalists in Cairo, it is often hard to photograph demonstrators for President Hosni Mubarak, because they are so openly hostile to journalists. On the defensive, photojournalists also find themselves traveling in packs (which they do not typically like to do), staying away from whole sections of Cairo (which is anathema) and donning helmets (which raises the likelihood they will be mistaken for government spies).
The New York Times on using the iPhone to tell a story in a war zone.
â€œComposing with the iPhone is more casual and less deliberate,â€ Mr. Winter said. â€œAnd the soldiers often take photos of each other with their phones, so they were more comfortable than if I had my regular camera.â€
Mr. Winter even found himself taking a few iPhone pictures during firefights while he was shooting video with his single-lens reflex (a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, as long as weâ€™re on the subject). The Hipstamatic app forced him to wait about 10 seconds between photos, so each one had to count.