Interview With A Journalist: Dag Stamnes, TV2

The 11th of January I was fortunate enough to get to interview Dag Stamnes, a journalist for Norway’s biggest news channel, TV2. Dag gave us a tour of the entire TV2 building, located in the centre of Oslo.

Stamnes gave me a tour of the entire building; newsrooms, editing rooms, green rooms, makeup rooms, sets from daily series, news broadcast set, as well as the remaining rooms in the massive building, which was an amazing experience – especially since I have appeared on TV2 before.

My appearance on TV2.

Here are some of the pictures from the tour.

During our interview we talked mostly about how technology has changed the shape of journalism and how it is now a tool of great importance. Stamnes talked with excitement over the way TV2 uses technology to give access to all reporters all material they get, how their computer systems work, and how his most beloved piece of technology, his iPhone, has changed the way he worked, and made his job easier. We discussed the technologies he uses on a daily basis, as well as what kind of inventions he would have would have invented, where he replied a tool which would make it easier to grab still-images from a video. Even so, he feels that technology today has made everything so much easier, going from having to process actual film to it all being digital and easier shared, as well as saving time in the production process. Stamnes emphasised on the importance of meeting people; in the digital era, it is easy to keep in touch with people over the internet, as well as make contacts there. Stamnes clearly stated the importance of actually going and meeting people face to face, travelling, and most importantly,getting contacts from all over the world, in various fields.

“Technology is only a tool.” Stamnes said, explaining how so many now rely on technology doing most of their job – you must only consider it a useful tool that can guide you, inform you and help you, but not do everything for you. As easy as technology has become to make so many jobs easier, trusting it too much is dangerous.

You must go out into the world – not only cyberspace.

Yes – I got to sit in the chair the news broadcasters use on television 🙂


My Favourite Photography Tips From 2011

Is there something 2011 has taught me, it is how to become a better photographer. From shooting still-life, portraits, landscapes and sports, I have used the web to gather my knowledge of how to take the perfect picture.

One of my proudest moments as a photographer – Lead singer of Dimmu Borgir, performing in London.

Starting to study journalism this year, I wanted to learn how to take more professional photos and combine them with journalism – in other words, have them tell a story.Journalism is changing, and as many journalists agree, the importance of photo-and videojournalism is growing as digital media’s power is growing.

Here are some of the websites, videos and articles that has helped me do so.

1.The New York Times & Lynn Hirschberg‘s Approaches To Celebrity Interviewing

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt” – One of the most-watched Screen Tests.
Since 2007, The New York Times have used YouTube actively to post short, black & white interviews with celebrities – also called “Screen Tests”. Their channel on YouTube has gotten an astounding…, interviewing celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Tyra Banks and George Clooney. Hirschberg also posts the same type of videos for W Magazine’s YouTube channel.

“Lynn Hirschberg’s Screen Test: What movie made you cry?

The videos, simple as they may be, always stood out to me as great new ways to perform interviews and capturing a person onto camera.
2. National Geographic –  Photography Guide for Beginners (ebook)

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A free downloadable PDF that contains everything you need to begin your profession as a photographer, explaining all the basics, difficult expressions and how to use your DSLR camera properly. Even as someone who had used a DSLR before, this free guide cleared a fair few things up. Great pictures, easy to understand and overall a good beginner’s guide to photography.

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3. Andrew Smith – Photojournalism Technique (ebook)

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Yet another free PDF, this time focusing on photojournalism in particular, through the eyes of photographer Andrew Smith. – Honest and an interesting read, with clever facts and harsh truths about the profession. I always find his story on how it was shooting Elton John an interesting read.

4. Masterclasses by Discover Wildlife

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These guides taught me a lot of what I know about animal photography; how to capture the perfect moments, how to photograph during different weather situations and the importance of the environment one is in. Includes tips and tricks you can use both for your pictures, as well as what you might need to protect and take care of your camera. I especially love the layout and the small sections that may give you inspiration for what kind of pictures you could take when you are dealing with a certain environment. Perfect guides for both professionals and beginners.

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5. Reynoldsjournalism video on YouTube about photojournalism

Power of Photojournalism – Part 1

Power of Photojournalism – Part 2

Nothing but a great, great documentary about photojournalism, including loads of excellent pictures and interviews. Two videos that have impacted me greatly on how I perceive photography, photojournalism and its future. Touching, interesting, inspiring and beautifully made.

Lunchtime Lecture: Peter Rudge/ Duckrabbit – “Look At Something Long Enough, And You’ll See Something Different”


“Journalists as a group are the best at telling stories – they get the most practice .” says Peter Rudge, part of the digital-production company Duckrabbit.
On November 23rd, Rudge came to Kingston University to discuss Duckrabbit, storytelling, and video versus photography.

“Good stories are endlessly attractive, and satisfactionary to people. IS a story well-told, we’ll experience some emotion through this.” says Rudge, as he discusses storytelling, and the importance of capturing the essence of a story. Duckrabbit is all about combining media to create a story that will captivate people, using photography, film and music to create the perfect picture of  a story, capturing not only the context of the story, but most importantly, the essence of it.

“Slapping The Fat Woman” – A Duckrabbit video.

Founded by Benjamin Chesterston in 2009, Duckrabbit makes films with different medias such as still-photo, animation, audio and photography, and mix them together in what Rudge referred to as “Photofilms”, where photography would be the dominant visual media. Having made videos for big companies such as the BBC, Duckrabbit believes it is all about ambiguity, as Rudge refered to their logo showing both a rabbit and a duck. If you look long enough at the picture, you will see something different, and to him, it is the same with journalism and a story – there is always something more than what we see at first glance.

To Rudge, the importance of photo and video in journalism is growing, as more and more people prefer visuals as opposed to text. It is easier to connect with people, evoke emotion and share it with others than it is with text – as the saying goes, a picture tells more than a thousand words, and to Rudge, this was definitely the case.


A problem with media however, is people’s attention span. Reading a newspaper is something you chose and take your time doing, whilst watching a video online is something in which comes with a lot of difficulty. We are so easily distracted, so a video must stand out, and by using photography and audio on top of it, Rudge believes their videos stand out.

When answering questions from fellow students about how to succeed as a journalist and if digital media is the way to go, Rudge replied that media is the only correct way to go.

“Naïve to think that written journalism will be the only dominant force in years to come.” says Rudge as he finishes an enlightening lecture about the importance media will have on the future of journalism.

Make sure to check out Duckrabbit’s Official Page, Vimeo and Twitter.

Canon 60D

A couple of weeks back, I treated myself to a Canon 60D, with a 17-85mm lense.
Now, I have to admit – when it comes to the technical aspects of cameras in general, I am no expert. However, testing technology is something in which I love.

Now, I haven’t had excessive experience with cameras in the past – I own a Canon 450D, a Sony HRD-CX105 AVCHD Handycam and a Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof camera, as well as having tested out some other Canon and Nikon DSLRs, but regardless of that fact, I know a good camera when I’m using it – and this is by far the best one I’ve ever tried.

Now, as for the technical details, I must admit, I am no pro. For that I’ll leave you to a more thorough review than mine.

However, I thought I’d share a few pictures I’ve taken over the past weeks: