IN AN age where technology has simplified the process of getting and contributing to our vast body of news and information, award-winning photojournalist Victor Kintanar believes that more and more people need to be oriented about the ethics more than the technicalities of modern-day photojournalism.
"Basically with a smartphone, almost anyone can solicit photos about anything that happens in the society," Kintanar said.
Starting off as a journalist in 1992 for SunStar Cebu, Kintanar said that a lot has changed in the practice of photojournalism since the dawn of his career. The evolution of phones and the fact that many can have access to owning one says a lot about people's ability nowadays to alter reality with just a few clicks.
Kintanar explained that the appearance of smartphone cameras not only widens the scope of information sources to the masses but has completely revolutionized the quality of photographs and the way information reaches people.
"Even the quality of the pictures produced by smartphones or iPhones can equal or even sometimes surpass those of the DSLR. This is in contrast to the scenario before where only those with cameras can be sources of visual information. But basically, the main issues lie mostly in editing," he added.
Kintanar has worked as a photojournalist for various multinational media organizations like the Associated Press, European Press-Photo Agency, and The Independent Post. Today, he works as a photographer for Interaksyon.com and the Union of Catholic Asian News.
He has also been recognized and awarded in photography contests both local and international, like the 2017 Sinulog Photo Contest, 9th Annual iPhone Photography Awards, the Monochrome International Black and White Photography Competition, the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists Climate Change Media Wards 2013, and more.
As the official lecturer of SunStar-Cagayan de Oro's Phoneography seminar this Saturday, March 18, Kintanar says that he will focus more on the dos and don'ts, most especially in ethics and editing of photos, rather than teaching the technicalities in operating a smartphone.
Basically, he wants to impart to aspiring photographers the simple things to place in mind when clicking cameras and sharing videos or photos in mainstream media.
"People who take pictures today and even some professional photojournalists instead of shooting the news, they get involved in the news. So, I will instruct them not on how to shoot but what to shoot," Kintanar said.