Tips and tricks from ST photojournalist

Pay attention to the untold stories around you, says Ms Neo Xiaobin, who helps to coordinate a weekly photo feature for the paper.
Pay attention to the untold stories around you, says Ms Neo Xiaobin, who helps to coordinate a weekly photo feature for the paper.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Be curious, talk to the people around you, ask the right questions and let your interests lead you in finding good stories.

These were among the tips shared by Straits Times executive photojournalist Neo Xiaobin, 33, to aspiring photojournalists in the audience at a talk titled Keeping It Local: Looking For Newsworthy Stories at the National Museum of Singapore yesterday.

Ms Neo, who helps to coordinate a weekly photo feature by The Straits Times picture desk that runs on Mondays, said: "Be observant about your surroundings and the people around you. There are things happening around us every day. We just need to notice certain subtleties in life.

"There are communities around us with interesting stories that have not yet been told."

During the talk, she offered insight into the work produced by The Straits Times photo team over the past year, including stories on Singapore Airlines cabin crew training, a family coping with congenital cataracts and wildlife in Singapore.

Those who attended also learnt how to look for good stories in the community and the various considerations behind story ideas.

The talk was part of a series held in conjunction with the 2016 World Press Photo exhibition presented by The Straits Times.

On Saturday, Straits Times photojournalist Kevin Lim will share his experience covering the Olympics last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There will also be guided tours at the National Museum of Singapore, the venue supporter, at 10am and 12.30pm on Saturdays and at 12.30pm on Sundays. The free exhibition closes at 7pm this Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'Tips and tricks from ST photojournalist'. Print Edition | Subscribe