All of us, in our own small way, carry out heroic acts in our daily lives – sometimes, even just waking up in the morning and venturing forth into the world takes courage. Photojournalist Ron Haviv, this week’s TWiT Photo guest, however operates on a completely different playing field than most of us. From his exclusive coverage of the civil war in Yugoslavia to the genocide in Darfur, Ron has made it his life’s work to document conflict zones — often in areas of the world that are despicably brutal and violent — in order to educate others about social inequity and abuses of human rights. Watch the video to hear Ron discuss gaining access into conflict zones, being taken prisoner 3 times in the line of duty, and decompressing after an intense assignment.

Here are Ron’s top tips:

1. Research your stories.

2. Prepare for a multi-platform end result.

3. Use your aesthetics to create a bond with the viewer and the image.

Find out more by watching the video here or on iTunes. Next week: Action photographer David Bergman.

Have questions, suggestions or praises? Please email photo@twit.tv.

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