Language Objective: I will collaboratively edit a story and create photos or photo illustrations for my group's assigned story.
In most photo captions the first sentence identifies the people and place in the photograph and supply the date and location where it was taken. The second (and perhaps third) sentence should provide contextual information to help readers understand what they are looking at.
The exact format for captions vary from publication to publication, but a basic photo captions should:
- Clearly identify the people and location that appear in the photo. Professional titles should be included as well as the formal name of the location. SPELL NAMES CORRECTLY (check against the spellings in the article if necessary) For photographs of more than one person, identifications typically go from left to right. In the case of large groups, identifications of only notable people may be required and sometimes no I.D.s are required at all.
- Include the date and day the photograph was taken. This is essential information for a news publication. The more current a photo is the better. If an archive photograph or photograph taken prior to the event being illustrated is used, the caption should make it clear that it is a “file photo.”
- Provide some context or background to the reader so he or she can understand the news value of the photograph. A sentence or two is usually sufficient.
- Photo captions should be written in complete sentences and in the present tense. The present tense gives the image a sense of immediacy. It does not always logical to write the entire caption in the present tense. Often the first sentence is written in the present tense and following sentences are not.
- Be brief. Most captions are one or two short, declarative sentences. Some may extent to a third sentence if complex contextual information is needed to explain the image completely.
Practice: Write a caption for the following photos:
Due Thursday, May 5 during first period. 50 points.
To be considered complete, your deadline MUST include:
- at least two sharp, focused, relevant, high quality photos
- a complete photo caption (see rules above)
- name of the photographer
- include all names of your group members (submit individually on CANVAS, as a group via gmail)
- Visual Deadline due by the end of the period today
- Copyedit your deadlines: Include two versions of headline and your byline