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Week 2 Wednesday


  1. Short-write
  2. Review the Blog Post 2 assignment (Due next Monday)
  3. Activity: Photography analysis and critique
  4. Writing captions+Learning activity
  5. Prepare for the shooting day on Friday

Short-Write #1: Journalism Next Introduction, Ch. 1, Ch. 2, and Ch. 6 (Photography)

On a piece of paper, please write your name at the top and answer the following questions (You can use the textbook for answering these questions):

  1. What are the top 5 tips or information from the Introduction, Ch. 1, and Ch. 2.
  2. What makes photography powerful? What are several ways that we can think about the term “powerful”?
  3. How do you anticipate using photography in your career?

If you still do not have the book, please submit your short-write #1 on Friday when we meet at the UW Williams Conservatory (unless you have talked to me about a different time to submit).

Remember that short-writes count as in-class participation points, which is comprised of 10% of your course grade.

Review the Blog Post 2 assignment on Canvas (Due next Monday)*

*You can start today! Take the advantage of the sunlight today.

Activity: Photography analysis and critique

You will be both the presenter and the facilitator for this activity. Please take this chance to introduce yourself in the beginning.

  1. Present the photo you have brought to class today.
  2. Ask your peers’ opinions on what creative devices they think your photo uses.
  3. Ask your peers’ opinions on how they want to improve the photo.
  4. Share your thoughts on the above questions.

Writing captions

If you shoot people, then get names and put them in captions.
[Many students neglect this. You NEED names. Unless the person is too far away or completely unrecognizable in the photo.]

A well-written caption adds value and context to the image instead of merely describing the contents of the photo. Consider including information that goes beyond the obvious.

If you capture an event, then who are the key players in the photo and event? When was the event held? What was the purpose of the event? Where was the event held? Why should the viewer care?

If you capture a portrait or photo of a person, tell the viewer more about the person or context of the photo.

  • (Example of a caption with a person in the photo) Runchao Liu teaches the Multimedia Production class at the University of Wyoming. She is a lecturer in the communication and journalism department and joined the UW last year.
  • (Example of a caption without a person in the photo) New fallen snow shimmers on the frozen ground of Prexy’s Pasture on Wednesday. This February has been one of the warmest on recent record, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Take a look at a few more examples.

Active Learning Activity

  1. Choose a partner sitting close to you.
  2. Review the The New York Times Lens photography blog.
  3. Pick a photo story to review with your partner. Talk about each photo that you examine in terms of the creative devices used in the photo.
  4. Discuss how the photographer may have captured this photo. What were the potential challenges in capturing the photo?
  5. Discuss the messages that the photograph is communicating. If a “picture is worth a thousands words”, then what words are being communicated?
  6. Be prepared to share your thoughts with the class.

Prepare for the shooting session on Friday

  1. Bring your smartphone/camera and meet at the UW Williams Conservatory (near 9th and Ivinson green space) at 9 a.m. on Friday.
  2. Think ahead. Review Monday’s and Wednesday’s blog posts and come to the shooting session with a rough idea in terms of which creative devices you would like to try.
  3. Think ahead. Wherever would you want to go for shooting?

A note about your rights and duties as a photographer.

  • In public, you can photograph anyone or anything. If they approach you and request you don’t take their picture, you may respect their request; but, keep in mind that they are in public and they cannot expect any privacy in public (i.e., you can keep taking their picture).
  • In private residences, businesses, and property, you should get permission. They may not allow photography. You can always ask for forgiveness rather than permission, though.
  • If people ask why you’re taking photos, explain it is for your class blog and schoolwork.

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