First Photos

First Photos

– Capture images of interest to a general audience. (Take AT LEAST 40 Photos) The photos should be of (or including) people. No photos of just objects. Subjects should NOT be posed. You should capture them doing what they are naturally doing. Remember NOT to shoot diagonally.

-Be sure to take a photo of yourself when you check out the camera, and always take a photo of the door sign outside of the room you go into.

-Try to get photos of the person’s ID so you can identify them in your caption.

-Examples: Students in class studying, performing, presenting, etc. Teachers working with students, people in the Media Center, Counseling Center, Main Office, etc.

This photo should be something that could be published by itself or as an addition to a story in a publication. Be sure to take photos of notes on the board, worksheets, or any papers with additional information. You will use this to write your caption.

Take at least 40 USABLE photos (this does not include the photos of room signs or student IDs).
This will be a separate grade for each assignment and will be all or nothing 25 points.

Points Possible
  Grading Criteria:
 20 Subject: The person is not posed and they are not looking at the camera – (this is an automatic zero for this category). They are actively engaged in some interesting activity – preferably not looking at a computer screen or doing a worksheet.
5 Focus: Image is Clear, Sharp, and Not Blurry.
 40 Caption/Cutline: (All or nothing.) Written in Correct Style/Tense. All 5Ws Included in first sentence. People identified correctly. Two sentences. If you identify the caption as being incorrect and take off points, you MUST identify what is wrong, and type it correctly in the box below. You will be graded on whether or not you can tell if the captions are correct or not. If you don’t take points off and it’s wrong, you lose points.
 5 Correctness of Exposure: Balance Exposure. Light, Dark, Mid-tones all present. Good Contrast. Not Grainy. Not too light or too dark.
 20 Composition: Subject Not Centered. Rule of Thirds used. Interesting Perspective – preferably not looking down from eye level of the photographer.
 10 Newsworthy: Is the photo Journalistically Usable?


If the captions are incorrect, write them the way they should be below:

CAPTION: The caption must be written in the Simple Present Tense, (runs, studies, eats, fixes, etc.) and it should include all of the Who, What, Where and When information. The person/people should be identified by their first and last name, and by grade if it’s a student (by grade number in parentheses after their name), or job title (before the person’s name) if it’s a staff person. Example: Mary Johnson (12) or Math Teacher John Heineman. Be sure to include a space in between the student’s name and grade, and be sure not to use a comma in between the staff person’s title and first name.

The caption must also contain a second sentence written in the Past Tense telling something else about what’s happening in the photo or some other information about the person or event photographed.

Captions must be spell checked, and all of the names of people MUST be spelled correctly. Captions with misspelled names will result in an automatic 0 for the assignment.

The Caption is worth 40 points out of the total 100 points for the assignment. It will be graded as an all-or-nothing grade. If it is written in the correct style with all of the correct information in the correct form and everything is spelled correctly, you will receive all 40 points. If any of the information is missing, or if it is written in the incorrect style, you will receive 0 points. That means the best grade you could receive on the assignment, assuming everything else is perfect, would be a 60% which is a D.

Captions are extremely important! Write them carefully!

If you have questions, ask Mr. Keller BEFORE you submit the assignment.

For more detailed instructions for writing captions go to: l

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