Sports Action Photos

Sports Action

– Take photos of a school sport. Take at LEAST 100 photos. You’re looking for Action photos of the players actively playing the sport.  This should be a stopped action photo, and the players should be obviously moving fast in the photo (not standing, huddling, etc.) They should be running, jumping, hitting, passing, etc.

These should be photos of players of a Lincoln High organized sporting event in an official game, not practice.

Points Possible
  Grading Criteria:
 20 Subject:Actively Engaged in the Sport/Obvious What Sport is Being Played. 
 5 Focus: Image is Clear, Sharp, and Not Blurry.
 40 Caption/Cutline: (All or nothing.) Written in Correct Style/Tense. First Sentence includes: People identified correctly. Specific name of the sport and what team it is (Varsity, JV, etc.) Location and opponent mentioned. Two sentences.
 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.
 10 Newsworthy: Is the photo Journalistically Usable?



The captions must be written in the Simple Present Tense, (runs, studies, eats, fixes, etc.) and they 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.

Be sure for sports photos that you identify the specific sport, whether it is varsity, JV, or reserve, who the opponent was, and where and when the game was played.

Example: Ronesha Hoagland (11) shoots a free throw against Southeast during the Varsity Girls Basketball game at Lincoln High on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. The Links defeated the Knights 137 to 6.

The captions must also contain a second sentence which should include the final score and the winner in addition to some interesting information about the game/players.

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 each 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 70% 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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