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The Wonderful World of Caption Writing

Everything a yearbook photographer needs to know about writing compelling captions
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EHS Echo Yearbook

on 22 August 2011

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Transcript of The Wonderful World of Caption Writing

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Compelling Captions A is for... C is for... B is for... Why do we need captions in our yearbook? Here are some examples What makes a good caption is going beyond the obvious. To create interest It is important to give the reader extra information to enhance the picture. To do this Explain who is the picture
Explain what he/she/they are doing
Provide other information as to what is going on Okay, so why do photographers write captions? Keep these in mind Don't start with the person's name
Never just state the obvious
Avoid biases and cliches
Stray from using the passive voice Now, try it! Explain to the reader who is in the picture and what is going on Photographers capture the moment in pictures, so they were there when the event happened. They should be able to answer who/what/where/when/why (Do not fear though! It's as easy as A B C.) action Action and emotion are the basis of photographs. So in the caption background Provide information about what went on before the picture was taken
Give supporting information as to the result or what happened after the picture was taken
Explain what is happening when the picture was taken content Provide an extra (not redunant) fact
Use a quote from someone in the picture or another person who was there
Display a startling fact or statistic
Throw in anything that is related to the picture Remember:
Stick to about three sentences
Less is more
Use leads
Check for correct, speeeling grammur and puncu@tioN usage (no exclamation points!!!!!)
Make sure the caption draws the reader in Leads are... ways to capture your reader's attention and be interesting enough to make him or her read the copy. Types: Startling fact/statistic Suspence Question Descriptive Compare or compare and contrast Narrative hook Putting it together is as easy as... 1. 2. 3. First sentence:
Present tence
State who is in picture and grade
Describe event Second sentence:
Past tence
State either events the preceded or proceded Third sentence:
Past tence
Provide quote or additional information
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