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Transcript of Yearbook Captions
Easy as ABCD
A: Attention getter
A mini-headline that
makes a direct link
from the caption to the
B: Basic Information
The first sentence that
tells who and what is
happening in the photo.
It uses present tense.
C: Complementary Information
A past tense sentence that adds
information that is not readily
obvious in the photo. Usually contains
information that indicates the outcome
or consequence of the action in the photo.
: Tom Cruise, star of the new film, “War of the Worlds,” and Katie Homes, fiancée
: Wave to the crowds
: Los Angeles, Kodak Theater
: Monday, June 27, 2005
: Arrived for screening of new movie
Answer the 5 W's
-Attention getter is two-three words and is strong and interesting.
-Attention getter makes the caption/photo connection.
-Use strong, visual, specific nouns.
-Use colorful, lively action verbs.
-First sentence uses the present tense.
-First sentence appropriately identifies who is in the photo and describes what is happening without stating the obvious.
-Complementary information is presented in past tense and takes the reader beyond the moment of the photo.
-Include as many of the who, what, when, where, why and how.
-Quotes are interesting and not just facts.
-All names and grade levels are spelled correctly.
-All people are identified appropriately.
-Spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.
Captions that provide detailed information give the readers the full story not only for the now, but also for the years to come.
Tug -O- War. Not backing down,
sophomore Mary Lopez and junior Kyle Jones rehearse a scene for their upcoming show. Their performance was part of
the first ever “Dancing with the Staff,” a
collaborative Spring-themed show by
students and staff members presented in
the newly renovated Claire J. Chambers
Auditorium. “When it came time for the
show, it hit me that this was the real
thing,” said Mary Lopez. “I was really
nervous just before I went on stage.”
D: Direct Quote
A quote from someone in the photo discussing an aspect of the event captured in the picture.
Quotes capture the thoughts of those who were part of the event.
Sometimes the quote swaps positions with the complimentary
aption. Every picture must have a caption.
nswer. Captions should always answer the 5W’s. Who? What? Where? When? Why?
osed. The only posed photos in your yearbooks should be group photos.
wo or three sentences. 1st Sentence: The first line should answer all of the 5W’s. 2nd Sentence: This can be a fun fact, quote or background information that provides insight about the event, the photo or the subject that would not be obvious.
nterview. To obtain real facts, interview the people in your photos.
bvious. Don’t state the obvious. Tell the reader more than what he can see in the picture.
ever. Never write joke captions. They are usually not funny, can be distasteful and may cause hurt feelings as well as lawsuits.
huffle: Begin some captions with who, others with when and others with -ing verbs.
Practice the Caption Shuffle
Most captions start with the Who fact. Re-shuffling the facts can create more captivating captions. Practice moving the When card above the Who card and the Where card above the Who, etc.
starting with When
Monday, June 27, Tom Cruise, star of the new film, “War of the Worlds,” and fiancée Katie Holmes wave to 200 fans at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles before attending the first screening of his newest movie.
starting with Where
At the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles June 27, Tom Cruise, star of the new film, “War of the Worlds,” and fiancée Katie Holmes wave to 200 fans before the screening of his newest movie.
starting with What
This caption often starts with a gerund (-ing verb) and then has present tense verb after the subject.
Waving to over 200 fans, Tom Cruise, star of the new film, “War of the Worlds,” and fiancée Katie Holmes react to the crowds at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles June 27, before the first screening of his newest movie.
starting with Why
Before the screening of his newest movie, Tom Cruise, star of the new film, “War of the Worlds,” and fiancée Katie Holmes wave to over 200 fans at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles June 27.