In Class Photo Assignment

Worth 5 points toward next quiz

1. Get a partner. Find a location. Outside or near a window with natural light are best.

2. Take 25-50 photos of each other. Your goal is to get three solid photos:

  • A portrait (from the shoulders up)
  • A detail shot of a significant personal item that the person is carrying with them (i.e., favorite coffee mug, cell phone, soccer ball, a photo from wallet, an item of clothing, a piece of jewelry, iPod with favorite band, key chain, etc.)
  • A medium shot (waist up) of the person holding the item.

3. Upload all shots to your computer using Image Capture. Review the photos with your partner. Pick your best three photos (1 portrait, 1 detail, 1 medium shot) and import them to the desktop.

4. Note the File Size

Control + Click>Get Info – Look at Size

5. Open Image in Preview
Control + Click>Open With>Preview

6. Show tool bar
View > Show Edit Toolbar

7. Crop
Use Rectangular Selection Tool
Edit > Crop

8. Set image size and resolution
Edit > Adjust Size
-Set image resolution to 72 pixels per inch
-Resize image to 640 X 480 pixels

Click “OK”

9. Save to your desktop

Now…Write a caption 

1. Take a quick moment to interview your partner. Take notes. Get quotes. Ask the following:

  • Full name – including how to spell it.
  • Age
  • Year in school, major
  • Hometown
  • Tell me about the item/object you were photographed with. What is the item? Describe it for me. What does it mean to you? Why is it significant?

2. Open a Word Document

3. Following AP style for captions, write a two sentence caption for your photo series.

Nearly all AP captions follow a simple formula:

The first sentence of the caption describes what the photo shows, in the present tense, and states where and when the photo was made.

The second sentence of the caption gives background on the news event or describes why the photo is significant.

In parenthesis, put the name of the photographer (Photo/Name)

Whenever possible, try to keep captions to no more than two concise sentences, while including the relevant information. Try to anticipate what information an editor or reader will need.

4. Write the most descriptive and compelling quote you have from your interview.


Joe Billbob, 23, a first-year biology major at Rowan University, shows off his new iPhone 6 Plus in Glassboro, N.J., Monday, October 8, 2014. Billbob waited in line for 36 days outside of the Apple Store in Center City Philadelphia so he could be the first one to buy the new phone when it was released in mid-September. (Photo/Nick DiUlio)

“If I don’t have the new iPhone the day it comes out I feel like a loser,” said Billbob.

When you are done, post your three images with a caption on your blog. We will look at them together as a class (and then you can delete them).

Some tips and things to practice:


  • Avoid using the flash if possible.
  • Go outside or use a large window for natural light.
  • Watch out for shadows on the face.
  • Avoid strong backlight.
  • Avoid light directly in subject’s eyes.


  • Neutral and simple are best.
  • Position your subject away from the wall. A flash can cause shadows.
  • No poles or trees growing out of her head.


  • Fill the frame.
  • Think rule of thirds.
  • Get closer.
  • Try different angles.

About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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