• Photo Essay Project



    All photos used in this project must be your own original photos taken by you!!!
    Remember to correctly cite any direct quotes as well as any references you used to research your essay. Cite interviews using the correct bibliographical format for interview references (name of interviewer & person being interviewed, date, time & location of interview, etc.) Bibliography Format: MLA bibliographic format is required for bibliography, end notes, and/or footnotes. (If you are unsure how to properly cite reference material please feel free to ask for assistance in this area.  Here are a few helpful web sites:  http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mlahttps://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/http://www.easybib.com/ )
     For this assignment you may choose to complete any one of the following projects:
    • Magazine format educational/instructional/”how-to” article - 1700-2000 words plus 12-15  of your own original photos that you have taken to illustrate / clarify the information you provide.
    • Calendar – 12 -15 photos (cover photo each with 125-175 educational / instructional words per “month” / page
    • Children’s book – your own original (1700-2000 word) story illustrated with 12-15 of your own original photos
    • Poetry book – your own original poetry (1700 – 2000 words total) illustrated with 12-15 of your own original photos
    Step 1:  Write a short Proposal.
    Decide the specific theme you would like to photograph and write about for this project. Your essay and photos should teach the reader specific facts about your topic. Your written project proposal must include your topic, what you plan to write about your topic a list of specific types of photos you intend to take (close-up, step-by-step instructions, etc.) to illustrate your topic, plus CITE A MINIMUM OF ONE WRITTEN REFERENCE RESOURCE you plan to use as a part of your research for this project.
    Step 2:  Write your essay.
     The written part of your project must be a well researched / well documented cogent essay 4-5 double spaced, typed pages (approx. 1700-2000 words) on the theme you described in your project proposal. 
    Step 3:  Take a set of photographs  to illustrate / explain the information, story or poems presented in your photo essay:      
    Shoot a minimum of 25 digital images (or shoot 1-2 rolls of  film and digitize the images by scanning the negatives). To achieve a good variety of photographs, be sure to photograph your subject(s) using different angles / vantage points, different lighting situations / different times of day, and different distances, (including close-up shots). All photos used in this project must be your own original photos taken by you!!!
    Step 4:  Edit/optimize your photos. 
    Use Adobe PhotoShop to correct/perfect a minimum of fifteen of your best photos.  Be sure that the photos you produce for this project are very sharp and of good tonal range and that they directly support/clarify/explain your written essay material. :
    Step 5:  Assemble your project
    ----- Use the instructions you learned in class to place digital photographs on the pages directly alongside the essay material.  If you are using other kinds of photos or images you can also mount the supporting images neatly (using glue, photo corners, etc.) in the pages of your booklet. The inclusion of additional artwork, poetry, appropriate quotations, etc. is highly encouraged.
    ----- Cover / Presentation: Your cover must be appropriate, neat, creative and artistic. Your cover must include your essay title, your name, and the month and year.
                                e.g..     “Light Houses” 
                                               by J. M. Doe                                           May 2015 
    Final Project Evaluation criteria:
    •     Essay section is well researched, cogently written & appropriately documented 
    •     A good selection / variety of photographs supporting the chosen topic was submitted
    •     Each print has strong impact         
      • Picture(s) create interest for the viewer.
    •     Prints show sharp details
    •     Prints show good tonal range
    •     Colors are accurate (no color shift)
    •     Project presented in assigned required/desired format.
    •     Overall project meets or exceeds requirements