Photo essay ideas and some great tips for creating your own

Learn how digital media experiences can deepen student understanding of subject-area content, encourage critical thinking, and develop textual, aural, and visual literacies. Explore strategies for helping students analyze the purpose and context of images and understand how to communicate effectively and ethically with images. In addition, use Adobe Photoshop to create your own photo essay and plan a photo essay activity for your students.

use Adobe Photoshop to create your own photo essay and plan a photo essay …

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I think fast food is boring. You need something with range that will hopefully draw emotion or educate people a little.

As an example, we did a fun photo essay of a temple here in Bangkok. We got shots of people showing respect to Buddha, the statues, and things that convey the 'feel' of the temple. That is what you want to strive for when doing a photo essay.

For the OP, it might help if we knew what setting you lived in. A small country town is going to have a different subject than a big city.

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This type of photo essay centres around an event, usually a news type event such as an earthquake and so on but could be smaller scale such as a local wedding. Also, it could be quite linear (for example, following chronological events within the bigger event) but not always.

A photo essay can run from anywhere from five photos to 35 photos or more. There are no hard and fast rules how many photos you need. What you need is enough photographs to tell your story and make your point. Make sure you know your story. Don’t run down rabbit trails with photos like a bad story teller does with words. Too many images get complicated and you risk loosing your viewer to boredom.Having kids take on a scientific phenomenon like clouds and use photographs to show what they know is powerful. I think that a scientific problem is a better subject. Water in the community, flooding, trash, weeds, land use, traffic flow, or energy efficiency could all be great topics. In my city we just had a huge 4th of July celebration in a local park. Over 50,000 people left behind piles of trash. One student with a camera would have seen that event differently with before, during and after photos. I am guessing that this student could make some amazing suggestions of where to place trash receptacles to prevent the problem next year. This observation and evidence technique could work for trash around the school or in any area of the city. Time magazine ran an online photo essay on trash in Italy a while back. It is a good example of illustrating a problem with photos.
Photo essays are an increasingly popular medium for journalists, bloggers, and advertisers alike. Whether you’re trying to show the emotional impact of a current news story or share your hobby with friends and family, images can capture your topic in a personal, emotional, and interesting way. Creating a photo essay can be as easy as choosing a topic, getting your images, and organizing the essay.