Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 7 – Photos and Click Throughs (Cont’d)

Subtitle: Photo Galleries + Sound

How does photojournalism differ online when compared with print (magazines, newspapers, tabloids)?


  • Photo-a-Day Reflections
  • Photo Story Mechanics : Slideshows
  • Photo Story : Lab

Photo-a-Day Reflections

  • ASAP, please upload your photos (7-10) to this Catalyst drop box
  • Look at the assignment summary page – pick two (any two) – read and comment.
  • Then, in groups of three : tips for anyone thinking about starting a photo-a-day project (aka what you wish you had known before you started). We’ll have general discussion afterwards.

Photo Story Mechanics : Slideshows

Photo Story Lab (For Wednesday’s Deliverable)

  1. In pairs, look at and discuss each person’s photos. Help the other person pick a minimum of five and a maximum of eight photos that tell a story. There should be variation in point of view, subject. Chose based upon interest, creativity, composition. Exposure/color -> these are secondary at this stage.
  2. Once you have picked your images, resize them to a maximum of 800px wide or 600 pix tall (the medium is biased towards “wide” photos).
  3. If you want to experiment with exposure settings, pick “auto” (Kathy will demo with Photoshop)
  4. Now rename your images like this: 01-projectslug-yourname.jpg where “projectslug” is a one-word description of the project and “yourname” is your first name only. Everything should be lowercase – no upper case and no spaces in file names.
  5. Write captions for each photo. Be sure to identify anyone who is easily identifiable in the picture.
  6. Open Powerpoint and create a PPT presentation that contains your photos. No need for a “title” slide but you should have a credits slide at the end. It should include your name and some contact information. Put your captions in the “speaker notes” field.
  7. Create an account on if you don’t have one. Upload your PPT to SlideShare; decide whether or not you want anyone to be able to download the presentation. Be sure to give the presentation a descriptive title (not COM466 project!) and a compelling sentence or two description (this is your lede and the teaser that gets people to click on your slideshow). You must make this public not private.
  8. Create a new blog post on *your* blog. It needs a compelling title (use the same one from SlideShare if you like) and a lede/teaser (ditto). These should not include the word “I”! After the “lede” — insert the “more” tag into the blog post. Then embed the SlideShare presentation in the blog post. Below the slideshare embed, “caption” your photos by using the “numbered list” feature – you can copy & paste the captions one-at-a-time.
  9. Remember to tweet your photo slide show with #com466.


  • By noon Wed May 11th: blog post containing
    (a) a one-two paragraph summary of the visual story and an explanation your goals; note any reporting/photography challenges and
    (b) one to two paragraphs explaining how well you met your goals, what you learned doing this project, and what you would do differently if you had a chance to redo this assignment.
  • Final story due noon Wed May 11th (see changes – upload to Catalyst instead of DropBox/email)
  • In class on Wednesday, come prepared to work on your sound slides project — that is, have put enough thought into the project that you can talk about it with a peer and develop interview questions, shot ideas.

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6 Responses

  1. Marci M says:

    Marci, Stephanie, David:
    -Specific subjects need more time to find
    -Learn how to use it! Get familiar with sizing tool, like photoshop or iphoto (mac)
    -Know your camera/phone, how to adust, use best lighting, framing
    -force yourself to be more creative, look harder for something that is not so obvious.
    -look at other’s photography work for inspriation

  2. Marcy S. says:

    Kannie, Marcy, John H. – We learned about framing. Sometimes you don’t consider that an image is supposed to be wide-angled. We also didn’t know about the Rule of Thirds. Weather is important because lighting is critical. Kannie learned that taking photos at twilight or early morning is best.

  3. Sommer, Shane & Raanan.


    1. Know your equipment.
    2. Don’t be afraid to get your “hands” dirty i.e.; crawl around! Get up high! Get low!
    3. Try cropping photos numerous times to find the best frame.
    4. Take A LOT of photos!
    5. Look for patterns (visually appealing).
    6. Pay attention to the natural lighting in each photo and how it can help or hinder your shots.
    7. Always have a fully charged battery along with a spare (and spare memory card).

  4. Bryden, John, Josh:

    – Think about blog template and size of photos.
    – Take your time when taking photos.
    – Perspective, perspective, perspective… mix up your shots.
    – Think about whether horizontal or vertical composition works best.
    – Get to know your camera before you go out to take photos.

  5. Graham Amsden says:

    The most important things we learned in this project were the basics, things like the rule of thirds, framing, cropping, proper exposure and zooming. Another important thing we started doing was thinking more about how the lines in the photo draw your eye to the main focus of the photo.

    Sarah, Ashley, Graham

  6. Amelia Cole says:

    Rowdy & Mia

    Don’t be shy, sometimes you’ll look out of place, but it pays off

    Choose camera equipment that matches your skill level

    Diversify your location over the course of the assignment.

    Know about modifying and sizing images

    Be prepared for a variety of lighting situations.

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