Looking for the right caption for the right photo

So after spending copious amounts of time photographing and interviewing various people for my essay its time to start considering the structure of my photo essay’s.

In light of some very depressing blog’s about prospective photography from my fellow classmates I thought the following would be a great help to nail those captions.

I have taken this from Alamy.com’s news picture guidelines.

Have a look at these fictional captions and see what a poor caption looks like and how it may be improved.

Bad caption Why is the caption bad? Good caption
Barack Obama meets Daffy Duck Who is Barack Obama?
Who is Daffy Duck?
Which one is which?
US President Barack Obama (left) meets a man dressed up as the cartoon character Daffy Duck (right) at the World Cartoon Fair in Khartoum, Sudan, on Friday April 1, 2011
Leaves falling from the trees in Regent’s Park Where is Regent’s Park?
When did this happen?
Why should I care?
Leaves fall from the trees in Regent’s Park, London, UK, on Thursday July 14, 2011, as the country suffers its worst drought for 35 years. The UK’s Met Office reported on Thursday that no rain had fallen in the UK for 40 days and 40 nights.
Woman votes at polling station Who?
What is she voting for?
What is happening?
Why should I care?
Norah Jones, 24, a firefighter, enters a polling station at Big School, Little Town, UK, on Thursday May 5, 2011. Polls suggest the General Election result will be the closest for a generation.
Peaceful demonstrator gets hit by an out of control riot policeman in Trafalgar Square as students demand the right to an education. Where is Trafalgar Square?
Pejorative language.
Political bias.
Why should I care?
A policeman strikes a student protester at a demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London, UK, on Friday April 1, 2011. Fights broke out between demonstrators and police during a march by more than 100,000 students, who were protesting at Government plans to triple University tuition fees.

So lets put this into practice:

Image 1

A candle maker stands in his studio.

Image 2

Piri was serving a 25 year sentence for armed robbery, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. During his time in prison Piri completed his Matric. He says throughout his sentence he was supported by the letters his family sent him. He now makes candles in the South African township of Soweto for a living because of the education he recieved in prison.Educating prisoners significantly helps with reducing the chances of reoffending.

Which caption gives more information about the story at hand? Remember the caption is a powerful tool. Let’s use it people

I am sure Mr TJ Lemon and Mr Antony Kaminju would approve of this message.

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