Major Assignment V: Spot News

Here's the link to the photographs that the students submitted for their fifth major assignment:

Major Assignment V: Spot News

The assignment goals were to understand how a photojournalist covers spot news and to gain awareness of daily events that are newsworthy, from fires, accidents and crimes to weather.

Photo Story Ideas

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For their final Major Assignment VI, students will be producing a photo story that will include 5 photographs suitable for publication.

In the comments below, the students are sharing their ideas of where they would be able to find suitable subjects for their photo stories. Students will be developing a photo story on a specific theme: either an editorial essay portraying a particular point of view or a documentary that neutrally captures a lifestyle, place or issue.

Here's the link to the photographs that the students submitted for their fourth major assignment:

Major Assignment IV: Sports Photograph

The assignment goals were to understand how a photojournalist covers a sporting event; to practice stopping action as well as taking sideline/crowd photographs that tell the story of the event; to get comfortable shooting a lot of different exposures from different angles; and to look beyond the action shot for a photograph that tells the story of the event.

Here's the link to the photographs that the students submitted for their third major assignment:

Major Assignment III: Portrait/Personality Photograph

The assignment goals were to understand how a photojournalist plans a portrait photography session and to practice approaching people to take their photographs. Students took an environmental portrait of a person in an appropriate setting, capturing the person's personality.

Here's the link to the photographs that the students submitted for their second major assignment:

Major Assignment I: Features Photograph

The assignment goals were to understand how a photojournalist covers an outdoors winter event, looking for the photograph that captures the essence of the event; to practice approaching people to take their photograph; and to plan a strategy to cover events with high reader interest.


For the Major Assignment III: Portraits/Personality Photograph, students will be taking an environmental portrait of a person in an appropriate setting, capturing the person's personality. The goals of the assignment are to understand how a photojournalist plans a portrait photography session and to practice approaching people to take their photograph.

In the comments section, the students are sharing their ideas of where they would be able to find suitable subjects for their portraits/personality photographs.

Here's the link to the photographs that the students submitted for their first major assignment:

Major Assignment I: Features Photograph

The assignment goals were to understand how a photojournalist finds a situation with strong human interest; to practice approaching people to take their photographs; and to learn more about the Duluth community.

Prominent Photojournalist Profile

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For this assignment, students will be putting together a brief PowerPoint presentation on a prominent photographer. Below is a list of photographers, and their area of expertise. In the comments section, students may select a photographer, or one will be assigned in class.

1. Ansel Adams, nature photographer: Mike
2. Eddie Adams, Vietnam war photographer
3. William Albert Allard, National Geographic: Emma
4. Jane Evelyn Atwood, Paris photographer: Sarah
5. Alexandra Boulat, French photographer: Sam
6. Margaret Bourke-White, Life photographer: Megan
7. Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer: Jon
8. Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer (UMD alumnus): Abby K.
9. Malcolm Browne, Vietnam
10. Robert Capa, World War II photographer: Aaron
11. Henri Cartier-Bresson, French World War II photographer: Kate
12. Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times photographer, Pulitzer Prize winner: Callie
13. Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Dallas Morning News photographer (UMD graduate, Pulitzer Prize winner): Liz P.
14. Richard Drew, Associated Press photographer: Chris
15. David Douglas Duncan, World War II photographer: Dane
16. Alfred Eisenstaedt, World War II photographer
17. John Filo, Kent State photographs: Alex
18. Stuart Franklin, Tiananmen Square
19. Leonard Freed, Civil Rights movement: Steve
20. Ron Galella, paparazzo: Trevor
21. Carol Guzy, Washington Post photographer: Jodi
22. Dorothea Lange, Depression-era photographer: Julie
23. Christopher Morris, war photographer
24. Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer: Liz S.
25. James Nachtwey, Time contract photographer: Lauren
26. Gordon Parks, Life Photographer: Kjestine
27. Joe Rosenthal, World War II/Iwo Jima
28. W. Eugene Smith, World War II photographer
29. John Stanmeyer, Time photographer: Ben
30. Nick Ut, Vietnam photographer
31. Bill Biggart: Ashley
32. Danfung Dennis: Abby S.

The PowerPoint presentation is due on NOON on Monday, March 22. Presentations of 5 to 8 minutes long will be made during class on March 22 and March 29. Here's the link to the assignment: Prominent Photojournalist Profile.

Practice writing captions

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Writing a strong caption fills in the blanks for your photograph - answers the 5Ws and H (who, what, when, where, why and how). Practice rewriting your captions from your February 5 Food Service assignment to more fully explain that you are providing a photograph to accompany the hypothetical article on how the Food Service area at UMD is growing in popularity.

Add your rewritten caption as a comment!

Features Photograph Ideas

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For the February 12 out-of-class assignment, students will be looking at everyday scenes for feature photographs suitable for publications in a daily newspaper. Each student needs to go to at least one place in Duluth that they have never been before and look for interesting human interest photographs.

In the comments below, the students are sharing their ideas of locations where they would be able to find suitable subjects for their features photographs.

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