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Photo Essays  

This LibGuide introduces students to the development and publication of Photo Essays.
Last Updated: May 14, 2010 URL: Print Guide

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Assemble Your Essay

Now that you have your pictures and your text, it's time to put them together.  While this may seem relatively simple, it is important that you really take some time to think about the most effective order for your essay.  For example, some topics may require a very linear approach.  If you are trying to explain the water cycle, you will want to insure your essay follows the process in order, beginning with the first step in the cycle.  However, if your essay is on a global problem or you are investigating a person's culture, you might consider using a different approach.  If you were discussing the problem of polar ice melting, you may decide the essay is most effective if you begin with what is happening now and then link back to the causes or begin by making a plea to your audience for change.  There is no one right answer.  It is up to you as the author to create a photo essay that not only establishes and fulfills a clear purpose but truly captures the attention of your audience.


PowerPoint is one of the easiest programs to work with when it comes to creating your Photo Essay.  Below are some links to web tutorials that can assist you in putting music to your essay as well as creating a movie from your PowerPoint.  They key is to start early.  That way, if you have difficulty getting everything to work, you have time to ask for more help.


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