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09/04/2019

How do I present a photo essay?

QUESTION
How do I present a photo essay?
In my photography class I need to do a photo essay. I took the photos. But I have no clue how I’m supposed to present it. In my test book it talks about overmatting, and matting, and mounting, but it doesn’t tell me how. Im homeschooled too (I don’t have a teacher), so I need to put my photos together on a presentation board, and then take a photo of it and send the photo along with my photo essay photos.

But I’m so confused. I bought a white poster board from Walmart, and I was going to use that as an under matting (with the 1″ rule on all sides but the bottom, which would be 1 1/2″) and then tape those to a larger piece of the same poster board. Is that what I’m supposed to do? I’m going I be graded on presentation. And this is seriously the worst textbook I have ever had. It’s so confusing and leaves out so many details. Please help… Thanks…. 🙂

ANSWER
Let me start by saying that most photo essays today are done in a digital format. I have done both hand mounted and digital ones myself, but didn’t realize how difficult it is to find an example for you. I have found two

View this:
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=seri…

And this:
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=seri…

I think you get the idea.

It’s very similar to storyboarding for film, tv commercials and comics books.

View this:
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=stor…

Start from top left and lay out the pictures in the order that makes sense. Depending on size you can do a second row under the first or many rows if the pictures are small and you are using the matboard vertically.

Note: do not attach the pictures permanently until you finalize your essay. Once you are certain of the order of the photos you can begin to attach them. You can use double-sided repostionable photo tape for this occasion. Spacing is arbitrary, but they should be evenly spaced. It’s ok to have a larger percentage of border on the bottom than the top(for the entire essay, not individual photos).

Good luck and have fun with it! 🙂