Press Release Tip 60
How to write photo captions
Write your own captions for photos you send to the media and share on social media. This will increase the chances of an accurate caption. And you’ll be making the media’s job easy. Here are some quick guidelines for writing captions:
- Identify people in the photo from left to right.
- Say where the photo was taken.
- Write a one- or two-word description of the action.
- Make sure all names are spelled correctly.
- Write in the present tense. Example: “Second-grader Timmy Smith swings at the T-ball while his classmate, Brady Turner, waits his turn.”
- Don’t use phony verbs that say the person is doing one thing when all they’re really doing is posing. Don’t use “poses,” “stands,” “is shown,” “is pictured,” “looks,” “smiles,” or “shakes hands.”
- Don’t state the obvious. If the photo shows Jane Smith waving, don’t say “Jane Smith waves good-bye.” Instead, add some information such as where she’s going and when she’ll be back.
These two excellent free resources will help you write better captions:
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