Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Photo Essay

Design Plan
The audience for my photo essay will include my classmates and my professor. The context will be the day that the final version is due. We will all pull up our final product on our laptops, then go around and view each other’s projects. Our photo essays must be 8 to 10 pages long and relate to our research topics. It will include original photographs with captions that should be easily understandable. I think I am going to try and raise questions to make the audience form an opinion on either why college athletes should or should not be paid a salary. I still need to take more photographs that will better show this visually. Colleges already pay for athletes’ tuition and supply them with gear and apparel, so why should they be paid? However, the athletes bring in a whole lot of money for schools. I need to take some photos that will ask these questions. This topic has been getting more and more controversial recently. I want my audience to think about where they stand on this conflict. Colleges already spend a lot of money on athletes. Some athletes get their tuition fully paid by the school, while getting free apparel and gear. So why should schools go even further and pay them like it’s a job? I created a PowerPoint presentation for this photo essay. The photo essay contains photographs and text. I am a little concerned about getting quality photographs to display my argument. Also, I need to think about how I am going to arrange the photos to make a good argument. I think I will have two or three photos arguing that they should be paid and then two or three photos arguing why they should not be paid. So, the main question: should college athletes be paid?

Closing Comments
I think overall I accomplished what I set out to do. Some of my photographs could have been better, but I think with the limited resources I had available, they do a decent job. I think I raised the questions that I was planning to raise in my design plan. When thinking about whether or not college athletes should be paid a salary, I think this photo essay does a good job showing both sides of the argument. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Photo Essay

This was the first time I have ever been assigned to create a photo essay. At first, I thought it would be pretty easy. Not so much. I am trying to raise questions about why or why not college athletes should be paid. So far, collecting photographs for this specific topic is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. I am sort of limited as to the photos I can take because I do not play a college sport so I don't have first hand experience. I have to try to get the best pictures I can, but its not that simple. Maybe I am over thinking it. I'm not sure if my photos really tell what the argument is. Some of them might be too vague. On the other hand, I do like the idea of a photo essay. I like it more than the same old papers that I have been writing throughout the years. It makes you think outside the box as to how you can relate to your topic through pictures.