D. Brent Miller Studio News

March 9, 2011


Some people want to write. Some want to photograph. A few do both. But there is one area that requires writing skills for your photography.
Captions make photography more engaging

When you start creating those travel photographs, make sure you take along a notebook or little voice recorder for making notes. You will want such a tool for collecting and creating engaging information in your photo captions.

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

The caption above doesn't tell you anything more than what you can read in the photo. This is where many photographers AND magazines could pay a little more attention. Most photos, at a minimum, are labeled with location and
what is in the photo. We can see what's in the photo. Why should a caption tell us what we're looking at?

A caption should tell us something more about the photo. Practicing good news technique can help--the five "W"s. Who, what, when, where, why and how. So, following this principle, here is a more informative caption for the photo above.

Following the trails of the pioneers, D. Brent Miller motorcycled through Scotts Bluff National Monument on Nebraska State Route 92. In the mid 1800s, the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail and Pony Express Trail all merged on this route to pass through this geological gap in the terrain, Mitchell Pass. Scotts Bluff was named after fur trader Hiram Scott, who established a trading post in the area. He died in 1828.


Clearly, there is a difference in captions. Doesn't the second one make you want to follow the trails of the pioneers? That's how photography should engage readers in storytelling. Make sure you have a notebook or voice recorder in your camera bag before you take off on your next adventure.


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I'm making plans for a little travel, and I'm dreaming of Arizona.

Superstition Mountain Cholla Cactus
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Thanks for reading. See you on the highway.

D. Brent Miller
D. Brent Miller

Writer, Photographer

& Producer


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