Field Notes: Photography

While it may seem unusual, Wired does not use photographs as much as it does graphics.  When the publication does use photography though, the content is informative and simple (one or a few subjects and not super busy).  Every story within the publication does not contain a photo, but when there are photos in a story there are either multiple photos or a single photo that is used to help tell the story.  The photos vary in size, ranging from small photos that take up 1/12 of the page to full spread photos.  The captions that accompany the photos can be found at the bottom of the photo itself, on the side of the page with an arrow pointing to whichever photo it describes, or have corresponding numbers that go with photos that are on a different part of the page.

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The shape of the photos, rectangle, and the type of shot, medium, are two consistencies that can be found in the use of photography in Wired.  The photos do not have bright colors and do not seek to capture the reader’s attention immediately, but rather are simply there to provide a visual representation of the story and help the reader understand the story.  Type is sometimes placed on top of the photos, whether it be the headline, a caption or the body copy itself.  I feel that the sporadic use of photos coupled with their variety in size, the number of photos used in a story and the way captions are used, accurately represents the personality of Wired.

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