A photo essay a series of photographs that, when combined with text in a specific sequence, tell a story about your experience. There are several ways you can incorporate photo essays into your Trinity Portfolio. Here is a summary of the formats:

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…with instructions (or links to instructions) on how to create them.


A gallery is a grouping of images, usually with captions. It's requires the least amount of sequencing (since visitors to your portfolio will be able to pick and choose what order to view the images in), and can give you the most opportunity for showing detail in images. Once they visitor clicks on the image, they can move through them in the sequence you've specified.

Here's what a gallery looks like (be sure to click on a image for the full experience):

Galleries like this are a standard feature of WordPress. Wordpress.org has great instructions for creating galleries on their site at this link.



Example of a listicle.

If you've ever visited Buzzfeed, you are already familiar with the listicle format.

A listicle is a list of images, tied together with titles and captions to create a full story. The list format implies a temporal sequence of events (first, second, third), but any kind of story with a beginning, middle and end can work in this format.

Typically, a listicle starts with a title and an introduction text. After that, there is a sequence of images. Each image is preceded by a short line of text, and usually a number to indicate sequence. Text, in a lighter typeface, sometimes follows each image, and can include links to other content if appropriate. The story continues through all  the images, then comes to a conclusion with some closing text.

Buzzfeed's "Facebook Cancelled A Harvard Student's Internship After He Exposed A Massive Glitch In Their System" is an example of a listicle.

You don't need to use any special tools to create a listicle in your Trinity Portfolio. It's generally a matter of applying formatting appropriately within a post.

Create a listicle in a portfolio post

The "secret" to creating a listicle in a portfolio post using the formatting options available to you in the WordPress Post editor.

First, in your new post, start with a sentence or two that introduces your listicle.

Next, make sure the posts editor is showing all the options you need. You want to make sure you have the Toolbar Toggle "open" (1 in the image below).


With the Toolbar open, you'll see a drop-down menu that say "Paragraph" by default (2 in the image above).  Opening this drop-down shows all the heading style options available to you.  You want to use Heading 3 for the title text before each image.

Note that Headings will apply to entire paragraphs of text. So when you type your first headline, select Heading 3 when you're done:


Then, you're ready to add your first image. You'll follow the same steps you do for uploading a regular image, but you want to make sure you select a wide enough image size (usually full size or the size labeled "large"). If you want viewers of your post to see a larger version of the image when they click on it, specify "Media File" in the Link To drop-down menu.

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That's all you need to do! Repeat with the next heading and images until you are done.



A slideshow also had images prearranged in a sequence, but the images are presented one at a time, usually with titles and text in an animated box. There are several examples of slideshows on this site, but the one showcasing the themes that are available for your portfolio is a good one to look at:

There are many WordPress slider plugins available out there, but the Sangar Slider is available in every portfolio site. It's easy to set up and is responsive to different device displays, so your portfolio site will display well on desktops, tablets and mobile devices.

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Want to further explore crafting photo essays?

Photojournalism and Photo Essay Fundamentals, on Lynda.com is a good course to take if you’re interested in further developing your photo essay. Lynda.com is free for all members of the Trinity community, and log in instructions are at this link on the Educational Technology site.

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