WRITE A PHOTOGRAPHIC CAPTION
Describe the components of and the different types of photographic captions.
Given procedures for writing photographic captions.
Demonstrate competency of the task skills and knowledge by correctly responding
to 80 percent of the multiple-choice test covering caption writing.
TM 11-401-2 Section III Writing Captions
Learning Event 1:
DESCRIBE THE USE OF DA FORM 3315 PHOTOGRAPHER'S CAPTION
Preparing captions. A very important part of your job will be preparing
complete and accurate captions for the photographs you have taken.
discussing the actual writing of the captions, let's discuss how to use DA Form
a. Every photograph should be accompanied by a complete caption.
Military photographs without a caption have less value and limited use.
Captions should include such information as location, significance of objects,
and pertinent information concerning the recorded image as is necessary to its
purpose. Further, captions should identify personnel appearing in the picture
with full name, grade, service, branch, and other relevant data.
statements should be clear, concise, and accurate.
b. DA Form 3315 is the official form used by the photographer for caption
Preferably, the factual caption should be prepared right after
the film is exposed.
If circumstances make this impossible, photographers
should keep brief notes and, on the basis of these notes, prepare captions as
soon as possible after coverage has been completed.
Although DA Form 3315 (fig 3-1) looks pretty simple, you will have to
keep in mind that after the film is developed you may never see the job again.