There was an article in Saturday’s Knoxville News Sentinel about a group of students from Hardin Valley Academy and Knoxville Catholic High School who completed a surprise bedroom makeover for a North Knoxville teen who has battled cancer since 2006.

Accompanying the article was a photo gallery by New Sentinel staff photographer Adam Briner, one of the newest non-credit instructors at UT Professional & Personal Development.

The photo gallery featured 12 images that visually told the story about the bedroom makeover, including photos that showed before-and-after bedroom scenes as well as the teen’s first glimpses of his new room.

Briner’s gallery is a good example of how photos and captions can be combined to tell a compelling story. View the gallery.

Briner will teach a new course on this subject titled “Introduction to Photojournalism” beginning April 13 as an elective course in the UT Photography Certificate Program.

The course explores the history of photojournalism, how to capture the decisive moments using your camera, and how to caption photos and edit them for a multimedia presentation.

Field assignments and outside projects are a part of the course.

The course fee is $199 for seven class sessions; online registration is available.

The course requires a digital SLR camera. Participants should have knowledge of manual exposure and focus, aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode, and editing software such as Photoshop Lightroom or Photoshop Elements.

Materials for the course cost approximately $70 and must be purchased separately and brought to class.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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