Pre-prepare image files and audio file in separate folder – image files should at least be 1920×1080 but larger if you intend to crop or zoom (Ken Burns effect)

NOTE I recommend scripting or planning the slideshow prior to opening iMovie, things to consider include:

  • Pacing / quantity of images / duration of each image in relation to audio file – for example a 3 min slideshow of 20 images (180 seconds / 20 images) equals 9 seconds per image if evenly distributed
  • Use of the same image more than once – perhaps with varying magnification or cropping
  • Use of blank and title slides

Open iMovie

File -> Project Properties (command J) -> set Aspect Ratio (16:9 recommended) -> Timing -> adjust Photo Duration -> Initial Photo Placement choose ‘Crop’ in order to fill the frame

Drag image files into project timeline

Drag audio file into project timeline

Adjust duration, sequence order, cropping, Ken Burns animation (I recommend duplicating the frame either at the end or beginning of movement)

Adjust transitions

Adjust audio fading in/out and general levels

Share -> Export Movie -> Size to Export HD

Upload video file


SMH Media –

The Guardian audioslideshows –

NY TIMES One in 8 Million –

LA TIMES pop-u-LA-tion –,0,7767099.htmlstory#/Hit_the_ground_walking

La Jetée (1962) by Chris Marker –

China (2007) by William Yang –

London 2012 by Tom Jenkins –

Minutes to Midnight by Trent Parke –

Iranian Memoir by Paolo Pellegrin –

Last Days of W by Alec Soth –

Un Jour, La Nuit by Patrick Zachmann-

Waiting for death by Liz Baylen –,0,3414993.htmlstory

Special Needs, Special Driver by Jill Nance –

Escaramuzas by Leslie Mazoch –

Blanco by Stefano De Luigi –

Money, Power and Respect by Brenda Ann Kenneally –

Access to Life by Global Fund & Magnum Motion –

America’s Dead Sea by James Lo Scalzo –

Terminal Bar by Sheldon Nadelman & Stefan Nadelman –

Kingsley’s Crossing by Olivier Jobard/MediaStorm –

Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now by Maisie Crow –

Love in the First Person by Matt Eich and Melissa Eich –

What Price Privacy? (18/08/2008):

Tabloid Trading (23/03/2009):

The Perils of Facebook (13/07/2009):

Front Page Exploitation (31/08/2009):

Private tragedy vs Public Interest (30/07/2012):

Crafting a sneaky story (30/07/2012):

When taking stock doesn’t help (20/08/2012):

Media Alliance Code of Ethics:

ABC Editorial Policies:

The Sydney Morning Herald Code of Ethics:

The Australian Professional Conduct Policy:

Access to Life by Magnum at Powerhouse Museum (ends 28/05/2013) –

Head On Photo Festival  – too many exhibitions around Sydney to mention! (17 May – 23 June 2013) –

Reportage Photography Festival (25 May – 13 June) –

Marking: 30%


Photo essay on a topic to be decided by student in consultation with tutor by week 7.

Photo essay will include 8 – 12 images with short captions for each photo (15-30 words per caption).

Final project will be uploaded to a to a blog as a photo gallery post.

Due Date:

Sunday 19 May by midnight by email and via WordPress


Photo essay of 8-12 images with captions uploaded to a blog as a photo gallery post.

Assessment Criteria:

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the way text and image work together;
  • an ability to choose an appropriate subject for this style of report;
  • a sense of visual style;
  • an ability to convey useful information succinctly in this format
  • an ability to develop a visual narrative

Submission Method:

All students must post their images to a to a blog as a photo gallery post and email their tutor the URL.

Your tutor will reply within 24 hours acknowledging email receipt of your assignment. It is your responsibility to check for this receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt email you must contact the tutor to check whether your assignment has been received. Tutors will not chase you for missing assignments and your work will be marked off as “Not submitted” unless an assignment is received on time or a follow-up email is received within three days noting that you have not received a receipt of submission email from your tutor.

World Press Photo –

Photojournalism Links –

Burn –

Timemachine Magazine –

APhotoGallery –


ET AL. Photo Collective –

500 Photographers –

The 37th Frame –

Made in Photo –

Zone Zero –

Media Storm –

The Sydney Morning Herald multimedia –

The Australian multimedia –

TIME LightBox –

The New York Times Lens Blog –

Washington Post –

The Guardian –