Stony Brook Food Critic

The Fun and Cheap Eats blog at Stony Brook was done very nicely by Kryssy and Nicole, but I would have a couple of suggestions about it.

First off, I think the intro was a little short. I think, instead of teasing the normal places and getting away from them, they could have mentioned them in the open and described them a little bit. Describe what the Curry Club is like, what Crazy Beans is like… I think it would have gotten the people interested.

Also, I think there were probably too many words. I like the idea of trying to insert facts into the story, but at the same time, I don’t like the fact that the words are getting in the way of the pictures. The main attraction of this is supposed to be the pictures, but the words are getting in the way.

One idea to change this would be to introduce each place, and after the subheading, insert the fun facts and other things that they want to talk about before the photos. Then, you can insert the rest of the wide shot photos and let them tell the rest of the story.

One other thing I did not like about the photos was that there are some that are vertical. It kind of breaks it up, and I think this whole thing is supposed to flow. But there is only a couple of those so that is nice.

What I did like was the framing of a lot of the shots. They made ordinary food look very artistic and it makes it look even more appetizing than normal.

Another thing I like is the variety of the shots that they created. I really like the people behind the food is critical. Everybody sees the food and would be attracted to that, but at the same time, I think that showing the faces makes it a little more appealing, especially smiling faces.

Overall, I think it was very nice that they got a variety of shots from the nice food shots to the people behind it. And I’m sure the girls had a lot of fun eating the food as well!

Stony Brook Foodies

College students often face a dilemma when it comes to eating. They want to have something tasty and new that will not break the bank.

The photo story, “Fun and cheap eats around Stony Brook” may be a solution to that issue. By traveling around Stony Brook University, Kryssy Massa and Nicole Falletta were able to discover discounts and deals available to students that they otherwise may not have known about.

The pair not only took photos of the food, but also made sure to photograph the eatery’s atmosphere. The atmosphere is a huge aspect of a restaurant and gives the reader an idea of where they are eating instead of just what they are eating.

Something good about this photo story is that the pair spoke to chefs and workers at each place they visited. This gave background and further information, which could be useful to the reader and students. Being able to place a face to a name, as Kryssy and Nicole did with Latitude 121 and The Curry Club could make someone more likely to visit a restaurant.

Speaking to customers was also a great idea because it gave the opinion of someone not affiliated with the restaurant.

The only thing that could have improved the post would be getting a variety of shots. The pictures of food were all taken straight on at a similar distance. Getting pictures extremely close up or from a different angle could have shown the food from a different perspective.

A difficulty that I faced while shooting pictures for my own photo story was making sure I captured different aspects of people’s outfits. I wanted to find something that made a person’s outfit unique or captured their personality, and I think this assignment gave me the opportunity to work on just that.