There are four methods you can use to identify the subject in the image.
1. Action - The best method. The subject is identified by the activity they are doing. In this example, Airman Snuffy is the one adjusting the bolt.
U.S. Air Force Airman Joe Snuffy adjusts the tension of a bolt on the landing gear of a C-130.
2. Obvious Contrast - This method is usually easier to use when there is a public figure involved. The reader already knows the public figure, which makes it easier to identify the other individual by obvious contrast. In this example, there are two people shaking hands, but we know which one is President Obama.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Jane Snuffy during a ceremony at…
3. Process of Elimination - Although this method can be complex, it is effective and works with all methods. In the caption below, the reader knows that Gen. Bear Lipton is the one presenting, while the Master Sgt is the recipient.
Gen. Bear Lipton presents Master Sgt. Snapshot Jones with…
4. From Left - This method is not commonly used, but it works well with groups. When using this method, IT IS NOT left to right, instead, it is simply “from left.”
From left, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Blue, Cpl. Jane Doe, and…
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Blue, left, and Cpl. Jane Doe…